The Grey Nurse Shark

Carcharias taurus

Endangered in NSW, the grey nurse sharks have all the trappings of the classic sharks of nightmares with a pointed snout, several rows of visible teeth in a large package (they can grow to over 4m, although the protected sharks we encounter on our dives typically range from 2m – 4m.)

Despite their striking appearance, they are a very placid shark and do not pose a threat to divers, unless provoked or cornered. Quite common when cornered is a loud sonic crack created by the shark’s tail as they turn to move off. (It goes without saying that on our Sydney dives, we instruct our clients to enjoy these magnificent sharks, but to respect their space and let them go about their business without human interference.)

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Quick Facts on Grey Nurse Sharks

  • Endangered in NSW – threatened due to illegal fishing and accidental capture.
  • Also known as the sand tiger, spotted ragged-tooth shark.
  • Have live babies – one or two pups per litter and they are relatively large when they’re born
    Juvenile sharks are more likely to get up close to divers (whether this is just out of curiosity or something else we just don’t know.)
  • Grey nurse sharks congregate in shallow waters. We encounter them on our Sydney dives in rocky caves and at inshore reefs.
  • Grey nurse sharks are now being electronically tagged, which let scientists keep track of their migration up and down the coast of Australia.
  • Department of Primary Industry and scientist have positioned stations to detect shark tags. The shark tags record the type of shark, time it passed the tag, the water temperature and a range of other information stored in a database for further study. (Several grey nurse sharks have been seen at the Apartments dive site with electronic tags.) Sydney Dive Charters is an active participant in grey nurse shark tagging and information gathering. We regularly update shark scientists of our sightings and providing videos of these magnificent animals for research purposes.
  • Sharks will have scratches or bite marks around the head area after mating.
  • Pregnant female can be easily identified by divers by their abnormally large girth around the abdomen.
  • Male sharks are easily identified by the claspers located on their underside.

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Sydney Scuba Dive Costings

All prices include GST. Prices are per person.

Single Dive $69.00
Single Night Dive $69.00
TSS Currajong Night Dive $120.00
Double Boat Dive $120.00
Technical Tec 1 Dive (40-51m) $99.00
Tec 1 Dive + 1 Recreational Dive $120.00
Technical Tec 2 Dive (51-78m) $150.00
Tec 2 “Peak” Dive $950 (full boat rate. max 6 divers)
Ex – HMAS Adelaide Double Dive $120.00
Freediving $220.00ph (10pax max)
Whale Watching $65.00
Charter Rate $POA
Freediver $120.00 pp

I had an awesome couple of dives on the Ex-HMAS Adelaide for my 100th dive. It was an amazing experience thanks to Jason’s excellent boat and service, his detailed briefing really helped me navigate the ship wreck.

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I’ve chartered Sydney Dive Charters for my company’s annual Christmas party and we had a great time, the boat is great and Jason really went out of his way to accommodate our needs. I will definitely be back on board this year!

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“I’ve been diving with Jason aboard Sydney Dive Charters dive boat for nearly 3 years now and I keep coming back. I’ve had the pleasure of exploring and enjoying some of the best technical wrecks in the Sydney Region.  The boat makes for comfortable, easy diving – which when coupled with Jason’s local knowledge provides a complete service. There is nothing better than diving on a boat when you know the skipper is first and foremost a diver himself”

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