HERE IS AN OVERVIEW OF OUR “AIRJAWS” TOUR.
The AIRJAWS Tour is a shark cage diving, and breaching trip. We want you to have a personal experience, which is why we have purposely chosen to avoid the mass market route and only take small groups of 8-12 people. Putting sharks first, with our “first do no harm”, approach makes us the perfect choice when choosing a shark diving operator.
AIRJAWS refers to the great white shark breaching behaviour. It 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 the shark right out of the water, hence called AIRJAWS. 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 behaviour is absolutely awesome to witness in person, and if you are in Cape Town during shark season, then the AIRJAWS tour is a “must do”. It is seen nowhere on the planet as regularly as in False Bay and by joining us on one of our AIRJAWS tour you may be lucky enough to witness a breaching great white shark “AIRJAWS” for yourself.
We depart early in the morning as this is when the great white’s natural predatory interaction with the Cape Fur seal is the most intense. The activity lasts for around an hour and a half.
We are respectful that we are entering the territory of the great white and even though we try to get as close to a predatory event as possible, every effort is made to avoid blocking a seal’s escape path to the Island. This is a natural event we are witnessing and so we make sure our environmental impact is as little as possible.
When the predation activity has quieted down we try for a decoy tow using a fake soft cushion cut out “dummy” seal, in which we attempt to get the great white shark to breach. This soft decoy will not harm the shark in any way and making sure that we only do this for a limited period only, it allows for the best photographic opportunity.
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