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2 mile Reef – Giant Guitarfish

The Giant Guitarfish recently found swimming the sandy areas around Stinger Reef- 2 mile Reef Sodwana Bay . Adventure Mania divers were lucky to spot this docile fish passing by on one of the many amazing dives this July 2016. Water temperatures down to about 21degrees didn’t deter the divers as the sightings this winter have been superb here in the iSimangaliso Wetland park- Sodwana Bay. This world heritage site delivers time and again as divers come from all over to experience Scuba diving as t should be. SPECTACULAR!

Fishy Facts:

Giant Guitarfish have a body form intermediate between those of sharks and rays. The tail has a typical shark-like form, but in many species, the head has a triangular, or guitar-like shape, rather than the disc-shape formed by fusion with the pectoral fins found in other rays. . Recognised by the triangular snout, 2 tall dorsal fins and a shaped tail resembling that of a shark. Brown / Khaki in colour with white spots (mostly) all over the upper surface.

Reproduction and feeding habits :
The embryo matures inside an egg inside the mother until it is ready to hatch.
Guitar Sharks are bottom feeders, which bury themselves in mud or sand and eat worms, crabs, and clams. Most can tolerate salt, fresh, and brackish water. They generally live close to the beach/coastline or in estuaries as far underwater as 30 m. Guitarfish catch their prey by using a suction method called “jumping jacks” when jumping out of the water. Other Guitar Sharks/fish are found on 2 mile Reef-Sodwana Bay such as Bowmouth guitarfish, Lesser guitarfish and also the Greyspot guitarfish. Keep an eye open for these special creatures on your next 2 mile Reef dive in Sodwana Bay with Adventure Mania.

Great find on 2 mile Reef-Sodwana Bay once again.