A while back we did a dive trip to Tofo, Mozambique. On our 4th dive of the trip, we were just about to end our dive on a dive site named Sherwood Forest when a Great White shark came to greet us. We were absolutely awe-struck coming face to face with this magnificent animal. She was very inquisitive and not skittish at all and circled us as we slowly started making our way to our safety stop. She kept moving just out of sight and then coming closer again while circling us. The visibility was not great that day. We did not feel threatened at all as the shark seemed calm and not overly inquisitive.
We fear what we do not understand.
We have made a handy list of tips for you to improve your underwater photography skills.
Try to keep your camera as still as possible in order to prevent camera shake. The underwater environment can sometimes make this a big challenge and even impossible in surge or strong currents. Using a faster shutter speed will also help, but you are not always able to set the shutter speed too high without getting a photo that is too dark. To compensate for this, you can bump up your ISO to lighten up your image.
Marine animals are probably the most interesting but the least known. So we made a list of some of our favorite sea creatures with interesting facts about them. All of these can be found around the South African coast.
The Ragged-tooth shark or as it is fondly called 'Raggie', has unmistakable 'ragged' teeth giving these docile sharks a fearsome appearance. They are however a slow-moving shark with no confirmed human fatalities.
Octopus are one of the ocean’s most intelligent animals, and while it’s hard to pick favorites, here are the five species we most want to see on a dive.
Known as one of the most intelligent animals in the ocean, many factors make octopus so intriguing, including their camouflage skills, their multiple hearts, their locomotion technique, and their use of tools (in the case of the coconut octopus). We don’t like to pick favorites, but here are the five octopus species we’d most like to see on a dive.
So, I’m sure most of us have seen ‘that shark video’ by now which has gone viral. Drone footage showing an encounter with a respectably sized white shark here in Plettenberg Bay.
Going to Mafia Island was a spur of the moment decision and one of the best we’ve made. We were actually going to Malawi but decided to go to Tanzania as an add-on to our Malawi trip since it was just a little bit extra to get there from Malawi.
Mafia Island ("Chole Shamba") is an island in Tanzania. The name "Mafia" derives from the Arabic morfiyeh, meaning "group" or "archipelago", or from the Swahili mahali pa afya, meaning "a healthy dwelling-place".
Nudibranchs are a group of soft-bodied, marine gastropod mollusks which shed their shells after their larval stage. The word "nudibranch" comes from the Latin nudus "naked" and the Ancient Greek (bránkhia) "gills", the name refers to their gills being outside of their bodies.
Underwater photography is growing in popularity and as time goes by, more and more options are available to people from novice to professional photographers.
Yes, anyone can do it. Pretty much all the technical rules for normal photography counts for underwater as well. If you know your way around a camera you will easily adjust to the underwater scene. What makes this so accessible is that, even if you are not interested in knowing all the ins and outs of photography, you can get a smaller and less expensive setup to snap away with. You don’t have to be a professional or even an intermediate photographer to get started in underwater photography.
There are so many wonderful dive destinations in South Africa, not even to mention the rest of the world. This is one of the main reasons that people often overlook Cape Town as a prime dive spot. This is a big mistake really since there are so many reasons why False Bay is one of the best spots to scuba dive.