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AIRJAWS: “Flying” (breaching) Great White Sharks of South Africa

By | November 28th, 2012|Tour Happening's|

“Flying” Great Whites of False Bay Airjaws 1 and 2 is the most successful shark show ever made by Discovery Channel, and it concentrates on the “flying”  (breaching) great white sharks of Seal Island, False Bay, South Africa. The boat it was filmed on was the ‘Blue Pointer”, operated by Rob Lawrence of African Shark Eco-Charters. According to Rodney Fox, Peter Benchley and Rocky Strong, as well as the whole National Geographic film crew who were out with us in 1999, they believe it to be the best place on the planet to see natural predator-prey interaction as well as other unique behaviours such as Great White Shark breaching. Rob helped produce and starred in “Air Jaws”. Since then the Discovery Channel has completed filming on “Air Jaws II” with him, and African Shark Eco-Charters has facilitating several international film crews every year including the Discovery Channel, the BBC [...]

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Great White Sharks Breaching!?

By | November 26th, 2012|Tour Happening's|

“Flying” Great Whites of False Bay Great White Sharks breaching!? Don’t you mean whales breaching? Nope it’s true, and you have to see it with your eyes to believe that Great White Sharks can “fly”. Seal Island, False Bay, Cape Town is home to the “flying” Great White Sharks. This is a term used for the Great White Sharks’ unique ability to breach out of the water. This breaching behaviour can be seen nowhere else on earth on such a regular basis. This unique hunting behaviour has become world renowned and put False Bay on the map for any shark lover. The breaching behaviour is seen mainly when hunting seals. The Great White Shark comes from the deep sea, aims it sights at its prey and then, like a torpedo, it propels itself out the water, at the seal. The seal literally has no idea what has hit [...]

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Breaching Great White Shark Shows Off Maginicent White Belly

By | November 22nd, 2012|Tour Happening's|

Breaching Great White Shark shows off magnificent while belly Did you know...the Great White Shark gets its name from its universal all-white belly. The dorsal colouring however, ranges from pale to dark grey, and can vary tremendously depending on the lighting, water colour and vizibility. Awesome picture taken by Rob Lawrence of an under-belly breach! Join us on one of our "Airjaws" shark breaching trips to witness this spectacular breachingbehaviour of the Great White Sharks. This is certainly something that you do not want to miss! Here is some further information on our Great White Shark breaching trips. We would consider our high season to be from May to end of August and the best months for the predation and breaching activity is during June, July and August. September is in between high and intermediate season. February and March is too early for breaching. Here our trips focus on [...]

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Breaching Great White Shark clears the air at Seal Island, False Bay

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

Breaching Great White Shark clears the air at Seal Island, False Bay A Great White Shark breaches clear out of the water at Seal Island, False Bay. Join us on one of our "Airjaws" shark breaching trips to witness this spectacular breaching behaviour of the Great White Sharks. This is certainly something that you do not want to miss! Here is some further information on our Great White Shark breaching trips. We would consider our high season to be from May to end of August and the best months for the predation and breaching activity is during June, July and August. September is in between high and intermediate season. February and March is too early for breaching. Here our trips focus on the shark cage diving and surface viewing. Transfers: Optional: Return transfers from designated pickup points in Cape Town Duration: Approx 5.5 hours. The trip departs from Simon’s town at [...]

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Shark Breaching Trips

By | November 17th, 2012|Tour Happening's|

The shark breaching trip“AIRJAWS”  is the most popular trip we offer. It is a combination trip of shark breaching and shark cage diving. Shark breaching is one of the hunting techniques that great white sharks use to surprise and kill its prey. They  surface with such force and explosive energy that it propels ( breach) the shark right out of the water. The great white shark will try and catch the young smaller inexperienced seals. The best time is just before and at sunrise and mainly at certain area’s around the island and only for a few months of the year. This breaching behaviour is absolutely awesome to witness in person, and if you are in Cape Town during shark season, then this trip is a "must do". Breaching  is seen nowhere on the planet as regularly as  in False Bay and by joining us on one of our AIRJAWS [...]

