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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.

Let’s talk about the CookieCutter Shark

By | April 22nd, 2016|Tour Happening's|

Let’s Talk About The CookieCutter Shark So this cute, and very odd looking little shark, is part of the dogfish family, similar in colour with no anal fin, the cookiecutter shark grows to between 40cm and 60cm in length. Some people refer to this shark as the cigar shark because of its “cigar-like” shape, but it’s cookiecutter name comes from the bite marks it leaves on / in its prey. Ever baked cookies? If you have, you’ll know they don’t just fall into those cute shapes, you use a cookie cutter. The cookiecutter shark’s bite leaves a round cookie cutter type shape in the flesh of larger marine animals, including whales and tuna. And of course, having the size teeth they have, helps too! Did you know that in relation to the size of the shark, it has the largest teeth of all the sharks, comparing apples with apples of [...]

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Let’s talk about Orca’s

By | April 22nd, 2016|Tour Happening's|

Let’s talk about Orcas’… When I say “Orca”, what is the picture your mind conjures? If you are a little older, I am sure the movie “Free Willy” immediately jumps to mind! Big beautiful black and white whales…well actually the Orca, more commonly known as the “Killer Whale” is not a whale at all! The Orca is actually the largest member of the dolphin family, which you can kind of see it when you take a look and listen to them. As with dolphins, Orcas’ are very social creatures and swim the oceans of the world in pods of up to 30 strong. They hunt together, using ever evolving methods and team strategies to feed, and sometimes may even hook up with another pod to increase their numbers! As with dolphins, Orcas’ are highly intelligent, they continually learn better and new ways to feed, hunt and live! Their main food [...]

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Lets talk about the Dogfish Shark

By | April 8th, 2016|Tour Happening's|

Let’s talk about the Dogfish Shark… It’s an underwater dog…no it isn’t… Despite the name and silly picture; (not real), this shark looks nothing like a dog, well not any regular dogs I know anyway!   The dogfish shark is believed to be the most prolific shark is existences today, strange that, seeing as I bet very few people even know this shark exists, despite it having many different names like, piked dogfish, skittledog, codshark, spotted dogfish throndog and white spotted dogfish. Why the name spiny dogfish shark, is anyone’s guess, other than the dorsal fin that has spines, there is nothing “doggish” about this shark. I guess their social behaviour and hunting methods could have been a contributing factor, as they hunt in packs, like dogs. This little fella’ is representative of many different species within this family, including the massive Greenland Shark and the cute Cookie-Cutter Shark. “Spiny” [...]

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Let’s Talk About The Great White Shark…part one

By | March 14th, 2016|Tour Happening's|

Let’s Talk About The Great White Shark…part one I know so much has already been said about the Great White Shark and yet not enough is known! I want to talk a little about the myths surrounding them in this blog, if you will indulge me? Most people think of movies of the likes of Jaws and Open Water, when they hear the word “shark” or even worse “Great White Shark”, but these are unfair portrayals of these magnificent and little known animals! The bloodthirsty image as shown in these movies, are the overactive imaginings of the directors in order to up ratings! Though these are the apex predators of the ocean, Great White Shark attacks are rare, even when humans swim in close proximity with them! Fascinatingly enough, the Great White Shark is not entirely white in colour, but grey, blue and even brown, to better melt into the [...]

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My Shark Cage Dive Adventure…Part two

By | March 14th, 2016|Tour Happening's|

My Shark Cage Dive Adventure…Part two We were joined on the top look out deck by a young lady and her aunt, whom we later found out, was the “fun” aunt the one that went along on all the 16 year olds adrenaline fuelled adventures! My hubby was telling anyone who would listen that he was “the king of the world” while holding onto the safety rails with a firm grip. The trip to Seal Island took us about 30 uneventful minutes, which when in the middle of the ocean, is the way you want it, uneventful. If given time to think about things logically, one would eventually come to the truth, that since this is a rock of approximately 5 acres in size, and home to between 65 and 75 thousand Cape Fur Seals there is going to be a rather rank smell that will emanate from said rock! [...]

