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Let’s Talk About It – The Seven-Gill Cow Shark

By | September 6th, 2017|Tour Happening's|

Let’s Talk About It – The Seven-Gill Cow Shark I decided to talk about the Sevengill Cow Shark this week, because against all that is “normal” we have been visited by these pre-historic looking, gentle sharks at Seal Island lately in the absence of our glorious Great Whites. Not to say that it hasn’t been wonderful, it’s just been different, as Cow Sharks tend to spend most of their time in deeper waters and kelp forests, only coming into shallower waters, it is believed, to breed.      This is a cow shark...............................That is not a cow shark                                              They make me think of the sock hand puppets we used to make as children, and though they are wild “animals” and need to be treated with respect, they are about as dangerous. They are called the “pre-historic” shark as a result [...]

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Let’s Talk About It…The Pacific Sleep Shark

By | May 29th, 2017|Interesting Articles, Tour Happening's|

Let’s Talk About It…The Pacific Sleep Shark The Pacific Sleeper Shark is of the Somniosidae family of shark, which include the giant Greenland Shark. Commonly called “Sleeper Sharks” due to their slow swimming and non-aggressive natures, these sharks have a familiarly look. The Pacific Sleeper Shark is the smallest of the family group, reaching an average size of 3.5 meters (12 feet) while it’s other family members can and do grown well beyond that 7 meters (23 feet) in length! They boast a rounded snout and grey-black skin which is rough to the touch, they have an almost torpedo shape body with low dorsal fins. Being deep swimmers, not much is known about these interesting sharks. It has been recorded though that they enjoy a diet of pacific octopus, sole, Pollock, flounder, tuna and teleost fish. This slow moving shark’s diet is generally determined on where it may find itself [...]

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Let’s Talk About Shark Cage Diving with ASEC

By | February 17th, 2017|Tour Happening's|

Let’s Talk About Shark Cage Diving with ASEC BE A PART OF THE GREAT WHITE SHARK “ULTIMATE AIRJAWS” EXPERIENCE AND JOIN US ON ONE OF OUR COMBINATION TRIPS OUT OF FALSE BAY – SIMONS TOWN Book the ultimate in adventure experiences with a combination Great White Shark breaching, viewing and cage dive trip out of Simons Town, which is a mere 45 mins drive from the centre of Cape Town. Take the Great White Shark cage dive to another level with scuba, no experience necessary as we make use of the Hookah method, but a rudimentary understanding and swimming ability is a must. We pride ourselves in our eco-friendly approach and passion of the Great Whites and their natural predatory behaviour. Our trips offer insights into this wonderful world of the Great White Shark, from both the boat and cage, with a wealth of knowledge to be shared, from our [...]

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Natural predations witnessed while shark cage diving

By | January 13th, 2017|Tour Happening's|

Natural predations witnessed while shark cage diving On many of our shark cage diving trips, we get to witness the rare and phenomenal natural predation events that Seal Island, False Bay has to offer. 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. Breaching is one of the hunting techniques that great white sharks use to surprise and kill its prey. They  surface with such force and explosive energy that it propels the shark right out of the water. The great white shark will try and catch the young smaller inexperienced seals. Not every breach leads to a successful kill. If the great [...]

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Let’s Talk About It…The Spotted Ragged Tooth

By | December 1st, 2016|Tour Happening's|

Let’s Talk About It…The Spotted Ragged Tooth Spotted Ragged Tooth Shark, the name alone creates a vision of some scary teeth, while Grey Nurse Shark, seems to send thoughts completely in the opposite direction, and Sand Tiger Shark, is kind of just in the middle there, and yet, all of these names belong to one shark! One shark that is found from Australia to the US and False Bay to Durban! The Spotted Ragged Tooth enjoys the temperate to tropical coastal waters of the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans. In South Africa, they really love the Eastern and Southern coasts. These beautiful sharks, grow to approximately 3.3 meters in length, with a rather wide girth and small dorsal fin, it’s pretty easy to distinguish. Besides, it has spots! The shark is a beautiful beige, almost golden colour with darker brown spots along its torso, and as with other sharks, it [...]

