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A great white ” nose” best

By | April 24th, 2017|Interesting Articles|

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 smell or nose. Actually, sharks have seven senses – which includes the Ampullae of Lorenzini and the Lateral Line A shark is able to detect scents from far away – up to 1ml of blood in 100l of water. This is done through the [...]

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Let’s Talk About It…Soup fin or Vaalhaai Shark

By | April 21st, 2017|Interesting Articles|

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 a maximum of 1.75m in the male and 1.95m in the female of the species, this shark is small, kind of bluish in colour, with a white under belly and a shallow body and longer snout. It has a crescent shaped mouth with backward facing, serrated teeth, while the [...]

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Shark Skeleton

By | March 29th, 2017|Interesting Articles|

The 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. A shark is in fact made up of a lighter, flexible cartilage that is more elastic to allow them to bend and swim in a tight circle. Some areas are harder, or more calcified, and softer for different functions such as a soft snout to absorb hard knocks better. This cartilage is believed to have an agent in that may be important to [...]

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Let’s Talk About It, The Orca

By | March 24th, 2017|Interesting Articles|

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 the sole reason for the Great White Shark’s game of hide and go seek. Both sides have a fair argument and both have proof to back up their claims. In False Bay in 2014, ASEC had many successful trips, filled with plenty shark activity out to Seal Island, and the [...]

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Let’s Talk About It…Sandbar Shark

By | March 8th, 2017|Interesting Articles|

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. He gets his name from being blue-greyish brown in colour with a paler underside, as with most sharks. He grows to a maximum of 2.4 meters (240 centimetres or 94 inches) and has a large dorsal fin for its body! He has almost cat-like eyes, and a lovely smile. His skin is thick and tough, which sadly makes it a [...]

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Fresh to Depth

By | March 8th, 2017|Interesting Articles|

Fresh to Depth 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 the 1962 South Australian Spearfishing Champion. A year later, on December 8th 1963, four months after 25-year-old life insurance salesman Rodney married his wife Kay, he re-entered the South Australian Spearfishing Championship to defend his title at Aldinga Beach, 50 kilometres away from Adelaide. While stalking large [...]

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Let’s Talk About It…Puffadder Shyshark

By | November 24th, 2016|Interesting Articles|

Let’s Talk About It…Puffadder Shyshark 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 small shark, growing to a maximum of 60cm in length (24 inches), it can be found at depth of up to 130 meters (426 feet) in rocky bottoms or habitats. It is slender with a flattened body and head and covered in little white spots all over its back. Various hues of brown are patched onto its little body. Not to be confused with the Natal Shyshark, or “Happy Kitty” as it is sometimes referred to … Haploblepharus Kistnasamyi, get it? [...]

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Let’s Talk About It…Shortfin Mako Shark

By | November 24th, 2016|Interesting Articles|

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. 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 97 kph (60 mph) for extended periods of time. Sometimes confused for a smaller version of the Great White Shark, a major identifying factor, are its scary razor sharp and strange looking teeth, which even when the Mako closes its mouth, are still visible! And even though “Flash Gordon” of the seven seas, looks scary, with those teeth, there are [...]

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Let’s Talk About It…Pajama Shark

By | November 10th, 2016|Interesting Articles|

Let’s Talk About It…Pyjama Shark   The Pajama Shark, not to be confused with Shark Pajamas or a shark in pajamas, is another arm of the Catshark family and is also known by Striped Catfish. Boasting a broad, flat head, with a blunt snout, this grey shark has the distinct markings of grandad’s stripped pajamas, with darker longitudinal strips running from head to tail, though broken the closer one gets to the tail. The underside of the Pyjama Shark is uniformly pale. With two little “feeler” type barbels above the mouth, that assist in foraging for prey, which includes smaller fish, crustaceans, molluscs and worms, they boast broad and rounded pectoral fins, two small dorsal fins that are set further back towards the tail. The Pajama Shark grows to a maximum of 1 meter (3.2 feet) in length and is endemic to the waters of the South African coast, ranging [...]

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Let’s Talk About It…Bronze Whaler Shark

By | October 27th, 2016|Interesting Articles|

Let’s Talk About It…Bronze Whaler Shark   Proudly found in the waters of False Bay, South Africa amongst other regions, where the waters are above 12 degrees Celsius, the Bronze Whaler Shark is also known by Copper Shark, or Narrowtooth Shark. Why the “Bronze Whaler” perhaps it’s because it has a bronze ridge between its dorsal fins, ‘cos other than that, it really doesn’t have much in the way of distinguishing marks. Why “Narrowtooth”, perhaps it has something to do with the fact that they have narrow, hook shaped teeth. “Copper Shark”, because out of the water, it has a sandy copper hue to its flesh, sometimes it looks a little like a dark gold as the sun catches it. Though not predatory towards humans, this 3.3 meter shark can get a little excited when eating its diet of small bony fish, cartilaginous fish and other cephalopods. Though not an [...]

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