When the sharks don’t come to the party

African Shark Eco-Charters pride themselves in Business Ethic and Customer Service. One of the many things we here at African Shark Eco-Charters pride ourselves in, is our business ethic and customer service. As a result of this, even though we are not in control of nature, whether it’s sea and weather conditions, or the sharks activity on any given day, we have put safe guards in place to ensure that you, our valued guest, gets to experience the amazing Great White Shark in its natural environment. The first thing is; we will not take payment (unless it’s a deposit for [...]

By |2018-11-29T10:34:39+00:00August 1st, 2018|Categories: Interesting Articles|Tags: |Comments Off on When the sharks don’t come to the party

The Ideal Shark Trip

The Start Of The Ideal Shark Cage Dive. Arrival at the pier at 06h40, on a cool but not uncomfortable morning. The glow of a promised sunrise peaking over the mountain tops, and a group of happy, fun and friendly guests joining you on The Blue Pointer. Everyone on time, disclaimers signed, briefing given and the trip is underway. Anticipation of the adventure ahead, grows as the island looms closer in the slow rising of the most dramatic sunrise, with reds, oranges and yellows streaking the purple sky. Bioluminescence clearly visible leaving a trail in the wake of the engines, [...]

By |2018-11-29T10:48:00+00:00July 12th, 2018|Categories: Interesting Articles|Comments Off on The Ideal Shark Trip

The Marine Eco-System-Part Two

Taking this further, let’s look at the Shark, and specifically the Great White Shark. Being the Apex Predator, the removal of this creature will cause a top down effect on organisms that are lower on the food chain. For instance, it has been seen in some parts of the ocean where the population of the main predator has been reduced, resulting in the main prey then increasing and eventually eating themselves out of their food source! This then changes the entire ecology of the area. Logically, should the White Shark become extinct, it’s main food source, being seal, sea lion [...]

By |2018-11-29T10:51:54+00:00July 1st, 2018|Categories: Interesting Articles|Tags: |Comments Off on The Marine Eco-System-Part Two

Let’s Talk About The Great White Shark

Great White Shark! Three little words that strike fear into the most intrepid adventurer, the strongest man and the biggest adrenaline junkie. Three little words that make life time surfers perspire in their wetsuits while on their boards, and take the breath of experienced divers away! Three little words that have mother’s holding a little tighter to their children and father’s swearing to protect to their last breath. Three little words that have caused the death of hundreds of thousands and screwed with our eco-systems! And those three little words: Great White Shark! Great White Sharks can grow to over [...]

By |2018-11-29T10:56:02+00:00June 11th, 2018|Categories: Interesting Articles|Comments Off on Let’s Talk About The Great White Shark

The Ocean Also Has An Eco-System

We hear how removing something from an eco-system causes damage and changes As we are all aware, the earth is made up of eco-systems and sub eco-systems. Well so are the oceans. We hear how removing something from an eco-system causes damage and changes, but let’s have a closer look at this from the oceans perspective. Firstly, the marine eco-systems are the largest of the earth’s eco-systems... and include salt marshes, intertidal zones, estuaries, lagoons, mangroves, coral reefs, deep sea, kelp forests and sea floor. Think about it, the oceans cover more than two thirds of the planet, and many [...]

By |2018-11-25T15:36:22+00:00May 29th, 2018|Categories: Interesting Articles|Comments Off on The Ocean Also Has An Eco-System

The Seven Gill Cow Shark

Let’s Talk About It – The Seven Gill Cow Shark I decided to talk about the Sevengill Cow Shark this week, because against all that is “normal” we have been visited by these pre-historic looking, gentle sharks at Seal Island lately in the absence of our glorious Great Whites. Not to say that it hasn’t been wonderful, it’s just been different, as Cow Sharks tend to spend most of their time in deeper waters and kelp forests, only coming into shallower waters, it is believed, to breed. Oh, and this is not really a "cow shark" ... this is ...   [...]

By |2018-11-29T11:02:18+00:00May 25th, 2018|Categories: Interesting Articles|Comments Off on The Seven Gill Cow Shark

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 the sharks [...]

By |2018-11-30T09:35:32+00:00May 8th, 2018|Categories: Interesting Articles|Comments Off on HOW LONG HAVE SHARKS BEEN AROUND?

The mistakes we keep making

Rhino Poaching. In this last decade the world 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, [...]

By |2018-11-29T11:08:48+00:00May 24th, 2018|Categories: Interesting Articles|Tags: , |Comments Off on The mistakes we keep making

SHARKS ARE UNDER SERIOUS THREAT

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 [...]

By |2018-11-30T09:37:35+00:00May 8th, 2018|Categories: Interesting Articles|Comments Off on SHARKS ARE UNDER SERIOUS THREAT

WHERE DO WE FIND SHARKS?

Where do we find sharks? 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 [...]

By |2018-11-30T09:57:15+00:00May 8th, 2018|Categories: Interesting Articles|Tags: |Comments Off on WHERE DO WE FIND SHARKS?