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What Age do Great White Sharks Reach

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

What Age do Great White Sharks Reach Here at African Shark Eco-Charters, we have recently been getting a lot of questions about what age do Great White Sharks reach, and there is no easy answer to this question, because there is not really a lot of data on this, the main source of information we gather is from the inshore habitats of the Great White Shark that we easily access, and this is not a true reflection of the Great White Shark in its natural habitat. If you look at the existing estimates and the research that they are based on you will get an answer of between 25 to possibly more than 100 years, but this range is far too wide and collected by very unspecific methods so it cannot be called accurate. The biggest problem is how do you age a Great White Shark, recently Great White Sharks have [...]

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Great White Sharks Migration Patterns

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

Great White Sharks Migration Patterns All of us at African Shark Eco-Charters, get to spend a lot of time with the Great White Sharks in False Bay, and they are fascinating animals, one of the most fascinating secrets of these Great Whites is their Migration patterns as they do not live here in False Bay permanently, but rather move to other parts of the globe with great efficiency. It has only been recently that we have been able to unlock this secret due to the recent tagging of the Great White Sharks. Migration is one of the great mysteries of the animal kingdom that  continue to elude scientists worldwide. While this phenomenon is  witnessed in all major animal groups, including birds, mammals, insects, crustaceans, fish, reptiles and amphibians, surprisingly little  definitive knowledge is understood about its mechanisms and specifics.   Broadly, migration refers to the large scale movement of an animal  [...]

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What is it like to come face-to-face with a Great White Shark?

By | November 5th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

Join African Shark Eco-Charters and let us fulfill your dream of coming face-to-face with a Great White Shark What is it like to come face-to-face with a Great White Shark? Have you ever wanted to know what it's like to come face-to-face with a Great White Shark, or have you ever had the privilege of being part of the lucky few people that have? There is no denying that the Great White Shark is the most feared, yet most misunderstood shark in our oceans, and our aim at African Shark Eco-Charters is to change the perceptions of our guests so that they can all go home with a new found respect and understanding of these magnificent animals. We love the rewarding feeling when guests come off our boat after their dream has been fulfilled of coming face-to-face with a Great White Shark, and their fear of these apex predators has [...]

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Exclusive web clip for Great White Shark Legend

By | November 1st, 2013|Tour Happening's|

It is hard to capture in words that moment when you see a Great White Shark in it's natural habitat, up close, in real life. What you see on TV is 99% of the time not what a Great White is all about. The second you capture the moment of witnessing this majestic and misunderstood creature with your own eyes everything changes. It's hard to describe. That moment when the disconnect between what you thought you knew and what you now realise is true is something we are trying to display in the Great White Shark Legend documentary. With that in mind we would like to share some stories from some of the members of the White Shark Advocacy group (visit the Facebook group page here) who were kind enough to tell us their own legendary stories of that magical moment when you make that connection with nature in a [...]

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Different Breaching Techniques Used By Great White Sharks

By | October 31st, 2013|Tour Happening's|

Following our previous blog post on the anti-predatory strategies of the Cape Fur Seals at Seal Island, here is a post which focuses on the different breaching techniques used by Great White Sharks when hunting for prey. Over millions of years, Great White Sharks have adapted their hunting techniques to include breaching as an effective means to hunt certain species of prey. Seal Island in  False Bay, South Africa is home to the "flying" Great White Sharks, and offers the unique opportunity to witness the highest number of natural predatory events between Great White Sharks and Cape Fur Seals in the world. Great White Sharks rely on stealth, camouflage and speed when hunting, and the breaching technique is most effective as it provides the Great White Sharks with an element of surprise as they explode from the water with explosive speed to capture their prey. A massive "Polaris" breach in pursuit of the [...]

