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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Some raw footage of a great white shark predation event taken by our own shark expert Rob Lawrence. [youtube]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 [...]