African Shark Eco-Charters would like to officially welcome Allison Skidmore to our team. She is a conservation biologist, and loves sharks and is super excited to be with us. We know she is going to be an asset to us as part of our crew! Here is her first blog. Hello fellow shark lovers! My name is Allie and I wanted to introduce myself as the newest member of the African Shark Eco Charters team. I have joined the team in False Bay as the marine biologist/ guide and I am loving every moment of it. I am a California native, one of the only places on earth where great white sharks "mix" with the Californian's as often as they do here in the Cape. I moved to South Africa in early 2009 to study for my MSc in Conservation Biology at the University of Cape Town. After graduation, I moved to Kruger National Park [...]
Some raw footage of a great white shark predation event taken by our own shark expert Rob Lawrence. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MjuIhBZ-20&feature=g-all-f&context=G25c335eFAAAAAAAABAA On our AIRJAWS trips you can cage dive and in season, you may be able to see some predation events like in this footage.
Peter Verhoog from Save Our Seas foundation in Kalk Bay came and joined us for a trip. He took this lovely pic of a great white shark slowly cruising past the boat. I love how the rays of sunlight are filtering through the water and highlighting the shark.
The weather man once again called it wrong and a little rain was had this morning, but had luckly cleared by the time the guests got onboart our Boat. Running out to Seal Island, we bumped into 200+ Common Dolphins we spent a few minutes with them and then headed inshore to find some Great White Sharks that cruise around Seal Island. Arriving at Seal Island, the decoy was set for our decoy tow, alas nothing today. We had a look at some seals and noticed an aborted Cape Fur Seal on Seal Island, the Black back kelp Gulls were feeding on it, this happens occasionally. The seal either gets washed off and the sharks feed on them or they will get eaten by the Kelp Gulls. We achored in the channel today, being the calmest spot with the north west wind blowing. We decided to move after 40minutes of [...]
Hello Shark Lovers!! Two Trips done and dusted over the last 2 days and both days resulted in absolute cracker trips the one produced the closest "Natural Breach" ever to our boat Blue Pointer II and the next produced a school of 700+ Common Dolphins. Here is the run down on the the last 2 trips at Seal Island in False Bay. Sunday the 18th we were met with rainy conditions at Seal Island, something that is never nice to start your trip off with, none the less we made the best of it and the weather gods opened up the sky for us and ended the trip with lovely sunny conditions. We got to Seal Island and set our decoy for a tow to see if we could get a breach but being fairly early in our season we did not get one today but little did we know [...]
Shot by our very own shark legend Rob Lawrence off Seal Island, False Bay. Join us on our AIRJAWS breaching and shark cage diving trips in Simons Town, Cape Town. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ogFfyB4zNw&feature=g-all-lik&context=G2877784FAAAAAAAAAAA
The experimental whelk farming in Fish hoek has claimed its first white shark. The 4.3m female white shark swallowed the entire whelk pot and the large pot became stuck in its gill. To be honest, I had never even heard of a whelk net and even though I had seen the buoys which are only a few hundred metres from the beach I just thought they had something to do with the exclusion nets that they want to put up in Fish Hoek. Fishing for whelks ( sea snails) with whelk pots, is a lot like fishing for lobsters or crayfish. You have a basket cage with chum in it ( mashed fish etc), and it works as an attractant to catch the whelks. The big problem is that it attracts not only whelks but sharks too. In this case the great white shark was so attracted to it that it swallowed the entire [...]
Shark Cage Diving with Scuba is best and here is why! To fully experience your dive with great white sharks you must consider using scuba gear. Today was a perfect example of why shark cage diving with scuba in the shark cage is better than just snorkeling or breath holding. It was a windy day and the sea was choppy, but the sharks were plentiful and active. Surface viewing was not ideal though, and all the guests, bar one, chose to dive. And they all chose to shark cage dive with scuba. We use the hookah system, which means the tanks stay on board and the cage is fixed to the side of the boat with the hoses going into the cage. The water was choppy and little waves were splashing on the surface. If you had gone with a company that only lets you hold your breath or snorkel only, you would [...]
Today, on our great white shark trip we had a natural breach. This is the second natural breach of the season we have witnessed so far. This behaviour is very early for this time of the year, as well as the great whites returning early to the island. A few years ago we would not have considered doing any shark trips during February and March's sightings were only around 70%. It is to be noted however, that there are still great whites inshore, with the shark siren going off on many of the False Bay beaches. So far we have had 100% sightings on our shark trips and up to 8 sharks seen at a time which is uncharacteristic for this time of year. The shark's are actively hunting now We had a rotting seal carcass wash off the island and drift next to the boat and had a shark come and scavenge on it. We also [...]
Ricardo Lacombe said: “having the opportunity to work alongside the staff and crew of African Shark Eco-Charters is a dream come true. I’ve been a shark geek since the earliest age I can remember,it’s something I feel very passionately about” https://vimeo.com/27917309