Yearly Archives: 2013


Why do people continue to target Great White Sharks?

By | November 26th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

Every once in a while something happens that makes us very angry here at African Shark Eco-Charters, and recently it was brought to our attention that two Anglers had landed a Great White Shark off the rocks in Mossel Bay, using  not one but two Gaff hooks with the intention of killing the Great White Shark. Any experienced angler if they caught a Great White Shark by mistake would very easily be able to cut the line as close as possible to the mouth and released the Shark. Lucky for us here in South African killing Great White Sharks is illegal to kill or target Great White Sharks as they are listed as vulnerable to extinction, but to date only one angler has been sentenced to R120 000 or 12 months in prison, for catching a Great White Shark in this very same area of Mossel Bay. It is this [...]

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Pelagic Seabirds of False Bay

By | November 26th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

The False Bay, here in Cape Town is a fascinating area, and we like to think it is the most beautiful bay in the world. It is a wide body of water with many different eco-systems, including the Kelp Forests that the Sevengill Cow Sharks love, Seal Island hunting ground of our beloved Great White Sharks,  and the secluded rocky coves a favorite birthing spot for the Southern Right Whales.  At African Shark Eco-Charters we get to experience it all, but once in a while we head out to sea past Cape Point with a group of Twitchers to see the magnificent Pelagic Seabirds that glide past our coast, circling the globe in their hunt for fish. Our trip starts early in the morning, as we have a lot of sailing to in our ever reliable boat the Blue Pointer 2, we head out past Cape Point into the Atlantic [...]

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Why choose African Shark Eco-Charters for your shark cage diving trip

By | November 26th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

Love Great White Sharks? Want to go on a shark cage diving or breaching trip with people who share your love for them? Then look no further as African Shark Eco-Charters is the perfect choice for you! African Shark Eco-Charters is a top shark cage diving company operating in False Bay and, having been in operation since 1996, we have become true experts in the field. We specialize in shark cage diving, breaching, viewing and filming trips. Great White Sharks  are our life and our love, and we are privileged to be able to share our passion and knowledge with you. African Shark Eco-Charters is owned by shark expert, Rob Lawrence, who has been working with Great White Sharks on a daily basis since 1989, and who launched the first successful Great White Shark eco-tourism operation at Seal Island in False Bay, South Africa. Rob is one of the most experienced [...]

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Sevengill Cow Shark Diving

By | November 22nd, 2013|Tour Happening's|

Cape Point Nature Reserve Here at African Shark Eco-Charters we love to introduce the amazing marine life of False Bay to our clients. We very often see Whales, Dolphins and other sharks on our trips to Seal Island to view the Great White Sharks that hunt there. And there is a lesser know shark diving trip that we offer to the Kelp Forests of Cape Point, to dive with the ancient and fascinating Sevengill Cow Sharks. Sevengill Cow Shark Diving- photo from Sevengill Cow Shark Diving is unique to the area. Set in the Marine Protected area around Cape Point, in the Kelp Forests that  so many creatures call home. This is the only place in the world where you can consistently go shark diving with these rarely seen sharks. While Sevengill Cow Sharks may look prehistoric, and appear to be slow moving they are formidable predators of seals, other sharks and fish. They are known as "wolves of [...]

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Shark Spotters of False Bay

By | November 22nd, 2013|Tour Happening's|

At African Shark Eco-Charters we love to spot sharks from our boat in False Bay. We really get up close and personal with the beautiful Great White Sharks and other sharks of the bay. It is a magical and rewarding experience.  As summer comes to False Bay however the Great White Sharks move away from Seal Island and closer inshore. They are following the fish that are drawn to the bay by the warmer conditions. It is also the time of year when the beaches are full of people enjoying the clean fresh waters of False Bay.  This can lead to the unfortunate event of a Great White mistaking a Swimmer or Surfer for a seal or fish, and tragedy can strike. Fish Hoek Beach - From Shark Spotters Webpage  The Shark Spotters program There is a plan in place to try to stop Shark Attacks on people along our shores. It is called the Shark Spotters program. Coming up to its 10th birthday, [...]

