Shark spotters were put on alert Saturday in the Fish Hoek/Kalk Bay area in South Africa after a tagged great white shark was tracked swimming along the coast (see graphic).
The female shark, one of several great whites tagged by the nonprofit group OCEARCH, is named Lesley. She measured 13 feet, 8 inches and weighed 1,742 pounds when she was tagged off False Bay on April 15, 2012.
At last we managed to catch up with the white shark killers that wreaked so much havoc for the white shark cage diving operators in False Bay and Gansbaai! We were alerted by Raggy Charters skipper Warren Tarboton, who was fishing from his rubber duck with his dad off Cape Recife … on his day off! These two killer whales have deformed dorsal fins and are known as “Port” and “Starboard”. The one dorsal fin bends over to the right and the other is curled up on the left side. Together they tackle these huge great whites, apparently turning them over and thus immobilising them. They then make a neat incision between the pectoral fins and suck out the nutritious liver! We caught up with them just off Cape Recife on the 21st July, just after we had observed a humpback whale breaching more than 20 times in a row. Such is the amazing diversity of our Algoa Bay Hope Spot! We quickly alerted our brothers in arms ProDive Port Elizabeth who managed to dispatch one of their vessels to the area.
These were some of the most challenging animals I have ever photographed. Never showed their eyes or the white eye spot above the eye. Being black also make it very difficult. Their behaviour is very different to other killer whales I have photographed. Dave Hurwitz from the Simon’s Town Boat Company has recorded this pair along the SA coast on 16 occasions!