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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.

The Thresher Shark

By | November 27th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

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 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 of the Sharks body! Typically there are three types of Thresher Sharks: 1) Pelagic Thresher 2) Bigeye Thresher 3) Common Thresher However scientist are almost convinced there is a fourth species, yet this is still a mystery, as with most facts regarding sharks, and only time will tell if a fourth species is to be confirmed. [...]

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Sharks of False Bay

By | November 15th, 2015|Interesting Articles|

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 False Bay, it is interesting as well to note that most of these are possible and certain prey for our majestic White, and there is very little threat to human by Sharks other than our Great White, so we tend to pay less attention to them. However we are lucky [...]

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Sharks help Reduce Global Warning

By | November 6th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

Sharks help Reduce Global Warning Wishful thinking? No, not all according to Australian Scientists. Many sea creatures and sea turtles eat carbon-rich sea grasses, so when the sharks eat these creatures – they are not only getting an energy supply for themselves, but helping global warming too. Who said sharks cant multi-task! This just goes to show just how spectacular these creatures are, not that we didn’t already know this, but this is more confirmation how important sharks are to the environment and well-being of our planet. A study was conducted after a shark culling programme was carried out in Australia. The study showed that due to fewer sharks in the area, sea turtle numbers increased which meant that there was a whole lot more sea grass being eaten. The act of eating the sea grass releases carbon, which ends up accelerating climate change. So in essence, the more turtles [...]

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Breaching Great White Sharks

By | November 6th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

Breaching Great White Breaching is a once in a lifetime, must see experience. It is just simply amazing to see a creature, King of the waters, if you will, leaping out of the ocean and gliding through the sky as it catches its prey. The energy and power needed to be able to launch out the water is just incredible. Breaching is the natural hunting method the Great White uses to catch prey. Breaching season in the False bay area starts in May and we are very lucky to be able to offer our AirJaws trip. The AirJaws trip not only allows surface viewing of the sharks and Breaching but also cage diving if you wish. Our AirJaws trip is an early morning trip as Breaching takes place mainly just before sunrise. We look forward to having you join us on this amazing experience

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Blessings with Orca’s In False Bay

By | November 6th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

The Orca! Killer Whale – Orcinus orca Over the last few years we have been blessed with Orca Pods arriving in False Bay, hunting dolphins and other larger marine fish and mammals. This fantastic spectacle has attracted the likes of photographers and wildlife lover’s world-wide. We were privileged enough to be able to view and follow them on one of our Shark Cage Diving trips this year, at African Shark Eco-Charters. What makes the Orca such an incredible creature is their unique adaption to its environment, and unbelievable intelligence, making them the finest predators in the Ocean. The Orca, or Killer Whale is actually the largest member of the Dolphin family. The Orcas are the most incredible and feared hunters of the deep, working together they seem to strategize, showing signs of extreme intelligence, while they force their prey into fatal situations. Orcas use echolocation, bouncing sounds off objects in [...]

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Passively Beautiful Basking Shark

By | October 23rd, 2015|Tour Happening's|

The Basking Shark – Passively beautiful! When one thinks of the word Shark, there is generally an air of gloom and fear that follows. Automatically we think of ‘Jaws’ and other such ridiculously over sensationalised movies and documentaries. What we forget, is that not all Sharks are Apex hunters, predators and killers. A look into the life of the non-aggressive shark may give us a greater understanding of the shark family as a whole, and perhaps curb our need to dread the magnificent creatures of the deep. So let us take a look at a shark that is known for its reflexive personality, the Basking Shark, and it’s hauntingly beautiful size and perfection. The Basking shark, is one of three plankton-eating sharks, and are completely harmless to humans, and actively non-aggressive. Even though this shark poses no threat to our population, we have been exploiting it for our own commercial [...]

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Shark Poem by African Shark Eco-Charters

By | October 16th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

Shark Poem by African Shark Eco-Charters 12th April Crazy shark day!! And a poem dedicated to all the ‘Mark the Sharks’ we have around Seal Island at the moment (for those who haven’t picked up on it yet, we seem to name many of the sharks around the boat Mark. We have Mark 1, Mark 2 and even Mark 3. Who knows where this will go..... and it all started from one little (Well actually quite big, about 3.5metres) white shark who turned up at the boat with a – yep youve guessed it – big scratch (or mark!) on his side. But first, this whole week has been a great build up of shark activity. Dare I say it, every trip has been near on perfect. We have had a brilliant mixture of great guests, and memorable shark activity. Since the few bad weather days in False Bay last [...]

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Unpredictable White Sharks this week

By | October 16th, 2015|Interesting Articles|

5th April Very unpredictable ‘sharkyness’ has been going on all week! We have gone from one extreme of great white shark behaviour, to another. Towards the end of last week the visibility around Seal Island, False Bay was incredible. At one point we were anchored in 12 metres of water, watching seals swim around the boat in crystal clear water – almost unheard of!  We could clearly see the rocky substrate on the bottom, and therefore any activity beneath the surface. Unfortunately for us, this clear water meant the sharks were very chilled and slow, to the point where we waited for over 2 hours for a viewing. For our afternoon trip that day we explained the situation to the guests, and told them to expect longer than usual waiting time – especially as it was a fully booked boat with everyone wanting to go into the cage. However, the [...]

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Shark Spotters in False Bay

By | October 16th, 2015|Interesting Articles, Tour Happening's|

Shark Spotters in False Bay – how they keep you and our sharks safe: The Flag System – what does it mean? Red Flag: High Alert! White Flag: Shark has been spotted! Black Flag: Spotting conditions are poor! Green Flag: Spotting conditions are good! Where and when can you find Shark Spotters on Duty? Permanent Beaches (365 days a year): Muizenberg: 8am – 6pm St James/Kalk Bay: 8am – 6pm Fish Hoek: 8am – 6pm (7am – 6.45pm in summer) The Hoek, Noordhoek: 8am – 6pm Caves, Kogel Bay: 8am – 6pm Temporary Beaches (Oct – April: Weekends, Public Holidays and School Holidays) Clovelly: 10.00am – 5pm Glencairn: 8am – 6pm  

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Great Whites and the Ecosystem

By | October 14th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

How Great White Sharks Play a Role in The Ecosystem The Great White Shark is the top predator throughout the world’s ocean. They became fearless top hunters through the evolution of supremely-adapted senses and physiology. They rely on their 6 senses to track and capture their prey. Their senses are: Hearing, Vision, Taste, Touch, Electro-Reception and smell. Of all of the Great White Sharks senses, smell is the most accurate sense of them all. They can smell one drop of blood in 100 litres of water! Being an apex predator the Great White has no natural enemies, except perhaps Orca’s. Apex predators have a vast effect on the population of their prey’s species. They keep the marine life under control and regulate our oceans. Take the Great White out of the equation and that causes an effect on the organisms lower in food chain. If the Great White became extinct, [...]

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