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Mon, 25 January 2010

Makos, blues, raggies, sevengills? Just some of the sharks found around Cape Town. A special expedition to the Canyon, a fish-rich area in the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean 25 miles from Cape Point, yields some amazing photographs (see slideshow below). These and other photos were shot in False Bay by Steve Benjamin and Jean Tresfon, who writes a few words from the field. Thanks to Animal Ocean.



After hearing some good reports of tuna being caught at the Canyon (a spot 25nm SW of Cape Point) a few friends and I decided to spend a day at sea trying to shoot a few of these fish. My friends are all spearos and my weapon of choice was a Nikon.

We went out with Steve Benjamin of Animal Ocean. The sea was very rough with fair size swell and around 20kts of wind. We did not find the tuna, but did manage to attract a few blue sharks and mako sharks. For me the day was characterised more by missed opportunities than by the results that were obtained.

I was really sea-sick, worse than any time in the last 5 years despite being at sea every weekend. When Steve reported the arrival of the sharks I really could not have cared less and just lay on the deck heaving. Steve did not relent and would not rest until I had kitted up and dropped over the side.

Being in the water did not help much but I took a few decent shots over the course of about 20 minutes. After that I started to throw up in the water and was in danger of drowning so I climbed back in the boat. (I also was no longer concentrating on watching the sharks which is not clever when there are excited makos darting around).

I preset the exposure on the camera and handed it to Steve, who spent another half an hour in the water taking pictures. While my own memories of the day were not the most pleasant, I can only recommend the trip to others.

These pelagic sharks are stunning, and being out there in the warm clean water, with 600m to the bottom and nothing but you and the sharks is just an experience that words and pictures just cannot do justice to. I will definitely be going back soon, but this time will be taking a few motion sickness tabs before hand! - Jean Tresfon

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Guy Rudolph
0 #1 Guy Rudolph 2010-01-30 14:20
Damn thats sounds cool :lol: , unlucky u got so sick, :sad: aniway i will definatly be going down there sometime soon and hopefuly have a gr8 experience like it looks like u had in the photos...
Guy
 
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