Black Tip Sharks

While shark diving in South Africa, you can spot Black tip sharks in the Durban area without a shark cage. From Cape Town or Johannesburg you can arrange transfer for yourself. For small or large group's, we are happy to organize transport from the respective airport.

From October to December the black tip shark stays in large groups in our diving area. From January often in a small group of 5 sharks, mostly accompanied by hammerheads.

He is very interested in divers and will swim towards them at great speed. He circles the group of divers and leaves the area again after a while. His hunting behaviour is noticeable, which can be observed particularly during the Sardine Run.

As soon as it discovers a large school of fish, it hunts the prey from below and bites in all directions when attacking. It does not slow down its buoyancy and only comes to a halt above the water surface and makes large jumps in the water.

Black tip Sharks - South Africa Diving Travel – Durban Shark Diving

black tip sharks Durban

 © photo by Daniel Brinckmann  

On our ocean safaris you can spot tiger sharks, bow-forehead hammerheads, whale sharks, bull sharks and other shark species while diving. Find out more about Shark Season on the following page: Shark Season

Our diving trip at a glance:

- 5 nights with half board
- 4 days diving with tanks
- Food on the boat: water, fruit juices, sandwiches, biscuits and chocolate
- Rates: from ZAR 31,900 - Extension day: from ZAR 7,800

Requirement when booking:
- AOWD diving license
- Minimum of 25 dives

Black tip shark profile

- Name: Black tip Shark, Great Black tip Shark, Long-Nose Shark, Deep Sea Black tip Shark, Spinner Shark
- Special feature: The shark species should not be confused with black tip reef sharks.
- Latin name .: Carcharhinus limbatus
- English names: Black tip shark, Black Tip, Black tip whaler
- Genus: Carcharhinus (Carcharhinus)
- Tribe: vertebrates (Chordata)
- Class: Cartilaginous fish (Chondrichthyes)
- Family: Requiem sharks (Charcharhinidae)
- Habitat: tropical and subtropical seas
- Colour of the predatory fish: the back is bronze-gray with a white belly
- Size: 1.9 to 2.5 meters
- Head shape: pointed snout
- Body shape: slim
- Gills: large cleft gills
- Eyes: relatively small eyes
- Fins: first fin large, dark colored, except for the anal fin
- Inter dorsal ridge: not present
- Sexual maturity: 4 years with a length of about 1.8 meters
- Pregnancy: up to 11 months - every 2 years
- Birth: viviparous
- Young sharks: 3 to 15 young sharks
- Birth size: 40 to 70 cm
- Life expectancy: 12 years
- Diving depth: up to 30 meters, stays more on the water surface
- Prey: mackerel, flatfish, small sharks, rays, herrings, tuna, sardines, crabs and mollusks
- Best diving time: all year round, October to December with large groups
- Best diving area in South Africa: near Durban, Garden Route
- Other diving areas in Africa: Mozambique, Kenya, Madagascar, Seychelles

Shark accidents:
- Black tip shark: not safe if the diving behaviour is incorrect, but not life-threatening
- Black tip reef shark: shy
- Red list: threatened

Black tip shark profile

© photo by Daniel Brinckmann

Great White Sharks - Cape Town Shark Diving - Cage Diving

We also offer shark diving in Cape Town, but we prefer cage diving here. You do not need a diving license for these shark tours. Our diving trip is all about the Great White Sharks, which have their nursery in Gansbaai. If you start your South Africa holiday in Cape Town, we will be happy to pick you up from your accommodation. Find out about cage diving at the most beautiful end of the world.

We look forward to hear from you.

Your Cape Town shark diving team

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