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Anti-predatory Strategies of Cape Fur Seals

By | October 29th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

Natural predation by Great White Sharks on Cape Fur Seals   Anti-predatory strategies of Cape Fur Seals are often observed at Seal Island in False Bay, South Africa. Seal Island provides unique opportunities to observe natural predation by Great White Sharks on Cape Fur Seals, and to observe social interactions among both species. Cape Fur Seals are constantly aware of the imminent threat of Great White Sharks in the area, which is heightened during the winter months (June - August), when the predation of Great White Sharks on Cape Fur Seals is most intense. Cape Fur Seals have their own unique techniques to detect, avoid, outmaneuver and sometimes injure the Great White Shark in order to survive. These anti-predatory strategies of Cape Fur Seals primarily rely on vigilance and agility to outsmart their attacker. Great Whites often sport numerous scratches on their heads, most likely caused by seals defending themselves [...]

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Tell-Tale Signs Of A Great White Shark Natural Predation Event

By | October 24th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

Natural predation of a Great White Shark on a Cape Fur Seal Natural predation is one of the most fundamental interactions in nature and one of the most fascinating interactions to observe, but natural predation is rarely observed in the wild. Seal Island, in False Bay, South Africa, provides unique opportunities to observe natural predation by Great White Sharks on Cape Fur Seals and to observe social interactions among both species. Here are a few tell-tale signs that a natural predation even is happening in the  area: Incoming seals abruptly changing course, Seals suddenly switching from porpoising to rapid zig-zag leaping, A group of travelling seals suddenly exploding from the water in multiple directions, A Great White Shark breaching, with or without a seal in its mouth, A bloody splash, often accompanied by a spreading oily slick, or Kelp Gulls or other seabirds wheeling over or plunging repeatedly toward [...]

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African Shark Eco-Charters – No More Shark Fin Soup In China?

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

According to a recent article published in The Independent, the demand for shark fins and shark fin soup in China has plunged, and there is fresh hope for sharks around the world. The article  sheds some light that the consumption of shark fin soup in China has reduced significantly by 50 - 70% in the past two years, and that shark fin soup has been banned from official banquets thanks to a government campaign against extravagance, a former NBA star, an amalgamation of Chinese business leaders, celebrities and students. Shark fins left to dry on a rooftop. © The Independent More than 70 million sharks were killed last year to satisfy the greedy demand from China's wealthy for shark fin soup, which is really devastating to hear. The team at African Shark Eco-Charters are very pleased to see that positive changes are starting to take effect. Sharks are an important part of [...]

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Are Great White Sharks the Apex Predator in False Bay

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

Are Great White Sharks the Apex Predator in False Bay? We have a perfect job at African Shark Eco-Charters, being able to go out everyday in the marine rich environment of False Bay, we get the chance to see first hand many of the wonderful species that we share this bay with. Many people when they hear the word “shark” in False Bay immediately  think of great white sharks. But, False Bay is home to an incredible  diversity of sharks, rays, skates and chimeras’(all cartilaginous fish)  with 27 different species, representing 15 families recorded in the  inshore waters of the bay. Most of these are potential prey for great  whites, especially the hound sharks, bronze whalers and guitar sharks.  As the saying goes "Man cannot live on Bread alone" :the same can be said for Great White Sharks, they cannot survive on a diet of only Seal. So they hunt [...]

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Swimming Safely in False Bay this Summer

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

      With summer on its way and the Great White Sharks moving closer inshore, our shark cage diving season in False Bay has officially come to an end, and African Shark Eco-Charters thought it would be a good idea to remind everyone to keep swimming safely in the water and to obey the Shark Spotter’s Flag Warning System.   Considering the number of people who use the ocean on a daily basis, the actual number of attacks by Great White Sharks is extremely low. People are not the natural prey of the Great White Sharks. Everyone entering the ocean should do so at their own discretion,  knowing that they are entering a wild environment in which sharks  naturally live. We are entering their territory; they are not coming into ours.   Shark Safety Tips If people exercise caution and are aware of their environment, the risk of an attack can [...]

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