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10 Things you didn’t know about the Great White Shark

By | February 24th, 2015|Interesting Articles|

The magnificent Great White Shark Known as one of the ocean's greatest predators, the Great White Shark has grown to become quite a hit amongst travellers and tourists through Shark Cage Diving. If you are thinking about going shark cage diving then you will find the following facts about the Great White Shark quite interesting. The largest Great White Shark ever recorded was caught off Cojimar, Cuba and measured 6.4 m (21 feet) and roughly 3,312 kg (7,302 pounds). The average size of a Great White Shark is between 3.5 - 4.6 m. Although the Great White Shark can reach lengths of up to 6m, it is not the largest shark in the ocean, but it is the biggest predatory shark. They have six senses: sight, smell, taste, touch, hearing and electro-reception. Great White Sharks are sensitive to low frequency sounds as produced by struggling prey. They don't [...]

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Shark Awareness

By | February 24th, 2015|Interesting Articles|

Shark Spotting Programme Considering the number of people who use the ocean on a daily basis, the actual number of attacks by Great White Sharks is extremely low. People are not the natural prey of the Great White Sharks. Everyone entering the ocean should do so at their own discretion, knowing that they are entering a wild environment in which sharks naturally live. We are entering their territory; they are not coming into ours. Shark Safety Tips If people exercise caution and are aware of their environment, the risk of an attack can be lowered further. Here are some tips in reducing the risk of attack: - Do not swim, surf or surf ski when birds, dolphins or seals are feeding nearby. - Do not swim in deep water beyond the breakers. - Do not swim if you are bleeding. - Do not swim near river mouths. - [...]

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Cape Fur Seals at Seal Island

By | February 24th, 2015|Interesting Articles|

Cape Fur Seals at Dawn  Cape Fur Seals at Seal Island Cape Fur Seals are intensely curious animals, using their large, well developed eyes and sensitive mouths to investigate virtually everything in their environment.  But when White Sharks are about, such curiosity is abandoned and all eyes search anxiously beneath the surface. Seal Islandis populated by approximately 60 000 Cape Fur Seals. Adult male Cape Fur Seals are up to 2.7 meters in length and 350 kilograms in mass. They usually mature at about 3 years, but generally do not become large and powerful enough to defend breeding territories until around 10 to 14 years of age. Experienced bulls often attempt to reclaim the same breeding territories they held the previous year. Adult females are less than 2 meters and 100 kilograms in mass. Females mature at 2 to 3 years of age. In late October, the adult [...]

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What is chumming?

By | February 24th, 2015|Interesting Articles|

Seal Island forms a natural chumline for the Great White Sharks in False Bay Chumming is a type of scent trail that that attracts fish, sharks, etc, to an area, or boat. It may be man made or natural. An example of a natural scent trail is a seal colony, bird colony, a dead whale or seal carcass even dead birds. An example of a man made scent trail would be for an example, fisherman using mashed up anchovies/pilchards with marine oil and salt water to attract fish and or small shark species to the boat in order to catch them. Another chum would be small cut pieces of sardines dropped off the boat to get shoaling fish like yellowtail or tuna up to the surface to make catching them more successful. The chum may vary depending on what type of fish the fisherman wants to attract. Another [...]

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Seal Island, False Bay, South Africa

By | February 24th, 2015|Interesting Articles|

Geography of Seal Island, False Bay   Seal Island, False Bay is a small, elongate rocky islet with its long axis oriented roughly north-south, measuring approximately 400 by 50 metres, and with a maximum elevation of about 7 metres above the high tide line. The island has a narrow western shelf, with the water depth dropping off to a depth of 20 metres within 5 metres of shore, and a broad eastern shelf, where the water does not drop off to comparable depths until about 20 metres from shore. Off the southern tip of the island is a small, craggy outcrop, the portion which protrudes above the surface at high tide is approximately 4 metres long and 2 meters tall. Water temperature off Seal Island varies little throughout the year, hovering between 13 and 14°C at the surface and a degree or so cooler at the bottom where the depth [...]

