What a cracking afternoon trip at False Bay Seal Island today The weather was a perfect 30'c, the sea calm and flat, and the water a nice 19-20'c. We had 6 great white sharks up to the boat, and wait for it,one full breach and a successful predation next to our boat! How awesome is that! This is the earliest we have ever recorded a breach. On the way back to Simons Town we came across a large school of about 200 common dolphins. Guests having a great shark trip with us.
A stunning painting depicting a great white shark gracefully cruises in the ocean. The artist is the very talented wildlife artist Jonathan Truss.http://www.jonathantruss.com/ who will be joining us on our Airjaws breaching and cage diving trip in April to sketch the great whites.
There is something so evocative about a dorsal fin of a great white shark. I love this pic we took on a trip a few days ago. I love how the fin beautifully and powerfully cuts through the water, causing its own waves. What feelings does this invoke in you? Fear? Respect? Awe? Power? For each person its something different. However, to see a great white in person, is amazing and will certainly change any misconceptions you have. You will come away respecting nature and understanding why people like us are so passionate about these super predators! To book your great white shark trip visit our site www.ultimate-animals.com.
We are busy updating our crew pics and I asked Rob to take a pic of Wellington today. I think this pic of Wellington aka Welly, is a great one. Wellington is the main man when it comes to handling the shark bait and the seal shaped decoy! He likes to name each seal decoy and is very good at judging the sharks behaviour. He is also really good at making sure the great white sharks do not eat our bait. The aim of the bait is to act as an attractant. We do not want the sharks to eat the bait, although occasionally there are a few quick sneaky ones that are good at taking the bait. Don't you think he looks smart in our new African Shark Eco-Charters golf shirt and cap?
A very common question we receive from our guests is what must I bring on my great white shark trip? These are the "must" bring. Rain/wind jacket.This is a non negotiable.You do not want to spend your shark trip huddled in the cabin, while everyone is watching a great white shark breaching or seeing a natural predation event. Sun block. The African Sun is very harsh, even in winter time, and being on the ocean means you are exposed to the rays that are reflected from the ocean. Bring at least a factor 30 with you. A Sun hat will protect your face and help shield the suns rays from your eye's. A wide brim hat is perfect choice! Sunglasses, preferably polarized. They do not have to be expensive to do the trick. You can pick up some decent polarized sunnies from the pharmacy for under R250. Your swimming costume [...]
All of us from African Shark Eco-Charters wish Rob Lawrence a very happy birthday on his 40th birthday today. We had a great shark trip today, with 5 sharks today, and guests had a good shark dive, so the sharks turned up to celebrate as well.
[pullquote]Thank you Rob and Karen and for offering me an educational trip. It was a great experience. Herman, guest house owner.[/pullquote] Great White Sharks are back at Seal Island and our first trips have gone very well with four sharks seen on both trips and our guests successfully managing to dive. Even though it is still early in the season for the Great White Sharks in False Bay, for the past two seasons the Great White Sharks have been moving back to Seal Island earlier on in the year, and we have had some very good sightings during February - March months. Our trips mainly focus on the cage diving and surface viewing during this time as it is still too early in the season for the breaching and peak predatory action. Join Rob Lawrence and African Shark Eco-Charters on a Great White Shark cage diving trip during your [...]
10 THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT THE GREAT WHITE SHARK Known as one of the ocean's greatest predators, the Great White Shark has grown to become quite a hit amongst travellers and tourists through Shark Cage Diving. If you are thinking about going shark cage diving then you will find the following facts about the Great White Shark quite interesting. 1. The largest Great White Shark ever recorded was caught off Cojimar, Cuba and measured 6.4 m (21 feet) and roughly 3,312 kg (7,302 pounds). The average size of a Great White Shark is between 3.5 - 4.6 m. 2. Although the Great White Shark can reach lengths of up to 6m, it is not the largest shark in the ocean, but it is the biggest predatory shark. 3. They have six senses: sight, smell, taste, touch, hearing and electro-reception. 4. Great White Sharks are sensitive to low frequency sounds [...]
GREAT WHITE SHARK FIN PRINTING All White Sharks are the same........right ? Wrong. Just like us they are individuals with different behaviour patterns, markings and colouration. Some even show a timid nature while others are bold and confident. White Shark expert Rob Lawrence teaches guests on-board how to identify sharks and uses his knowledge to predict how they will behave around the boat and the cage. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ie5bP8bx5s