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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Shark Alley: Swimming with Sharks in Gansbaai Africa

Shark Alley in Gansbaai South Africa is the great white shark capital of the world. 


Shark Alley in Gansbaai South AfricaIn the safety of a cage, Gansbaai is world known for face to face diving with sharks that are quite possibly, the world's most feared creatures. Around 2 hours southeast of Cape Town lays the small fishing village of Gansbaai South Africa. The Gansbaai coastline houses the Marine Big Five due to large populations of sharks, seals, dolphins, penguins and whales that thrives in the waters. Gansbaai South Africa is also home to Shark Alley which is residence to one of the largest populations of great white sharks in the world.

Swimming with the sharks in Gansbaai South Africa Great White Shark cage divingShark Alley is a narrow channel of water that runs between Dyer Island and Geyser Rock in South Africa. The legendary great white shark is far more fearsome in our imaginations than in reality. Great whites are the largest predatory fish on Earth. They grow to an average of 15 feet or 4.6 meters in length. Great white sharks are attracted to the shores on Dyer Island due to colony of 58,000 Cape Fur Seals who breed on the shoreline from May to August. Cape Fur Seals are favorite food for great white sharks. 

The area around Dyer Island and Shark Alley is a popular tourist destination for shark cage diving. Great White sharks are protected in South African waters. Diving outside the cage can only be done with a permit for research or filming purposes. 

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