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Rob Lawrence

By | February 24th, 2015|Interesting Articles|

Facts about Rob Lawrence and African Shark Eco-Charters African Shark Eco–Charters is the leading great white shark viewing and diving company in False Bay South Africa. African Shark Eco-Charters is owned by Rob Lawrence. Rob has been working with sharks on a daily basis since 1989 and has specialized in leading and operating shark expeditions and trips since 1996. African Shark Eco-Charters was the first successful Great White Shark eco-tourism operation at Seal Island in False Bay, South Africa. Rob is one of the most experienced field persons involved in all areas of the Great White Shark cage diving and viewing industry in South Africa, having been present and actively involved since the inception of the industry and the first successfully run shark cage diving operation. Rob’s family history in False Bay goes back several generations. He has a long history dating back to 1989 when he started out as [...]

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A Description of the Great White Shark behaviour at Seal Island

By | February 24th, 2015|Interesting Articles|

"Polaris Attack" by a Great White Shark   (Partial Predatory Ethogram of the Great White Sharks at Seal Island) Great White Shark ‘Polaris Attack’ – the attacking shark performs a swift, vertical rush; often leaping partially or completely out of the water, with or without a seal in its mouth. If a seal is in the shark’s mouth, it typically shakes its head violently from side-to-side, possibly facilitating death or severe injury via neck trauma caused by the ‘Lateral Head Shake’. This is typically devastating, usually killing or incapacitating the seal in the initial strike. Those seals which are wounded but not killed in this strike typically bear slashing wounds on the posterior abdomen (probably inflicted by the attacking shark’s lower anterior teeth, which form the first point of contact between predator and prey), usually located on the rearmost quarter of the body. Great White Shark ‘Surface [...]

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Great White Shark Breaching

By | February 24th, 2015|Interesting Articles|

"Flying" Great Whites of False Bay Great White Sharks breaching!? Don’t you mean whales breaching? Nope it’s true, and you have to see it with your eyes to believe that Great White Sharks can "fly". False Bay, Cape Town is home to the “flying” Great White Sharks. This is a term used for the Great White Sharks' unique ability to breach out of the water. This behaviour can be seen nowhere else on earth on such a regular basis. This unique hunting behaviour has become world renowned and put False Bay on the map for any shark lover. The breaching behaviour is seen mainly when hunting seals. The Great White Shark comes from the deep sea, aims it sights at its prey and then, like a torpedo, it propels itself out the water, at the seal. The seal literally has no idea what has hit it. Then, with [...]

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The Boat

By | February 24th, 2015|Interesting Articles|

Our boat, "Blue Pointer 2" The Blue Pointer 2 is a custom designed 2006 36ft GECAT marine catamaran. The boat is spacious and is a very good platform to photograph breaching and hunting behaviour. The vessel has a walk around cabin as well as a large viewing deck which provides an alternate angle for filming from a raised vantage point. Being a catamaran, the boat is very stable once on anchor during diving operations. The vessel has an onboard toilet and a separate change room. We take a maximum of 12 guests per trip. This makes for a very enjoyable trip as the boat is not overcrowded. The boat is powered by two new 2012 4-stroke 300Hp Suzuki outboard motors, which offers more speed, more acceleration and all-round better performance. The main reason African Shark Eco-Charters uses these outboard motors is due to the eco friendly nature of [...]

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Great White Shark Quick Facts

By | February 24th, 2015|Interesting Articles|

Great White Sharks of False Bay, South Africa Common names: Great White Shark, Great White, White Shark, White Pointer. Family: Lamnidae Scientific name: Carcharodon carcharias Size: Great White Sharks can reach up to 6.1 m in length and weigh up to 1.9 tons. The males reach sexual maturit between 3.5 and 4.1 m, and the females at a much larger size of 4 and 5 m. Coloration: The dorsal surface ranges from dark grey to light brown, while the underside is white. Range/Distribution: The Great White Shark is one of the most widely distributed of all sharks and has been sighted in almost every region of the globe from cold seas to the tropics, and from coastal to oceanic seas. They are mainly found between the latitudes of 60° North and 60° South, in waters ranging in temperature between 14° C and 24° C. The highest concentrations [...]

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