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Dive Type: Boat Dive Depth: 2 - 16m Diver Qualification: Open Water Diver

from the wreck of the Patti, on Thunderbolt reef. Sharp needle like pinnacles are scattered around the dive site. At the beginning of the reef is a big sunken sand patch, with gullies spreading out in different directions. With a little bit of imagination this feature resembles a fort.

During the summer months, large male “Raggies” patrol the sand patch. Due to the narrow gullies and number of sharks in close proximity, this can turn out to be a real exhilarating dive. Some of the pinnacles come up to 2m from the surface. This can create an occasional break and strong surge. It is best to dive this site on a calm day.


Specie List for Dive site: (PE-WS)-Fort Raggie
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Alcyonium fauri-1 (Purple soft coral)
Alcyonium fauri-2 (Yellow soft coral)
Alcyonium fauri-3 (Orange soft coral)
Amphiroa ephedraea (Horsetail algae)
Anthostella stepensoni (Violet spotted anemone)
Astrocladus euryale (Basket star)
Astrocladus euryale-1 (Albino basket star)
Atrina squamifera (Horse mussel)
Austrofromia schultzei (Granular starfish)
Austromegabalanus cylindricus (Giant barnacle)
Balanus amphitrite (Striped barnacle)
Bonisa nakaza-1 (Gas flame nudibranch)
Bonisa nakaza-2 (Blue gas flame nudibranch)
Boopsoidea incornata (Frans madam)
Bugula neritina (Neritic moss animal)
Carcharias taurus (Ragged tooth shark)
Chaetodon marleyi (Doublesash butterflyfish)
Charonia lampas pustulata (Pink lady)
Cheilodactylus pixi (Barred fingerfin)
Chrysaora hysoscella (Compass jelly fish)
Ciocalypta penicillus (White pencil sponge)
Comanthus wahlbergi (Common feather star)
Cratena capensis (Orange-eyed nudibranch)
Dasyatis chrysonota (Blue stingray)
Diplodus sargus capensis (Blacktail seabream)
Eptatretus hexatrema (Sixgill hagfish)
Eunicella papillosa (Nippled sea fan)
Glossodoris sp4 (Lady Elizabeth nudibranch)
Haliotis midae (Abalone)
Henricia ornata (Reticulated starfish)
Hypselodoris capensis-1 (White cape dorid)
Janolus capensis (Silvertip nudibranch)
Korsaranthus natalensis (Candy-striped anemone)
Lecithophorus capensis (White ghost nudibranch)
Marthasterias glacialis (Spiny starfish)
Octopus vulgaris (Common octopus)
Okenia amoenula (Fiery nudibranch)
Onchoporella buskii (Busk moss animal)
Ophionereis dubia (Y-Striped brittle star)
Oplegnathus conwayi (Cape knifejaw)
Pagurus liochelle (Blue-striped hermit crab)
Parablennius pilicornis (Ringneck blennie)
Peyssonnelia capensis (Red fan-weed)
Phyllodesmium horridus (Coral nudibranch)
Planocera gilchristi (Spotted flatworm)
Plocamium corallorhiza (Coral plocamium)
Podoclavella spp-1 (Blue choirboys)
Podoclavella spp-5 (Bi-colour choirboys)
Pseudactinia varia (Mauve false plum anemone)
Pseudodistoma africanum (Toadstool ascidian)
Queubus jamesanus (White sock sea spider)
Sarda orientalis (Striped Bonito)
Sarpa salpa (Strepie)
Sycozoa arborenscens (Social fan ascidian)
Tambja capensis (Black nudibranch)
Tetraclita serrata (Volcano barnacle)
Thecocarpus formosus (Rusty feathered hydroid)
Thysanozoon brocchii (Carpet flatworm)
Timarete capenis (Orange thread-gilled worm)
Tropiometra carinata (Elegant feather star)
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