SHARK ALLY – GANSBAAI
Gansbaai popularity with great white sharks is due to the 60,000 cape fur seals breeding on Geyser Rock, which lies 8km offshore.
Ambush Style Hunters
Shark Alley is a 150m wide channel that runs between Geyser Rock and Dyer Island that has the perfect topography to allow for the ambush-style hunting tactic sharks use to hunt seals. It is no wonder that the passage between these two islands forms the infamous ‘Shark Alley’ and creates an obvious feeding ground for the endangered Great White Shark.
Great white sharks are very successful predators, and this is in part due to their perfect camouflage. Their grey topside allows them to blend into the background of the ocean floor and seals swimming at the surface looking down, won’t see them, this is known as counter-shading.
Another important fact to note is that great white sharks are nomadic creatures and are continuously on the move, travelling long distances throughout their lives. Gansbaai does not have a resident population of great white sharks, but rather a dynamic flux of sharks continuously moving through the area.