Winter Diving on the Aliwal Shoal.
The sand tiger shark, also known as the Grey Nurse Shark, or here in South Africa as ‘Raggie” are one of the most unique and impressive species of shark. Commonly found in the warm waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans, the sand tiger shark is an apex predator that has been around for millions of years. While these sharks may look intimidating due to their fierce appearance, they are actually quite docile and pose little threat to divers.
The sand tiger shark is easily recognizable due to its unique color pattern. Its body is a mix of light and dark grey, with darker spots on its back and lighter spots on its belly. These sharks also have two large dorsal fins and a pointed snout. They are also quite large, growing up to 10 feet long and weighing up to 500 pounds. They feed primarily on small fish, squid, and crustaceans, and they rarely attack people unless they are provoked. In fact, they are more likely to be scared away by humans than to attack them.
These amazing sharks can be found in a variety of habitats, but they prefer shallow waters near the shore. They tend to swim close to the bottom and can often be found aggregating on common dive sites along the Aliwal Shoal frequently visited by our Crew here at African Watersports. Under the expert guidance of the Shark Whisperer, Walter Bernardis, get up close and personal with these incredible Sharks of the Reef!
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