Sand Tiger Sharks

In South Africa, you can spot sand tiger sharks at the Protea Banks. From Cape Town you can reach Durban in about 2 days by car. In addition to bull sharks, black tip sharks,hammerhead sharks and tiger sharks. You will find the sand tiger shark on the northern side of the Protea Banks from June to November.

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Sand Tiger Sharks South Africa

Our diving trips at a glance:

- 5 nights with half board
- 4 days of scuba diving
- Boat provisions: water, fruit juices, cookies, chocolate and sandwiches
- Rates: from ZAR 31,900
- Extension day: from ZAR 7,800

Requirement for booking:
- Recreational divers should have an AOWD diving license
- Dives: minimum of 25 dives

During the respective shark season you can watch the sand tiger sharks on one hectare, which is about the size of a football field. From June to November they can mainly be seen on the north side of the Protea Banks. Sometimes you can watch over 200 sharks who seek their peace and protection in underwater caves, valleys and ditches.

Sand tiger shark profile - Sand tiger shark
- Family: sand sharks (Odontaspididae)
- Genus: Carcharias
- Class: Cartilaginous fish (Chondrichthyes)
- Subclass: plate gill (Elasmobranchii)
- Superordinate: Real Sharks (Galeomorphii)
- Order: mackerel shark-like (Lamniformes)
- Latin name: Carcharias taurus
- Age in evolution: 400 million years
- English names: sand tiger shark, gray nurse shark, blue-nurse sand tiger, spotted ragged-tooth shark
- German name: also Sandtiger Haie
- Touch & hearing: highly developed
- Prey: fish, hake, crabs, robes, rays, blue fish, herrings, small sharks and squids
- Hunting behaviour: hunting schools of fish together (Sardine Run), otherwise solitary animals
- Social behaviour: pronounced social behaviour
- swim distance: long distance
- Distribution areas: tropical and subtropical oceans
- Colour: light brown back area covered with dark spots and whitish belly, the flanks often have reddish spots
- Dorsal fins: two dorsal fins of equal size
- Size: three meters, the females being larger than the males
- Size of the males: 2.20 to 2.65 meters
- Cleft gill: two
- Dentition: Revolver dentition
- Eyes: slightly elliptical shape & relatively small, no protective membrane
- Swim bladder: none
- Stomach: they are the only sharks that can store inhaled air in their stomach so that it acts as a swim bladder.
- Senses of smell: very pronounced
- Body shape: spindle-shaped, strong & pressed
- Sexual maturity: approx. 2 meters in length
- Pregnancy: eight to twelve months
- Number of young at birth: 2 young sharks
- Size of the juvenile sharks: 1 meter
- Weight of the boys: 20 kg
- Birth: born alive
- Shark accidents with people: not dangerous
- Senses: lateral line organ & Lorenzini ampoules
- Washington Convention on Endangered Species: not listed
- Red list: endangered

If you are planning your trip to South Africa from Cape Town, we would like to offer you Cape Town shark diving in Gansbaai. Only here is the likelihood of an encounter with the great white shark very high.

If you would like more information about our cage diving tours, please contact us.

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