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My Shark Cage Dive Adventure…Part one

By | March 14th, 2016|Tour Happening's|

My Shark Cage Dive Adventure…Part one It was all very last minute, by 17h00 the day before we took the two last available spots on the boat! This was an unexpected and pleasant surprise, with the fact that there is very seldom space available so close to a dive, but there had been a last minute cancellation. The excitement was pliable; my husband was like a little boy on Christmas Eve! He went on a shopping spree, gearing himself up to “look the part” with shark t-shirts, motion sickness tablets and underwater cameras! He wanted to set the alarm for 04h00 in the morning, when we only had to be at the pier at “06h40 sharp”, keeping in mind, we live all of 15 mins WALK from the pier! “We can’t be late, we can’t miss the boat!” Was his reasoning, so I humoured him, as wives do. Every hour [...]

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Our Seas are alive with sharks

By | March 9th, 2016|Tour Happening's|

Our Seas Are Alive with Sharks! The past few days the Great White Shark activity around Seal Island, False Bay has been steadily increasing as we approach our high-season (April-September). We have had up to 6 different Great White Sharks around our boat in one single morning, hanging around long enough to give our guests the best viewing opportunity possible! Our experienced skipper, Rob Laurence decided to tow our Shark Decoy on our way back to Simonstown Harbour, after an excellent day of Shark Sightings and to all of our surprise we had a Great White Shark Surface Breach right behind our boat! So early in the season and already such good activity around Seal Island - Could this be a result of current El Nino cycle we experiencing!? Now lets not forget about the massive pods of Common Dolphins which have been around almost every trip, which by the [...]

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Allow me to introduce you to the Zebra Bullhead Shark…

By | February 10th, 2016|Tour Happening's|

Allow me to introduce you to the Zebra Bullhead Shark… I thought in keeping with the last introduction; “The Crested Bullhead Shark” (please hyperlink my previous blog) I would introduce another in the bullhead shark family, the Zebra Bullhead Shark. This little fella is a common, but not too well known member of the eight living species of this family. He too is a small, not typical shark looking fella with an ungainly body that appears to wiggle as opposed to swim, in the shallow waters of the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans as well as East Asia (+/- 50 meters), and the deep waters of Australia (+.- 150 to 200 meters). He may have an odd shape and the same piggish nose and small mouth as the rest of his relatives, but he boasts some of the most beautiful markings of any shark. Called the zebra of the sea [...]

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Common Dolphins and Great White Sharks

By | February 10th, 2016|Tour Happening's|

Common Dolphins and Great White Sharks on our False Bay, Seal Island trips. The past few trips to Seal Island have been nothing but spectacular! On our way to the Island this morning we were lucky enough to come across a pod of Common Dolphins, which appeared to be in a feeding frenzy not too far from the island itself. We just knew from then that it was going to be a day to remember! After the guests had finished taking pictures and enjoying the beauty of these incredible animals in their natural environment, we proceeded towards the north side of the island for some real action! Not long after dropping our anchor, we were greeted by a 2.5 meter Great White shark , the first one of the day but definitely not the last! With a blink of an eye, the first four enthusiastic guests were down in the [...]

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The Thresher Shark

By | February 9th, 2016|Tour Happening's|

The The Thresher Shark This incredible ‘little’ shark is quite extraordinary. What makes it unique is the evolution of its tail fin, into a killing machine. We are extremely blessed to have sighted one on one of our trips out with African Shark Eco-Charter’s this season. Following on from the last blog, False Bay offers an arrThe Thresher Shark This incredible ‘little’ shark is quite extraordinary. What makes it unique is the evolution of its tail fin, into a killing machine. We are extremely blessed to have sighted one on one of our trips out with African Shark Eco-Charter’s this season. Following on from the last blog, False Bay offers an array of shark life, and included in this list is the Thresher. This Shark is also known as the Fox Shark, obviously due to its over-sized tail fin (Caudal Fin), which actually usually grows up to the entire length [...]

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