About Rob Lawrence

Shark expert Rob Lawrence, together with his wife Karen and their dedicated team in Simon’s Town, Cape Town. Rob, also known as shark legend Rob or Captain Rob has been working with great white sharks for the last 20 years and has dedicated his life to the great white shark.

The mistakes we keep making

In last decade has seen poaching brutality against rhinos rise so sharply, that people are beginning to fear they will be culled to extinction in the near future. “South Africa is home to about 80 percent of the world’s 29,000 rhinos. Though this is the third year in a row the number of rhinos poached in South Africa has dropped—from a high of 1,215 in 2014—conservationists say these losses are still unsustainable. The decline last year was small enough that it could be accounted for by undetected carcasses in large national parks, according to TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring organization.” [...]

By | 2018-07-04T06:42:32+00:00 May 24th, 2018|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on The mistakes we keep making

HOW LONG HAVE SHARKS BEEN AROUND?

Many kinds of methods used to protect humans from sharks are increasing the decline of the shark species. Many of these methods cause more harm to the shark and their species. So how long have Sharks been on Earth for?   Fossil evidence shows that sharks populated the planet before the dinosaurs existed, more than 400 million years ago. Since the skeleton of the shark is composed primarily of cartilage, the only thing conserved from prehistoric sharks are fossil samples of the dermal denticles and teeth, but there are some exceptional cases of preserved skeletons.   Certainly, not all of [...]

By | 2018-05-16T06:55:25+00:00 May 8th, 2018|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on HOW LONG HAVE SHARKS BEEN AROUND?

SHARKS ARE UNDER SERIOUS THREAT AROUND THE GLOBE

Sharks are a fundamental predator at on the top of their marine food chains, and they regulate the populations of species below them. Research has shown that massive depletion of sharks has falling effects throughout the ocean’s ecosystems. REPRODUCTION Sharks mature slowly, and reach reproductive age anywhere from 12 to 15 years. This, combined with the fact that many species only give birth to one or two pups at a time, means that sharks have great difficulty recovering after their populations have declined. Soon after birth, sharks’ pups swim away to fend for themselves. They are born with fully-fledged sets [...]

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WHERE DO WE FIND SHARKS?

Sharks can be found all over the world, mostly in cool waters and close to the coastal surface waters of all the major oceans. Most ocean – dwelling species would die if you removed them from saltwater, but about 20 different shark species can survive in fresh water rivers, lakes and streams; this includes the bull shark. This benefit allows these sharks to give birth to young in areas where they face little vulnerability of being eaten by other marine predators. From the sunny shallows to the ocean deep, the scorching tropics to frosty subarctic waters, and even freshwater rivers, [...]

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Let’s Talk About It … The Sharks of False Bay

The Sharks of False Bay......Due to the infamy the Great White has achieved in the False Bay Waters, one tends to overlook the magnificent diversity of Sharks we find in False Bay. Although being able to safely see a Great White Shark is deservedly on many a man’s bucket list, many of our smaller predators are over shadowed by the powerful presence of the White. Yet the sea that surrounds the Cape Peninsula is abundant in incredible sea life, including the Sharks listed below. The Below table consists of the various sharks species found and spotted over the years in [...]

By | 2018-07-04T11:49:43+00:00 March 9th, 2018|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on Let’s Talk About It … The Sharks of False Bay

Shark Finning

The spotlight focus this week for African Shark Eco Charters falls upon shark finning. Upon doing some research and seeing the damage caused on our environment, I am outraged and shocked at the impact of shark finning. So today’s blog is going to be about shark finning, its impact, and what can be done to prevent it.   So what is shark finning and where does it originate from? There is no accurate record of where finning originated from but it can be dated back to the 14th Century as a delicacy for nobles and aristocrats in China for shark [...]

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Let’s Talk About It…Why Great White Sharks are not seen in captivity

Great whites are not seen in captivity........It is sadly human nature to try and confine our wildlife, whether marine or land. Maybe this is driven by a deep desire to feel powerful or maybe it’s the human races’ ability at cruelty that drives it; whatever it is, it is a very real fact. Some of us will remember when bears, lions, tigers and even elephants were a regular in circus’ the world over, so why would we stop there? If we could confine and subdue the King of the animal kingdom, why not do the same with the Apex predator [...]

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Talking About Sharks…

I said before that I wanted to venture into the world of sharks with you, one at a time, learning about their individual characteristics and make up, and thought I would start with an overview of some of the more “outstanding” of the 510 species of shark. I spoke of the Lemon Shark in my previous blog, and also admitted that this is one of my favourite sharks, but there are a whole lot of others that will inspire awe and amazement at their sheer abilities and odd looks! Possibly one of the most vicious looking of all sharks is [...]

By | 2018-07-04T11:37:15+00:00 March 7th, 2018|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on Talking About Sharks…

Fun Facts – Sharks

The more I learn about these majestic creatures, the more fascinated I become and the more I want to know! I think this is true of most of us. Let’s see how many of these facts you were familiar with. What is it, which characterizes sharks and differentiates them from the other sea creatures? Their teeth – did you know that sharks re-grow their teeth from the back to front, almost like a conveyer belt, and can “shed” as many as 6000 teeth per year Their sandpaper like skin – did you know that their skin is made up of [...]

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My educational encounter with African Shark Eco-Charters

I am a 19 year old Tourism student who needed to complete an internship at an established tourism business in order to complete my studies. Since I have a deep passion for our natural marine beauty and the animal abundance we are blessed with here in False bay, and have lived here for many years, I had decided to go to a local tourist hot-spot, Simon's town. In searching online I came across African Shark Eco Charters and after reading their excellent reviews, mission and vision they were the first company I had approached to complete my internship. I sent [...]

By | 2018-07-04T06:45:10+00:00 November 8th, 2017|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on My educational encounter with African Shark Eco-Charters