Yellowtail (Yakkas)

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.)

Spot the yakkas in this grey nurse shark video

A typical scene encountered in one of our spectacular Sydney Grey Nurse Shark dives…

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Quick facts on yakkas

  • Yakkas are commonly encountered in schools numbering in the hundreds.
  • Yakkas are targeted by fishermen as they are the perfect live bait for pelagic fish such as the prized Kingfish.

  • These schooling fish are spooked by underwater lights, so scuba divers should turn dive lights off or point them at the sea floor to better see Yellowtail up close.

  • Yakkas are small. They grow to 25cm in length and 150g in weight.

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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

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