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 [...]
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 www.ultimate-animals.com
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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.