As the apex predator of the underwater world, the great white shark is a fearsome and at the same time enigmatic animal. With virtually no natural predators, the species rules supreme in the coastal surface waters of Africa.
With its piercing eyes and menacing teeth, the great white shark strikes fear in the heart of many. The animal’s eyes, a deep blue, are extremely large in proportion to its body size. Behind the main teeth, rows of serrated ones help the shark to deliver a devastating bite.
Leaping out the water after being propelled forward by high speeds (up to 40 km/h) the breaching of great whites (more than three metres) is a sight to behold. Cape fur seals are usually at the receiving end of this special hunting technique. Scientists have, on occasion, recorded more than 600 breaches in a six month period.
The great white shark is protected and its conservation status is classed as ‘Vulnerable’.
The cold waters of the Namib coast in Namibia are home to a wealth marine life. Visitors to this part of Africa stand the chance of spotting dolphins, whales, seals, and turtles.
Kenya has several impressive marine parks along its coast. The parks are home to diverse marine life and offer excellent diving experiences for beginners and experts.
Mozambique has long been a tourist destination. And for those looking to experience the water, the marine life is rich and diverse, and home to bottlenose dolphins.
South Africa attracts local and international tourists to its beautiful coastlines. The West Coast is home to ocean dwellers such as the African penguin and the Cape fur seal.