Sharks of South Africa Archives - Oceans Africa Diving & Whale Watching

February 28, 2015
Whale Shark

Whale Shark

WHALE SHARK – Rhinocodon typus. Identification: Whale sharks are the worlds largest living fish, reaching lengths of 13m and weighing up to 13 tonnes. Once you overcome the […]
February 27, 2014
Shark Id, Biology and Behavior

Great White Shark

GREAT WHITE SHARK – Carcharodon carcharias. Identification: Great white sharks are unmistakable. When you see one you’ll really know it. No other shark has such an […]
February 27, 2014

Tiger Shark

TIGER SHARK – Galeocerdo cuvier. Identification: Another unmistakable submarine presence, tiger sharks are thought attain 7m in length, however sightings in South Africa are almost invariably […]
February 27, 2014

Bull Shark Zambezi

ZAMBEZI or BULL SHARK – Carcharhinus leucas. Identification: Zambezi (bull) sharks may reach over 4m in length. The body is predominantly grey with a lighter underbelly […]
February 27, 2014

Ragged Tooth Shark

SPOTTED RAGGED TOOTH SHARK – Charcharius taurus. Identification: Ragged-tooth sharks are perhaps South Africa’s best loved sharks. Affectionately known as “raggies” to the locals, they may […]
February 27, 2014
Sevengill Cow Shark

Cow Shark

COW SHARK or BROADNOSE SEVENGILL SHARK –  Notorynchus cepedianus. Identification: Cow sharks are a primitive form of shark of the order Hexanchiformes, which comprises six species with six […]
February 27, 2014

Blacktip Shark

BLACKTIP SHARK – Carcharhinus limbatus. Identification: Blacktip sharks also known as Oceanic Blacktips, are dark brown-bronze in colour with a lighter underbelly and a distinctive light […]
February 27, 2014
Shortfin Mako Shark

Mako Shark

SHORTFIN MAKO SHARK – Isurus oxyrinchus. Mako shark identification: The shortfin mako is a sleek, torpedo shaped pelagic shark of the lamnid family. The mako is brilliant blue to […]
February 25, 2014

Dusky Shark

DUSKY SHARK – Carcharhinus obscurus. Identification: The dusky shark is also known as a grey shark in some areas can be easily confused with other species when […]
February 25, 2014
Bronze Whaler / Copper Shark

Bronze Whaler

BRONZE WHALER or COPPER SHARK – Carcharhinus brachyurus Identification: Bronze whalers can attain a length of over 3m. The sleek body has a bronze-grey sheen dorsally […]
February 25, 2014

Hammerhead Shark

HAMMERHEAD SHARK – Sp. Sphyrna Identification: Hammerhead sharks are unmistakable – for obvious reasons, although identifying exactly which species is another story. Nine species of hammerhead […]