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.

A great white ” nose” best

Have you ever wondered how a shark is so accurate and can smell something miles away? Maybe its because it smelled something fishy? Who nose? But let’s take a look at the tip of the issue. Did you know touching a shark’s nose sends them into a trance-like state? Please DO NOT EVER try and touch a shark’s nose – EVER (including in a cage!). Ten fingers, ten toes and smiles are what we want the most. Since we are at Blog number 5 I thought I’d switch it up and talk about the big FIVE senses starting with the [...]

By |2018-12-03T08:05:49+00:00April 24th, 2017|Categories: Sharks|Tags: |Comments Off on A great white ” nose” best

Soup fin or Vaalhaai Shark

Let’s Talk About It…Soup fin or Vaalhaai Shark Found in False Bay though not exclusively, as it is rather wide spread in temperate waters, this shark is family of the houndshark and has many names; Tope Shark, Vaalhaai, School Shark and Snapper Shark. It is also sometimes referred to as the Vitamin Shark, as its liver is very high in vitamin A. And as for the name; Soupfin Shark, you would have guessed correctly if you had guessed that they are fished for their flesh, which is eaten in countries from Greece, Mexico to Britain and of course Asia. Reaching [...]

By |2018-12-03T08:22:36+00:00April 21st, 2017|Categories: Sharks|Tags: , |Comments Off on Soup fin or Vaalhaai Shark

Shark Skeleton

Have you ever wondered what the inside of a shark looks like? No? Well I have. Interestingly a shark doesn’t actually have bones or a skeleton- per se. Did you know that, like a tree, you could tell a shark’s age by counting the rings in their bones? And that they aren’t like a normal piece of snoek with thousands of little bones because they do not have true bones like other fish. This is also, why a ray can “flap” like a bird. Shark cartilage may assist in cancer research. A shark is in fact made up of a [...]

By |2018-12-03T08:38:47+00:00March 29th, 2017|Categories: Sharks|Tags: |Comments Off on Shark Skeleton

The Orca VS The Great White Shark

Let’s Talk About It, The Orca With all the “boo-ha-ha” in Gansbaai, regarding the appearance of 4 Orcas in the bay, which seemed to coincide with the disappearance of the Great White Shark population from the famous Shark Alley, I thought I would take a deeper look into this phenomenon, of course only once the sharks had returned.   There seems to be differing beliefs here, some on the side of the Orca, saying they are not responsible for the disappearance of the Great Whites, as they are not a threat and others who believe they are a threat and [...]

By |2018-12-03T09:06:00+00:00March 24th, 2017|Categories: Marine Life|Tags: |Comments Off on The Orca VS The Great White Shark

The Sandbar Shark

Let’s Talk About It…Sandbar Shark The Sandbar Shark is found in temperate and tropical waters, from the Western Atlantic, between Massachusetts and southern Brazil; in the eastern Atlantic from Portugal to Zaire; and in the Indo-Pacific from South Africa, our very own False Bay and KZN to the Galapagos and from Vietnam to New Caledonia. Also occurring in the Red Sea and Mediterranean, this shark is gorgeous. Not taking anything away from the others, but this little guy is just a stocky, solid shark, makes me think of a Staffie. The Sandbar shark has cat-like eyes and a lovely smile. [...]

By |2018-12-03T10:05:35+00:00March 8th, 2017|Categories: Marine Life|Tags: |Comments Off on The Sandbar Shark

Rodney Fox – Thanks for the dive…

Have you ever wondered what crazy person would want to put a cage in the deep blue sea? Full of sharks?? So who decided to drop a cage in a sharks den? And what does this have to do with Steven Spielberg’s movie Jaws and lions??? The history of the “invention” - or rather adaptation of the cage is quite interesting. Looking back to where it all began, the year was 1940 and Rodney Fox was born in Adelaide, Australia, he is an avid sea enthusiast with many feats include fishing, spearfishing and catching lobsters. This progressed whereby he became [...]

By |2018-12-03T10:39:36+00:00March 8th, 2017|Categories: Interesting Articles|Tags: |Comments Off on Rodney Fox – Thanks for the dive…

Great White Shark Natural predations

Natural predations witnessed while shark cage diving On many of our shark cage diving trips, we get to witness the rare and phenomenal natural predation events that Seal Island, False Bay has to offer. Predation is one of the most fundamental interactions in nature and one of the most fascinating interactions to observe, but 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. Breaching is one of the hunting techniques that great [...]

By |2018-12-03T10:40:49+00:00January 13th, 2017|Categories: Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Great White Shark Natural predations

The Spotted Ragged Tooth

Let’s Talk About It…The Spotted Ragged Tooth Spotted Ragged Tooth Shark, the name alone creates a vision of some scary teeth, while Grey Nurse Shark, seems to send thoughts completely in the opposite direction, and Sand Tiger Shark, is kind of just in the middle there, and yet, all of these names belong to one shark! One shark that is found from Australia to the US and False Bay to Durban! The Spotted Ragged Tooth enjoys the temperate to tropical coastal waters of the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans. In South Africa, they really love the Eastern and Southern coasts. [...]

By |2018-12-03T10:16:08+00:00December 1st, 2016|Categories: Marine Life|Tags: |Comments Off on The Spotted Ragged Tooth

Puffadder Shyshark AKA Cat Shark

Let’s Talk About It…Puffadder Shyshark - aka - Cat Shark Found in False Bay, amongst other areas in the Western Cape through to Angola, this shark is a species of catshark! What? Catshark, really? Yes, really and not because it looks like this! It is also known as a “Happy Eddie” but that is easier to explain, as its scientific name is Haploblepharus Edwardsii, you can see how that came to pass right? A Shark growing to a maximum of 60cm...cute. A small shark, growing to a maximum of 60cm in length (24 inches), it can be found at depth [...]

By |2018-12-03T10:54:14+00:00November 24th, 2016|Categories: Marine Life|Tags: |Comments Off on Puffadder Shyshark AKA Cat Shark

Shortfin Mako Shark

Let’s Talk About It…Shortfin Mako Shark Another amazing shark to be found in the waters +- 25 miles off from False Bay amongst other temperate waters is the Shortfin Mako. Not to be confused with its cousin, the Longfin Mako; which grows to an average of 4.5 meters, the Shortfin Mako grows to a maximum of 2.5 meters weighing in at approximately 100 kilograms. Mako Sharks can reach and exceed 60 miles per hour. As is the fact of the Longfin Mako, the Shortfin Mako is also exceptionally fast, the cheetah of the ocean if you will, reaching and surpassing [...]

By |2018-12-03T11:03:58+00:00November 24th, 2016|Categories: Marine Life|Tags: |Comments Off on Shortfin Mako Shark