Monthly Archives: April 2012


Shark cage diving with scuba is best!

By | April 23rd, 2012|Tour Happening's|

Don’t deny it! When you are swimming in the water and a piece of seaweed brushes against your leg you freak out!  This is just a funny caption I found about how a shark might feel!  Wouldn’t it be amazing to know what they were thinking? I think we sometimes feel uneasy in the ocean because it is so vast and unknown. It is not our natural place and we don’t belong as a shark belongs. Viewing great white sharks under the surface of the ocean is so peaceful; their grace and beauty underwater is unexpected and awe-inspiring which makes it a very profound experience. You can sense that the ocean is their world, a world that we will never completely understand. You look into their black, unblinking eyes and wonder what they are thinking and how their pre-historic minds perceive their surroundings.  Seeing these sharks in their natural environment [...]

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“Awesome experience” with African Shark Eco-Charters

By | April 20th, 2012|Tour Happening's|

“Awesome experience” Trip Advisor Review Reviewed April 14, 2012 My wife and I were in Cape Town for our 10th anniversary and decided to go shark cage diving. We researched several companies and settled on ASEC because of the small number of passengers on the boat and the fact that they use SCUBA. The experience was incredible, one that neither of us will ever forget. The seas were choppy that day but we still went out, we had 7 passengers total not including the three crew members. We saw approximately 7-8 sharks and were able to dive twice in the cage. I would highly recommend this company to anyone, ESPECIALLY SINCE THEY DO SCUBA...I can't imagine trying to do cage diving with a snorkel or just popping up to catch your breath, there is no way you would get the full experience unless you do SCUBA. Thanks to ASEC for [...]

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What exactly is chumming?

By | April 20th, 2012|Tour Happening's|

African Shark Eco-Charters would like to dispel some myths about chumming we heard on Cape Talk radio station yesterday. What exactly is chumming? Chumming is a type of scent trail that that attracts fish, sharks, etc, to an area, or boat. It may be man made or natural.  An example of a natural scent trail is a seal colony, bird colony, a dead whale or seal carcass even dead birds. [pullquote]Another good example of a man made scent trail created when fish are cleaned on a daily basis at a fishing harbour or beach and boats pumping there bulges.[/pullquote]An example of a man made scent trail would be for an example, fisherman using mashed up anchovies/pilchards with marine oil and salt water to attract fish and or small shark species to the boat in order to catch them. Another chum would be small cut pieces of sardines dropped off the boat to [...]

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Shark Diving is the coolest thing I have done in South Africa

By | April 19th, 2012|Tour Happening's|

Its always nice to be complimented on a job well done and I want to give my crew two thumbs up. Hey Tamsyn, OK, this has been the greatest and coolest thing I have done in South Africa.  And somewhere up there with the coolest things in my life.  Capt Rob and the crew, Brandon, Ally, Willie, Gary (the guy in the afternoon, hope I got his name right) and you are second to none.  I am experienced around boats, fishing, diving, and surfing so I had no issues with anything. But watching the crew’s patience and help with the people who had no experience with wetsuits or masks or  weight belts was truly neat in making it so everyone, experienced or not, had a great time.  At least I hope they thought it was as great as I did. I am a devoted Shark Week watcher on discovery, so [...]

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By | April 19th, 2012|News Articles, Tour Happening's|

Today (monday) we had another good trip, as we arrived at Seal Island, we witnessed a Great White Shark attempt to catch a seal by hitting an out-going group of Cape Fur Seals. This time the shark came off second best and was not successful. All on board had a good look at the initial attack. We anchored up and ended up with 6 sharks around the boa., Today the sharks were a little skittish and were coming and going and not really playing with us. The sharks tend to do this every now and then. The weather for the next few days does not look to good, so will not be at sea on Tuesday and Wednesday, so hopefully Thursday they will be waiting for us and will ONCE AGAIN GIVE OUR GUESTS THE BEST SHARK DIVING EXPERIENCE FALSE BAY HAS TO OFFER!! Till next time, Cheers, Brandon and Crew


Black and White Sharks and the Green and Gold Man

By | April 19th, 2012|Tour Happening's|

In the last few trips we have seen an average of 6 sharks visiting our boat per trip. We have definitely seen a big increase in the hunting behavior of the Great White Shark vs Cape Fur Seal, we have seen a scavenge or a predation on almost every single trip last week. On Friday we had 2 magic breaches on our decoy one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The hunting has once again starting to kick into gear. Friday afternoon we had a very special guest join us on the boat. Jacque Fourie a South African Rugby Player with over 60 caps for the Springboks joined us for a Shark Diving Experience at Seal Island along with his wife and there 2 friends. Here is a pic of the crew with Jacque Fourie. By all accounts the ladies had a great dive, and saw a couple [...]

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Great White Shark tales with Allie

By | April 15th, 2012|Tour Happening's|

A bit more on the personal side.... I’ve noticed recently in the past few weeks how many guests aboard the Blue Pointer II have been kids and young teens. This makes me excited for many reasons. There’s nothing quite like the unguarded enthusiasm of youth, it has an infectious quality to it that I can closely relate to and also realize its importance in the preservation of our planet. As a kid, growing up in California, I had an atypical sense of fun and adventure that fortunately my parents nurtured. At six, instead of dolls for Christmas I got a pet snake. I insisted on being a vegetarian from a very young age because of my love for animals. For my 8th birthday I got to go see the Lion King in the movie theatre. It was one of the best days of my life and the day I decided [...]

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Big white sharks and loads of dolphins

By | April 9th, 2012|Tour Happening's|

Good Day Sharkies Today's Airjaws Trip with African Shark Eco-Charters was an exciting one to say the least with the ocean pulsing all its power into False Bay over the easter weekend leaving behind a big swell running in the bay today. Running out, all we could see was rolling swells, this generally is not a good thing for Great White Sharks as they tend to use alot of energy so the do not like to swim on the surface but rather stay deep to conserve energy, but seeing that the swell was dropping throughout the day, we decided to go and it was a great choice!! We arrived at the island with a good 6feet of swell, we set our decoy as usual and began to troll it around the island, as we hit the middle of the island, Rob shouted " Drop Drop Drop" which means he has [...]

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Peak white shark season, here we come!

By | April 9th, 2012|Tour Happening's|

It's that time of year again... On Thursday, April 5th, it was clear to us on the Blue Pointer II that the great white shark activity around Seal Island is starting to increase right on time for peak season (June-August). We saw a total of seven sharks, which is a great number of individuals to have but what made this trip and this past week stand out is the distinct behavioural changes we have begun to witness in the sharks. They are becoming more active on the surface, which indicates they are starting to come into feeding mode. The great white sharks start to descend on Seal Island every year around February and March for the sole purpose of feeding on juvenile cape fur seals. This feeding behaviour starts to dramatically increase around this time of year. Not only have the sharks started to become more active on the surface, [...]

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