REMEMBER ALL THOSE HORROR FILMS?
Well…shark breaching isn’t EXACTLY the same
BUT IT’S PRETTY DARN CLOSE!
SHARK BREACHING IS ONE OF THE ANIMAL
KINGDOM’S MOST AWESOME DISPLAYS OF
POWER AND PREDATORY SKILL
•The Great White is perhaps the most feared hunter that
prowls our oceans
•It is has evolved to become a true apex predator
•The diet of this killing machine includes fish, other
sharks, whales, dolphins, seabirds and…seals
When a shark is hunting the fast moving seals, it can often pick up speeds
of 40 miles per hour. It hits its prey with such force that it can
clear the surface of the water, sometimes flying as much as 10 feet into
Seal Island is
home to a
population of more
than 60 000 seals.
Its waters are
prowled by a
The seals run a
when they risk the
open ocean to feed.
If seals enter the Ring of Death, the area
surrounding the island where the great whites
patrol, nearer the surface, they are more likely
to fall victim to the hunt.
If it chooses to swim in
the murky lower
depths then it has a
far better chance of
GO ON LITTLE GUY!
While the shark attempts to surprise its
prey, the seal sometimes sees it coming.
If this is the case, it has to
dodge it at the last second
before it is hit with a brutal
force and ferocity that usually
results in an instant kill.
We find ourselves rooting for
the seals but there is no
doubting that this is one of
mother nature’s perfect
displays of terrible, predatory
Get up close and
• Travel with Extreme Scene to Simonstown, to the
famed Seal Island
• Watch as the sharks leap majestically out of the
There is a cage on the boat so there will be time to go
shark cage diving. Make sure to book for the peak
season of mid April through to September
Which one to visit?
Well, False Bay is rightly famous for its breaching sharks.
Yet Gansbaai is known for being
the Shark Capital of the World.
Tours from Extreme Scene visit
Dyer Island, Geyser Rock and
Shark Alley. It is certainly a
popular tourist attraction in
South Africa, second only to the
Kruger National Park.
The focus of Gansbaai:
• The cage diving here is far more purposeful
• Tour operators will deliberately attract the sharks through ‘chumming’
• Wetsuits and diving gear are provided and you are constantly under the
supervision of a diving master
• It is therefore a slightly more controlled environment than the wild
unpredictability of the breaching sharks in False Bay
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