South Africa

Shelly Beach

Shelly Beach is a beautiful town from which to explore the subtropical waters of the Indian Ocean that border the eastern coast of South Africa. Located in the Hibiscus Coast of KwaZulu Natal, Shelly Beach was named after the many beautiful shells that wash up onto her shores.

The infamous Protea Banks lies 7.5 km off of Shelly Beach's shores, and is home to a plethora of pelagics. Zambezi sharks call the fossilised sand dune reef home during the summer months, while schools of hammerheads can also be witnessed here. Copper sharks, blacktips, whale sharks and guitar sharks frequent Protea Banks, while the ragged-tooth sharks congregate along the dune during the winter months to mate. Alongside sharks, a variety of marine life frequent Protea Banks, including tuna, yellowtail, kingfish and barracuda. Humpback whales, spotted eagle rays, devil rays, and manta rays are also frequently spotted in these rich waters.

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