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Yesterday I did something I never thought I’d do any time soon – see Great White Sharks up close and personal. This was because one of the premier attractions in Hermanus (and Cape Town), is shark cage diving.
Along with a German couple and Brian, Siobhan, Mairead and Sinead (an Irish gang I met in Hermanus) we left Hermanus Backpackers for Gansbaai where the boats leave from. We did it with Whiteshark Ecoadventures.
We got out on to the water at 9am, anchoring 30 minutes later. Then the waiting began. According to our instructor, waiting could take between 5 minutes and 5 hours. We were waiting about twenty minutes to see our first Great White Shark. Once we did the cage diving began. One by one we all got into the cage and waited for the shark to re-appear.
I was in the cage for around twenty minutes. I saw the shark on many occasions, but one particular time Jaws himself came right up to cage and smiled. I could have touched him he was that near. I’ll tell you one thing – nothing will prepare you for the first time you see a Great White Shark that close.
Over the three hours we saw a total of six sharks. The last two were the most impressive as they circled the boat repeatedly and we could get a great look at them. They are an unbelievable site.
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