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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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Spotlight on the endangered Silky and Thresher sharks

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

Spotlight on the endangered Silky and Thresher sharks at CITES 2016 Since its inception in 1980, September World Tourism Month has been a time to bring major issues facing the global tourism industry to the foreground. There are a great number of national and international conferences and meetings taking place worldwide this month including The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora or CITES, as it is more commonly known. This year’s convention is of interest to African Shark Eco-Charters because they are placing spotlight on the Silky Shark and the Thresher shark, two species of shark under threat of extinction. This year’s convention is set to take place at the Sandton Convention Centre ‎in Johannesburg from the 24th of September to the 5th of October. CITES resulted from intergovernmental agreements to ensure that the billion dollar international trade of various species of animal and plant [...]

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Let’s Talk About It…The Basking Shark

By | September 6th, 2016|Tour Happening's|

Let’s Talk About It…The Basking Shark I so enjoyed talking about the biggest Great White Shark, Deep Blue, ever captured on film, that I decided to go find other massive sharks. Sure not Great Whites, but you would be interested to know, that the Whale Shark, is not the only huge shark about! And the Basking Shark certainly has a big mouth about it! No, I literally mean a big mouth; their mouths measure up to 3 plus feet across! A mouth that has been perfectly adapted to filter feeding, like those of the other two plankton eating sharks, the whale and megamouth sharks, another big mouth. The Basking Shark swims with its mouth open, (remember when we were told to close ours, ‘cos we would catch flies) well, this shark catches plankton and other small organisms on bristles that are to be found on the massive gill slits, which [...]

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Top 10 things to do in Simons Town if your shark cage diving trip gets cancelled..continued

By | August 26th, 2016|Tour Happening's|

So we’ve cancelled your shark cage diving trip-what now? You made your online booking weeks ago, told everyone including your nosey co-worker of your upcoming Afri-venture, got on a long car or plane ride to Cape Town, and the day of your cage dive is finally here! Except -we just cancelled the trip cause of rough sea conditions or bad weather and what’s worse-you are already on your way to Simons Town! What to do now? In the last blog we offered 5 of 10 things to do when in Simons Town, here are the other 5… KAYAK OR CANOE Kayaking is one of the more simple water activities available in Simons Town. The trip starts off at the waterfront, past the Naval Harbour and out to Boulder's Beach to see the penguins. On some days the rough seas conditions are closer to Seal Island than they are to the [...]

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So we’ve cancelled your shark cage diving trip-what now?

By | August 16th, 2016|Tour Happening's|

Top 10 things to do in Simons Town if your shark cage diving trip gets cancelled You made your online booking weeks ago, told everyone including your nosey co-worker of your upcoming Afri-venture, got on a long car or plane ride to Cape Town, and the day of your cage dive is finally here! Except -we just cancelled the trip cause of rough sea conditions or bad weather and what’s worse-you are already on your way to Simons Town! What to do now? While it is a quaint seaside village at the tail end of the southern cape peninsula, Simons Town has its fair share of activities on offer sure to help you recover from the day’s disappointment. Here are the first 5 things to do when in Simons Town EAT There is a high likelihood you rushed through your morning to not miss your shot at seeing the sharks [...]

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Lets talk about the shark “DEEP BLUE”

By | August 12th, 2016|Tour Happening's|

Let’s Talk About Deep Blue, the biggest Great White Shark captured on camera   In the “shark community” as it were, the name “Deep Blue” is spoken in equal measures of excitement and awe! And when you understand that she is the biggest Great White Shark ever caught on film, measuring over 23 feet in length (7+ meters) with a girth just as impressive, you too will gasp in amazement, if you haven’t already! There have been other sharks also filmed of great size, but nothing quite as big as Deep Blue. She has, as of yet, only been filmed off the coast of Guadalupe Island, Mexico. That is not to say this is the only area she inhabits, as the little we do know about Great Whites, includes knowing that they migrate huge distances, and can certainly move between the waters of Australia’s West coast and South Africa’s False Bay. [...]

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White shark population in South Africa more vulnerable than previously thought

By | August 12th, 2016|Tour Happening's|

White shark population in South Africa more vulnerable than previously thought Sources- Eye Witness News and The Business Standard A six year University of Stellenbosch study has found that the white shark population in South Africa continues to decline despite conservation efforts. The story which was published by ewn.co.za last month says, “The latest study on great white sharks in South Africa has revealed about two-thirds of the population has been wiped out. Humans are the main culprits, thanks to shark nets, baited hooks, poaching and pollution. Of the remaining sharks, there is a drastically declining genetic variation among the population.” The study, which is the first of its kind, is headed by Dr Sara Adreaotti who reveals that the species is facing extinction at a greater rapidity that previously thought and it may already be too late to do anything to safeguard their survival. Published in the journal Marine [...]

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The shark-iest reason you will want to visit Cape Town in winter

By | August 12th, 2016|Tour Happening's|

The shark-iest reason you will want to visit Cape Town in winter   According to South African tourism statistics, if you are reading this you are possibly doing so from North America, Europe, Australia, India, China or Namibia and that getting out to sea, one way or the other, is on your list of things to do while on vacation in Cape Town.   Locals will tell you that there is always something to do here and they’re not wrong yet despite this, visitor numbers take a hard dive in winter. It seems even the Mother City is not immune to seasonality.   The city has been working tirelessly over the years to change the perception that Cape Town is only a summer vacation destination among regional and international visitors alike.   Here’s a fun fact, the best time to view and dive with sharks in South Africa is in [...]

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Let’s Talk About It…The dwindling number of Great White Sharks

By | July 27th, 2016|Tour Happening's|

Let’s Talk About It…The dwindling number of Great White Sharks I have taken the liberty of using Scott Dunlop’s notes to bring this incredibly sad and shocking truth to you all today, and hope you will please read it and stand together with us in improving these frightful numbers. Thank you to Scott Dunlop for this information and for bringing it to our attention, it is now our duty to take it to the world!   South Africa’s great white sharks heading for extinction Only 353 to 522 great white sharks left in South African waters   The magnificent great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias L.) is one of the oldest shark lineages with an evolutionary origin dating back about 14 million years. New research from Stellenbosch University (SU) shows that the South African white shark population is in double jeopardy. Not only do these sharks have the lowest genetic diversity [...]

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