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Ultimate “AIRJAWS” shark breaching trips with African Shark Eco-Charters

By | November 16th, 2012|Tour Happening's|

Our ultimate "AIRJAWS" trip is the most popular trip that African Shark Eco-Charters has to offer, and is a combination trip which focuses on the natural predations, breaching, shark cage diving and surface viewing all on one trip. This adventurous 5.5 hour breaching and shark cage diving trip ventures out to Seal Island in False Bay, South Africa, the only place in the world where the natural predations and breaching activity occurs so regularly. We depart early in the morning as the best time to witness the Great White Shark's natural predatory interaction with the Cape Fur Seals is just before and at sunrise, mainly at certain area’s around the island, and only for a few months of the year.  The best months to witness the natural predation and breaching activity is during June, July and August. Breaching is one of the hunting techniques that great white sharks use to surprise [...]

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About African Shark Eco-Charters

By | November 16th, 2012|Tour Happening's|

About African Shark Eco-Charters They say that true passion is when you take what you love and turn it into your work and this is how African Shark Eco-Charters was born. We are privileged to be able to have done this.  Being with the great white sharks is what we love. And we want to share this with you. We are a top shark diving company  in False Bay. For years now we have been changing perceptions and instilling a love for great white sharks in others. Whether it be our guests, photographers or film makers, they walk away with a positive attitude and in turn pass that onto others. Our ethos is for you to experience your great white shark breaching or cage diving trip in a natural environment, putting sharks first with our "first do not harm approach", and managing our environmental footprint as much as possible. We are environmentally sensitive [...]

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Shark Cage Diving – Taking The Plunge

By | November 12th, 2012|Tour Happening's|

Shark cage diving with African Shark Eco-Charters Shark cage diving is an amazing way to experience being with the Great White Shark, and allows you to get up close and personal with these amazing apex predators. There are three shark cage diving "hot spots" for viewing the Great White Sharks in South Africa. These shark cage diving "hotspots" include Seal Island in Mossel Bay, Dyer Island and Geyser Rock near Gansbaai, and the infamous Seal Island in False Bay, which is also home to the “flying” Great White Sharks. Our shark cage diving trips depart from Simon's Town pier, which is only roughly 40 minutes from Cape Town, and it is a short 20-25 minute boat ride to Seal Island, False Bay. A full safety briefing and overview of the trip is given before each shark cage diving trip. Our morning shark cage diving trips depart for Seal [...]

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Adventurous shark cage diving with the Blue & Mako Sharks

By | November 8th, 2012|Tour Happening's|

Adventurous shark cage diving with the Blue & Mako Sharks. This adventurous shark cage diving trip takes you 15 - 25 miles off Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope in search of Blue & Mako Sharks, and is a perfect alternative in our summer months when it is low season for the Great White Sharks. For nature-lovers wanting to experience a bit of everything, then this shark cage diving trip is a definite "must-do". Blue sharks are afraid of very little and are usually the first to approach diver and cage with a lot of interest, only satisfied after a close inspection that you are not a food item; this is great for photos and memories. Mako Sharks are the fastest swimming shark, and observing one is truly a fantastic experience. We also have a good success rate with diving with Tuna. Shark cage diving with Blue [...]

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Help The Great White Sharks By Going Shark Cage Diving

By | November 7th, 2012|Tour Happening's|

Help the Great White Sharks by going shark cage diving. Shark Cage Diving. African Shark Eco-Charters Shark cage diving has contributed largely to the conservation of the Great White Shark. After the release of Jaws in 1975, a 'shark-attack' hysteria arose and the Great White Shark was considered to be a man-eating monster. This launched a killing frenzy motivated by fear, and anglers and trophy hunters from the USA, Australia and South Africa set out to sea to bring back as many Great White Sharks as possible. As the death toll mounted over the passing years, evidence showed that the Great White Shark population was diminishing at an alarming rate which caused concern for the marine biologists. In 1991, South Africa was the first nation to proclaim the Great White Shark as a protected species, later followed by Namibia, Malta, Australia and the USA, putting an almost immediate [...]

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