The Boat

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 [...]

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Great White Shark Quick Facts

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 [...]

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Great White Sharks

Breaching Great White Sharks of False Bay, South Africa The Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias) is the shark of all sharks. It is beautifully streamlined to slip through the water with minimum effort. Its enormous size, powerful jaws that can extend almost like an outreaching hand, rows of large triangular teeth, and jet-black eyes make it one of the most feared creatures on the planet. It is the ultimate super predator. Great White Sharks seem to be strongly visual predators and are the only fish known to spy-hop; lifting their heads out of the water, apparently to look [...]

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Predation of the Great White Shark

Natural predation by Great White Sharks on Cape Fur Seals Predation of the Great White Shark Predation is one of the most fundamental interactions in nature and one of the most fascinating interactions to observe, but predation is rarely observed in the wild. Seal Island, in False Bay, South Africa, provides unique opportunities to observe natural predation by Great White Sharks on Cape Fur Seals and to observe social interactions among both species. Methods used in the study of the Great White Sharks and Cape Fur Seals As part of a larger study instigated by Rob Lawrence of [...]

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“Shark Cage Diving Special” for the Argus Cycle Tour

Great White Shark approaching the guests in the cage If you or your family are planning on coming down to Cape Town to do the Argus Cycle Tour, why not do a shark cage diving trip? We run our trips from Simonstown, only 40 minutes from Cape Town, so there is no need to travel 2.5 hrs to see Great White Sharks. Shark Cage diving is fun, it’s safe and you are getting up close and personal with the oceans super predator, the magnificent Great White Shark. We operate small groups only, (maximum 12). No dive experience necessary! [...]

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Interesting Great White Shark Facts

Great White Shark displaying the unique ability of breaching out of the water There are roughly 400 shark species that exist, but only four present an innate danger to human beings. They are: Great White Sharks, Tiger Sharks, Bull Sharks, and the Hammerhead Sharks.   Sharks have long been maligned by humankind as some kind of ‘man-eating monster’ of the ocean. These inaccurate perceptions have been fueled by far-fetched Hollywood movies that have created a largely uneducated outlook of these magnificent creatures. Many shark species do pose potential danger to humans, however, it must be acknowledged that sharks [...]

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Best places to see Great White Sharks

Seal Island in False Bay, South Africa is the best place to see the breaching Great White Shark 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. Research has shown that Great White Sharks do not remain long in any particular place, and instead will only [...]

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AIRJAWS

The "flying" Great Whites of False Bay - as seen on Airjaws 1 & 2 Airjaws 1 and 2 is the most successful shark show ever made by Discovery Channel, and it concentrates on the “flying” great white sharks of Seal Island, False Bay, South Africa. The boat it was filmed on was the ‘Blue Pointer”, operated by Rob Lawrence of African Shark Eco-Charters. According to Rodney Fox, Peter Benchley and Rocky Strong, as well as the whole National Geographic film crew who were out with us in 1999, they believe it to be the best place on the [...]

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Anti-Predatory Strategies of Cape Fur Seals at Seal Island

Great Whites often sport numerous scratches on their heads, most likely caused by seals defending themselves during predatory events. From direct observation and data collected, Cape Fur Seals apparently reduce their vulnerability to Great White Sharks by: taking advantage of the expanded vigilance of entire groups. Sub-surface vigilance while rafting is accomplished via assuming a head-down posture, with only the tail and the tip of the rear flippers showing above the surface. leaving Seal Island as co-ordinated groups of 8 to 12 animals. Multiple groups – ranging from 2 to as many as 5 - leave the island [...]

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Predatory strategies of Great White Sharks at Seal Island

Great Whites will often target lone Cape Fur Seals during predatory events. From direct observation and data collected, hunting White Sharks apparently: stalk surface-swimming Cape Fur Seals from near the bottom, probably relying on camouflage afforded by the murky water and the dark, rocky bottom against which their dark dorsal surfaces render the predators all but or wholly invisible. Direct observation indicated that Great White Sharks at Seal Island were very difficult or impossible to detect visually below a depth of about 2.5 metres, and that all recorded attacks took place in water at least 6 metres deep. [...]

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