Let’s Talk About It…Pajama Shark

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 [...]

By | 2017-04-24T07:05:05+00:00 November 10th, 2016|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on Let’s Talk About It…Pajama Shark

Let’s Talk About It…Bronze Whaler Shark

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 [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:45+00:00 October 27th, 2016|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on Let’s Talk About It…Bronze Whaler Shark

Let’s Talk About It…Hound Shark

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 [...]

By | 2017-04-24T07:04:23+00:00 October 25th, 2016|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on Let’s Talk About It…Hound Shark

Our Great White Shark friends are back!

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 [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:45+00:00 July 27th, 2016|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on Our Great White Shark friends are back!

Sharks of False Bay

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 [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:46+00:00 November 15th, 2015|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on Sharks of False Bay

Unpredictable White Sharks this week

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 [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:46+00:00 October 16th, 2015|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on Unpredictable White Sharks this week

Shark Spotters in False Bay

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 [...]

By | 2017-01-05T06:53:07+00:00 October 16th, 2015|Interesting Articles, Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Shark Spotters in False Bay

Is Shark Cage Diving Safe?

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 [...]

By | 2017-01-05T06:46:18+00:00 February 24th, 2015|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on Is Shark Cage Diving Safe?

Common dolphins of False Bay

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 [...]

By | 2017-01-05T06:43:01+00:00 February 24th, 2015|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on Common dolphins of False Bay

Cape Point Nature Reserve

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 [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:49+00:00 February 24th, 2015|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on Cape Point Nature Reserve