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Let’s Talk About It…Hound Shark

By | October 25th, 2016|Interesting Articles|

Let’s Talk About It…Hound Shark Found in False Bay waters through to Angola and the temperate waters of the East Atlantic, this shark doesn’t look anything like any hounds I know…they do not try to disguise themselves either, with their greyish – brown colouring, they can be found swimming at varying depths of between 16.5 and 1140 feet! (5 to 347 meters) Enjoying the ocean bed, they can sometimes be found at mid-water level too, so not surface feeders as we have with the Great White Shark. At a maximum of 3.6 feet (1.10 meters) in the males and 5.4 feet (1.65 meters) in the females, this fairly slender shark has a short head and snout. Really doesn’t look like a hound at all! The females mature at a length of approximately 2.6 feet (approx. 80cm) and after a 10 to 11 month gestation period, will give birth to between [...]

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Our Great White Shark friends are back!

By | July 27th, 2016|Interesting Articles|

We have been lucky enough to run back to back Great White Shark trips to Seal Island for the past few weeks - it's safe to say our Great White Shark friends are back! The AM trips have been a real once in a life time experience for our guests with numerous full natural predations, scavenging behavior and predations on our decoy! With a breath taking sunrise almost every morning sets for a photographers dream, giving guests the best possible lighting/background False Bay has to offer! On average we have been having 3-6 different Great White Sharks around our boat on a PM Dive Trip allowing our guests to each experience an intimate moment with these incredible animals. It has been great to see some return Great White Sharks from the previous seasons (which we've named individually according to distinct markings) and some new ones too. Last week we were [...]

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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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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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Is Shark Cage Diving Safe?

By | February 24th, 2015|Interesting Articles|

Great White Shark Cage Diving, False Bay, Cape Town When it comes to the safety aspect of shark cage diving this is never overlooked.  All the crew of African Shark Eco-Charters are very professional and  seek to ensure that divers enjoy an unforgettable experience. Shark cage diving safety is naturally extremely important and divers can be certain that African Shark Eco-Charters follows all the necessary safety procedures and regulations.The cage itself is designed and built   to be both safe and comfortable for the divers. Our crew consists of a qualified skipper, a dive master, level 3 medic and a tour guide who are trained to handle any emergency situation that may arise whilst out at sea.  African Shark Eco-Charters complies with a strict set of safety regulations required by SAMSA. The boat, cage and diving equipment are inspected and surveyed by SAMSA,  and by our crew on an [...]

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Common dolphins of False Bay

By | February 24th, 2015|Interesting Articles|

Common Dolphins in False Bay Common dolphins are frequently seen on our Great White Shark trips and are widely distributed in the offshore waters along the entire coast of South Africa. There are two species of common dolphin, the long-beaked and short-beaked common dolphin. The main species that we see on our trips is the long-beaked common dolphin. Physical Description & Colour Common dolphins can easily be identified by their bright, colour-contrasting patters. The sides are light grey in colour behind the dorsal fin, and a yellowish-tan colour in front of the dorsal fin, which creates their distinct hourglass pattern. The back is dark grey-to-black in colour, stretching from the top of the head to the tail, and dipping to a V on the sides below the dorsal fin. The belly is white in colour. Common Dolphins have slender but solid bodies, with a long beak and a [...]

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Cape Point Nature Reserve

By | February 24th, 2015|Interesting Articles|

Stunning view of Cape Point Cape Point Nature Reserve After your Great White Shark cage diving and breaching trip with Rob Lawrence and African Shark Eco-Charters, why not spend the rest of your afternoon soaking up the spectacular scenic views of the Cape Point Nature Reserve. Situated at the tip of the Cape Peninsula 60 km south-west of Cape Town, the Cape Point Nature Reserve falls within the southern part of the Table Mountain National Park; a declared World Heritage Site. There is a misconception that Cape Point is the southern-most tip of Africa, because it was once believed to be the dividing point between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. In fact, the southern-most point is Cape Agulhas, which is situated about 150 km to the east-southeast. Cape Point is a nature enthusiast's paradise, with roughly 7 750 hectares of a rich variety of flora and fauna. Cape [...]

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Bull Shark Facts

By | February 24th, 2015|Interesting Articles|

Did you know...Bull Sharks get their name from their short, blunt snout, as well as their aggressive nature and their tendency to head-butt their prey before attacking. They are medium-sized sharks with thick, stocky bodies and long pectoral fins. They have a silvery to dark grey upperside,with a white underside. They feed mainly on bony and cartilaginous fish, but also on crustaceans, sea turtles and birds. The Bull Shark is most famous for its remarkable ability to survive in both saltwater and freshwater. They are common worldwide and are mainly found in warm, shallow waters along coasts and rivers. Luck for us, the Great White is only found in the ocean! Conservation status Near Threatened (IUCN 3.1)[1] Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordate Class: Chondrichthyes Subclass: Elasmobranchii Order: Carcharhiniformes Family: Carcharhinidae Genus: Carcharhinus Species: C. leucas Binomial name: Carcharhinus leucas   (J. P. Müller and Henle, 1839) Range of bull shark [...]

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Boulders Penguin Colony

By | February 24th, 2015|Interesting Articles|

Boulders Penguin Colony During our Great White Shark cage diving and breaching trips, we frequently see a number of bird species, including the African penguin. Situated just around the corner from the seaside village of Simon's Town, the Boulders area has become world famous for its thriving colony of African penguins, formerly called Jackass Penguins as their call resembles that of a donkey's bray. The Boulders area falls under the protection of the Table Mountain National Park, which also incorporates Table Mountain and the Peninsula mountain chain from Signal Hill to Cape Point. Although it is set amongst a residential area, this is one of the few sites in the world where this vulnerable bird species can be observed wandering freely in close proximity in a protected natural environment. Foxy Beach forms part of the main breeding colony of African penguins, and is the main viewing area for visitors. The [...]

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