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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.

Talking About Sharks…

By | July 25th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

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 the Ragged Tooth Shark. They tend to hang out together and feed in the manmade catacombs of ship wrecks! Being most active at night, they stay pretty well hidden until darkness falls. These fearful looking creatures hunt other smaller sharks, bony fish, rays, crustaceans and squid. As scary a predator [...]

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Just A Couple Important Things To Remember When Booking / Taking A Shark Trip

By | July 19th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

It is heart breaking as a shark trip operator when we have to cancel trips due to unfavourable weather conditions, but as we believe in Safety First, there are times we simply have no other option. What makes it even more upsetting, is when the guest is unable to reschedule because they are leaving in a day or two. As a result, I have put together a couple tips, for both booking and taking a shark trip. When Booking: Always book a shark trip at the beginning of your holiday – actually any weather dependant trip or tour, so you are able to reschedule if you have to, especially if you have centred your entire vacation around your trip Weather is unpredictable, but as far as possible, try to book in the better weather months, if the trips are offered Do your homework around the operator – check reviews and [...]

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Bragging Rights..

By | July 18th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

I know I have said it before, but I can’t say it enough; it is simply wonderful to receive these kinds of reviews from our guests and it is with great pride and humility that we share them with all of you! “Enthusiastic Staff, Amazing Sharks” Reviewed 11 July 2015NEW Our tour with African Shark Eco Tours was amazing. We saw tons of natural predation, which was exhilarating.  One of my favorite parts of the trip was the staff. They were all kind, friendly, and good at their jobs. What made them so fun was their passion for sharks. Once the Great Whites started chasing the seals, the staff couldn't help but hoot, holler, and cheer. That really got us in the spirit and helped us join in the excitement.  Don't go expecting a thrill-a-minute. There are often long lulls where nothing happens, followed by one or two minutes of [...]

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Let’s Talk About It … The Lemon Shark

By | July 12th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

Perhaps the reason this is, to date my favourite of the sharks, is because it is the most researched. And the reason for that is because it is one of very few sharks that handle captivity well, so make studying them possible and a whole lot easier. Lemon Sharks have a beautiful yellow hue, hence their name and almost cat-like eyes, unlike a lot of the other sharks. An adult can grow to approximately 11 feet and weigh close to 200kgs, not a little fella’ by any stretch of the imagination! At this point, I want to stop, and actually encourage you to think about the size. Think of the tallest person you know, generally that’s around 6 to 6.3 feet tall; now think again about the size of the adult Lemon Shark, 11 feet! It’s huge, and still not the biggest shark in our oceans. Lemon Sharks are not [...]

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Let’s Discuss Shark Week

By | July 11th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

It’s always a good idea to understand the origins and rationale behind something if one is going to discuss it, so I decided to look into Shark Week. Shark week started on the 17th July 1988 in an attempt to develop an awareness, respect and as a result, love for the shark. It was started by the Discovery Channel and is held annually between July and September of each year. During the past few years, Shark Week has taken on an entertainment value, sometime positive and other times negative, due to the airing of fictional dramatic programmes, such as Jaws, Shark Attack 3 and Deep Blue Sea, to name but a few ; but has proved to be the longest running TV programming event in television history. One of the most popular programmes and most watched is Megalodon – The Monster Shark Lives The discussion point here, I believe, is [...]

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Let’s Brag…Just A Little…

By | July 4th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

Hi folks! I thought, as an added extra, I was going to brag a little and post a few reviews we recently received. I’m sure you will indulge me, as sometimes it’s nice to receive a pat on the back. Let’s start with a review by Nick. S, who joined us on a trip in June of this year, he was thrilled, let’s see what he had to say. “A Once In A Life Time Trip - Our morning out with Rob and Kim of African Shark Eco-Charters was simply amazing. We were expecting to see some big sharks but we didn't know how big! Our first taste was of a 4.5m Great White breaching right out of the water and it left me shaking with adrenaline, partly because of the physical power and majesty and partly because I knew I'd taken the most amazing photo of my life. Later [...]

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Getting Familiar…

By | July 3rd, 2015|Tour Happening's|

Most blogs out there, including ours tend to speak to the knowledgeable shark enthusiast. Today I want to speak to those less knowledgeable enthusiasts and attempt to save us all from the embarrassment that our, sometimes rookie questions spark. You see, I too am new to all this, and though I have a love of all creatures, land and sea, I admittedly don’t know much about our friend, the shark. Would you join me on the journey into the understanding of sharks, shark trips and cage diving? Let’s start by defining the following “sharkaneeze”. Breaching     This is when the hunting shark breaks out of the water in pursuit of its prey. We refer to this as “Airjaws” for obvious reasons. Predation      This is the natural hunt, so not a decoy chase but rather a hunting shark hunting its natural prey, which in the case of the Great White Shark is [...]

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Facts about Cape Fur Seals

By | July 2nd, 2015|Tour Happening's|

Seal Blog: Team Seal Here are some Cape Fur Seal Facts I bet you didn’t know about! Here in the Southern Peninsula, our resident seals are the Cape Fur Seals. We do find other seal Sub-species along our coastline, such as the Leopard Seal, Elephant Sea and Sub-Antarctic Seal, however the Cape Furs are the only ones know to breed down here. Interestingly enough the Cape Fur Seal and the Australian Fur Seal are almost identical, their only differences being the geographical ranges. The Cape Fur is an eared Seal, unlike other seal species. On our trips out to Seal Island we come across hundreds and thousands of Cape Furs, either making their way back to the Island, coming from it, or breeding and relaxing on the rocky structure they call home. I find it particularly interesting how these marine mammals are adapted to escape the ever clutching jaws of [...]

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Mako Sharks

By | June 21st, 2015|Tour Happening's|

The Mako shark is the fastest swimming shark in the world at 40 kilometres per hour, attaining burst speeds up to 70 kilometres per hour. Most individuals are between 1.5 and 2.5 metres in length but large females up to 4 metres have been previously recorded. This species is found in temperate and tropical (17-22 degree Celsius) waters up to 500 metres in depth. These sharks, like white sharks, are adapted to life in these cool waters and have a heat exchange system in their body that keeps their muscles and internal temperature above that of the surrounding cool waters. This adaptation allows these sharks to maintain a high degree of activity. These sharks are top predators that prey on various fish species as well as sea turtles, dolphins and occasionally marine debris.  Females are slow maturing at approximately 19 years, while males mature much sooner, at 8 years. Between [...]

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Fantastic Experience with African Shark Eco-Charters

By | June 18th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

“A fantastic experience!” Reviewed 29 April 2015 We had a great time with the Eco-Charters team. We were fortunate enough to have a good shark day at the beginning of April. We the the last of the charter boats to arrive at Seal Island - the others were already anchored and had some shark activity so our captain decided to try and get a breaching attack - not usual for this time of year - and we were successful - not a full "airjaws" experience, but a great visual of the shark breaking the water to attack the decoy! The cage dive was fantastic - lots of action - and the regulator makes it really easy and in no way whatsoever caused the sharks to stay away. I would recommened this experience to anyone visiting Cape Town Visited April 2015

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