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Let’s Talk About It…Dusky Shark

By | October 20th, 2016|Tour Happening's|

Let’s Talk About It…Dusky Shark Found in False Bay, amongst other temperate watered areas around the world, is The Dusky Shark. A requiem shark, juvenile Dusky’s prefer shallow waters along the coast, while the adult Dusky can be found in deeper open seas; in depths of as much as 1300 feet or 400 meters! Ask someone to draw a shark, if they have a little talent and don’t draw you a Great White or Hammerhead, I am pretty sure the drawing they will present to you, will look very much like the Dusky Shark. This shark is fished for its fins, meat and oil, and though it has been taken off the endangered list in America, it remains on the vulnerable species list, and we should keep a very close eye on it, so that we don’t totally eradicate this beautiful creature! A fully grown Dusky Shark can reach up [...]

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Part 2. Summing up the surprises of the 2016 white shark season, Seal Island, False Bay

By | October 11th, 2016|Tour Happening's|

Part 2. Summing up the surprises of the 2016 white shark season, Seal Island, False Bay   Successfully snatched our decoy and gaping at it in the flawless water conditions   Further, seeing some of our favourite sharks returning to the boat over consecutive days, a special mention (and thanks) to some of the stars this year: “Zebra,” “Dodgey L,” “Prop,” “Jika,” “Patches,” “Captain MF Hook” “Stumpy Freddy,” “The one with the bent dorsal (Orca/Nemo)” and a few OCEARCH tagged sharks, including “Vindication” and “Maureen.” Of course once we’ve named them, we get very emotionally attached. They become like a puppy dog, really cute but with rather sharp teeth, eating all your personal belongings. When naming and identifying individual white sharks, its usually from a distinguishing feature, scar or behaviour. However, it is incredible to see how much their behaviours’ vary, not only between the different individuals, but even for [...]

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Summing up the surprises of the 2016 white shark season, Seal Island, False Bay

By | October 11th, 2016|Tour Happening's|

Summing up the surprises of the 2016 white shark season, Seal Island, False Bay Leigh de Necker   White sharks typically visit False Bay’s Seal Island to take advantage of vulnerable young of the year Cape fur seal pups when they start entering the water to feed. This is generally between March and September, however, this season showed a number of deviations from the expected norms. We took a trip to the Island towards the end of January and before we even had any bait in the water, we had seen a shark. We were beyond excited by the chance of having an early start to the season. This was the first of many unexpected surprises the season had to offer. For February and March, we had amazing shark activity around our boat, seeing an average of 4 sharks a day and still enjoying the late summer, early autumn warm [...]

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Up Close and Almost Too Personal with the Great White Sharks of False Bay

By | October 11th, 2016|Tour Happening's|

  Up Close and Almost Too Personal with the Great White Sharks of False Bay with African Shark Eco Charters By Paul Danckwerts How do you write about a great white shark, it’s immense never ending silvery flanks catching the light as it scythes through the bubbly gloom six inches in front of your face? With difficulty. Just to see one of these behemoths is a privilege and an emotional one at that for anybody who knows anything about these misunderstood monsters of the deep. The Blue Pointer 2, a 36-foot vessel that sports two 300hp engines on the aft, sits comfortably at its berth in Simonstown on Africa’s Cape Peninsula. It’s a custom vessel built for shark cage diving. With an upper deck for the non-divers, an on-board toilet and a cabin there’s plenty of room to move around in. It is captained by Rob Lawrence, one of the [...]

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A Wrap of Our Season

By | September 28th, 2016|Tour Happening's|

Well, this has been my first season working with African Shark Eco-Charters and definitely not my last. Not only has my entire perseption on Great White Sharks changed since iv started working with them, but iv also grown a love for the amazing animals which at one stage didnt think was possible. Staying this, If you are one of those people (like i was) which didn't really know the facts about Great White Sharks or their behavior I highly recommend you booking a trip with us - You will be amazed! This year was a strange year for us - To all of our amazement we were off to an early start! We had our first Great White Shark greet us in February and we thought "its game-on from here!" Unfortunately, this was not the case. The sharks seem to disappear shortly into the beginning of March, which left us [...]

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