Bull Shark Facts

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 [...]

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Boulders Penguin Colony

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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Shark Awareness

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 [...]

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Cape Fur Seals at Seal Island

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 [...]

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What is chumming?

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 [...]

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Seal Island, False Bay, South Africa

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, [...]

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Rob Lawrence

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 [...]

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A Description of the Great White Shark behaviour at Seal Island

"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 [...]

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Great White Shark Breaching

"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. [...]

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