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Dive Type: Boat Dive Depth: 6 -14m Diver Qualification: Open Water Diver

This is one of Port Elizabeth's' big novice diver treasures.

The Shark Guly is accessible in only ten minutes by boat. The actual buoy used to be anchored off Roman Rock, but was moved further out in later years.

 Depth varies from 6m - 10 meters. Large red bait pods in the shallower regions, with overhangs, pinnacles and arches are a few things to look forward to when doing this dive.

Masses of sponges, sea squirts, gorgonians, corals, hydroids and anemones can be seen on every meter of this reef.

Wide range of migratory and resident fish life is an added bonus. The world famous amphitheatre and shark gully is home to a large number of “Raggies” in summer, which is an absolute spectacular site.

Due to the fluctuating currents, the visibility ranges between 3 and 10 meters, but should no less be discounted, because of its’ macro diving capabilities and photo opportunities.


Specie List for Dive site: (PE-AB)-Shark Gully
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Acabaria rubra (Multicoloured sea fan)
Acanthistius joanae (Whiteblotched koester)
Alcyonidium rhambiodale (Soft-false coral)
Alcyonidium spp (Nodular bryzoan)
Alcyonium fauri-2 (Yellow soft coral)
Alcyonium sp (Flame coral)
Amalda obtusa (Obtusa olive snail)
Amphiura capensis (Equal-tailed brittlestar)
Anthopleura michaelseni (Crevice anemone)
Anthopleura sp1 (Pale long-tentacled anemone)
Anthothoe chilensis (Striped anemone)
Anthothoe sp (Square-mouthed striped anemone)
Aphelodoris brunnea-1 (Variable dorid)
Aphelodoris brunnea-3 (Caramel dorid)
Aplidium flavolineatum (Rosette sea squirt)
Arctocephalus pusillus pusillus (South African fur seal)
Arothron immaculatus-1 (Camo blackedged puffer)
Atriolum marinense (Orange-tubular ascidian)
Austrofromia schultzei (Granular starfish)
Balanophyllia bonaespei (Small cup coral)
Bonisa nakaza-1 (Gas flame nudibranch)
Bonisa nakaza-2 (Blue gas flame nudibranch)
Botryllus closionis (Fenced ascidian)
Burnupena lagenaria (Large ridged burnupena)
Burnupena papyracea (Papery burnupena)
Cabestana cutacea africana (Furry-ridged triton)
Carcharias taurus (Ragged tooth shark)
Cellepora capensis (Cylindrical false coral)
Chaetodon marleyi (Doublesash butterflyfish)
Chatrabus felinus (Pleated toadfish)
Cheilodactylus pixi (Barred fingerfin)
Cheimerius nufar (Santer)
Chrysoblephus laticeps (Red roman)
Ciocalypta penicillus (White pencil sponge)
Ciona sp (Transparent ascidian)
Clathraria rubrinodis (Antler sea fan)
Clinus superciliosus (Super klipfish)
Cliona spp-2 (Brown crater sponge)
Comanthus wahlbergi (Common feather star)
Corynactis annulata-1 (Strawberry anemone)
Corynactis annulata-2 (Red strawberry anemone)
Cratena capensis (Orange-eyed nudibranch)
Cratena sp 4 (Brown orange-eyed nudibranch)
Cratena sp1 (Elegant nudibranch)
Cuthona speciosa-1 (Green candy nudibranch)
Dendrodoris sp1 (Blue-speckeld nuibranch)
Distaplia skoogi (Snowball ascidian)
Epinephelus marginatus (Yellowbelly rockcod)
Eunicella papillosa (Nippled sea fan)
Flabellina capensis (White edged nudibranch)
Flabellina funeka (Purple lady nudibranch)
Fusinus ocelliferus (Long-siphoned whelk)
Gigantopora polymorpha (Staghorn false coral)
Glossodoris sp4 (Lady Elizabeth nudibranch)
Godiva quadricolor (Four-colour Nudibranch)
Gynandrocarpa placenta (Elephant ears)
Haliclona oculata-2 (Orange encrusted turret sponge)
Haliotis spadicea (Siffie)
Heniochus acuminatus (Coachman)
Isozoanthus capensis (Cape zoanthid)
Jania adhaerens (Finely forked coraline)
Leminda millecra (Frilled nudibranch)
Lytocarpus filamenttosus (Smoky-feathered hydroid)
Lytocarpus philippinus (White smoky-feathered hydroid)
Margaretta levinseni (Cactus-bush bryozoan)
Marginella lineolata (Wavy-line marginella)
Melibe rosea (Cowled Nudibranch)
Octopus vulgaris (Common octopus)
Ophionereis dubia (Y-Striped brittle star)
Ophiothrix fragilis (Hairy brittle star)
Oxystele variegata (Variegated topshell)
Parablennius pilicornis (Ringneck blennie)
Parazoanthus sp (Sponge Zoanthid)
Parechinus angulosus (Cape urchin)
Pelagia noctiluca (Night-light jelly fish)
Plagusia chabrus (Cape rock crab)
Plesiocystiscus alfredensis (Blue oval marginella)
Podoclavella spp-2 (Yellow choirboys)
Podoclavella spp-4 (Green choirboys)
Polyamblyodon germanum (German seabream)
Polyclinum isipingense (Isipingense ascidian)
Polysyncraton spurcum sp (Spurcum ascidian)
Poroderma pantherinum (Leopard catshark)
Preactis millardae (Sock anemone)
Pseudodistoma africanum (Toadstool ascidian)
Pupillaea aoerta-1 (Helmit manteled keyhole limpet)
Pupillaea aoerta-2 (Spotted manteled keyhole limpet)
Pupillaea aoerta-3 (Racoon manteled keyhole limpet)
Pyura stolonifera (Redbait)
Queubus jamesanus (White sock sea spider)
Rhabdosargus globiceps (White stumpnose)
Sabellastarte longa (Featherduster worm)
Salacia articulata (Jointed hydroid)
Sarpa salpa (Strepie)
Sepia tuberculata (Tuberculate cuttlefish)
Sepia vermiculata (Common cuttlefish)
Spondyliosoma emarginatum (Steentjie)
Staurozoa sp (Colonial stalked jellyfish)
Stereonephthya sp (Carnation tree coral)
Sycozoa spp-1 (Blue fan ascidian)
Sycozoa spp-2 (Orange fan ascidian)
Sycozoa spp-4 (Bi-colour fan ascidian)
Synodus indicus (Indian lizardfish)
Tethya spp1 (Light coloured golfball sponge)
Tropiometra carinata (Elegant feather star)
Tsitsikamma spp (Tsitsikamma sponge)
Venus verrucosa (Warty venus)
Zues faber (John dory)
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