Until recently, due to COVID-19 lockdown regulations, we have been unable to visit one of our favourite places – the Addo Elephant National Park. We are thrilled to be able to enjoy drives through the park again.
Not all visits result in good sightings but some days prove to be better and more exciting than others – last weekend was one of those better days, despite the gale wind that blew relentlessly.
On the last weekend, before our lockdown started, we enjoyed a day on the beach down at the mouth and came across two fishermen on our walk. On passing, we chatted briefly and all they had been catching were ragged (ragga) tooth sharks.
They had just cast new bait and within one minute had something on the line. I’ve never known such quick luck before and they knew immediately it was another ragged tooth.
It takes patience and stamina to reel in a 120 kilogram fish!
It was great fun photographing the teamwork between the two fishermen ensuring they landed their catch. Even better was hearing how knowledgeable and respectful they are about fishing; tagging and releasing their catches for research and conservation purposes. They, however, drew the line when I suggested they kiss the shark before putting her back in the water. 🙂