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Great White Shark Scavengers

By | November 14th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

Great White Sharks are opportunistic scavengers and will often feed on whale carcasses. Photo by Matt Dicken Great White Sharks are opportunistic scavengers and will often divulge in a free meal when they can get it, including meat from a whale carcass. Although the likelihood of a Great White Shark hunting or killing large whales is very slight, they will readily feed off a dead while that has been killed by a passing ship or drowned by entanglement. Meat from a whale carcass provides Great White Sharks with a plentiful meal which is high in energy-rich blubber. Because Great White Sharks have a slow metabolism, the plentiful food from the whale carcass allows the sharks to stock up it's reserves so that it can continue to go without feeding for a several weeks. When a whale carcass drifts past areas in which the Great White Sharks congregate, it [...]

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Marine Big 5 Of False Bay – African Shark Eco-Charters

By | November 12th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

Most people travel to South Africa to see the famous Big 5 land mammals, which include the lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. But South Africa also has another gem to offer which is becoming more and more popular, and that is the opportunity to see the marine Big 5. False Bay, South Africa is home to an abundance of marine life, and is one of the few places in the world where you can get to witness such an extensive range of marine wildlife, including the marine Big 5. The marine Big 5 of South Africa consists of the Great White Shark, Southern Right Whale, Common Dolphins, Cape Fur Seals and African Penguins. Seal Island in False Bay is world-renowned for the "flying" Great White Sharks and is undoubtedly the best place throughout the world to witness the natural predation and breaching activity of these magnificent apex predators. Seal Island is also home [...]

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Blue Sharks and Mako Sharks of Cape Point

By | November 12th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

    Now that the Great White Sharks have moved inshore away from Seal Island, and  low season has begun for viewing them, it is a great chance to experience the other beautiful sharks that live in our marine rich bay of False Bay. African Shark Eco-Charters run some great trips out to Cape Point to view the Blue Sharks and Mako sharks found in the open ocean around Cape Point, about 20-40 miles off shore. Another trip is to view the  Cow Sharks that are found in the marine protected Kelp Forests of Cape Point, but more on those in a future blog. One of our popular trips here at African Shark Eco-Charters is a  Blue Water Predator Trip, departing from Simons Town, this adventurous trip takes you 15-25 miles off Cape Point in search of pelagic sharks such as the magnificent Mako and Blue Sharks.      High [...]

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The Importance Of Sharks Needed For Maintaining Healthy Oceans

By | November 7th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

The Importance Of Sharks Needed For Maintaining Healthy Oceans Importance of sharks: Great White Shark helping to maintain the Cape Fur Seal population at Seal Island, False Bay There is no denying that sharks play an important role in maintaining the balance of marine ecosystems and for keeping our oceans healthy, but despite the fact that sharks have been swimming in the world's oceans for more than 400 million years, shark populations are declining rapidly due to commercial fishing, which is putting some species in danger of extinction. Humans kill more than 100 million sharks world wide on an annual basis and if this continues to happen, we will soon be living in a world without sharks, which will have a detrimental effect on the state of our oceans. Sharks are often the top "apex predators" in their ecosystems, which means that they have few or no natural predators, such [...]

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The Difference between Shark Cage Diving in False Bay to Gansbaai

By | November 7th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

    At African Shark Eco-Charters we love our sharks and taking Guests out to see the Great White Sharks of Seal Island.  Unfortunately in False Bay we have only a 9 month window where this is possible but during that season of February to October, the Shark sightings are spectacular which is why the False Bay is often used by Film Makers and Photographers to film Great White Sharks for their Documentary's, For the rest of the year we recommend that our Guests do their Shark Cage diving from Gansbaai.     Gansbaai  which is located 2.5 hours drive from Cape Town, next door to Hermanus. Off  the  coast of Gansbaai, is a  narrow channel called Shark Alley, which is the open stretch of water between Dyer Island and nearby Geyser Island. This is the most highly populated area in the world for Great White sharks, who hunt from [...]

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