White shark population in South Africa more vulnerable than previously thought

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 [...]

By | 2017-11-08T04:22:07+00:00 August 12th, 2016|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on White shark population in South Africa more vulnerable than previously thought

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

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 [...]

By | 2017-02-01T15:39:23+00:00 August 12th, 2016|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on The shark-iest reason you will want to visit Cape Town in winter

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

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 [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:45+00:00 July 27th, 2016|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Let’s Talk About It…The dwindling number of Great White Sharks

Are you team shark or team seal?

Great White Shark with seal decoy Are you team shark or team seal? What does that mean and what difference does it make? First one needs to understand why the division is suggested in the first place. While many sharks eat other sharks, a variety of fish and other marine life, the abundant seal pup population in areas around the world, False Bay included, have made seals the default meal. Over-fishing and fining of smaller sharks and other fish that the Great Whites prey on exacerbates the situation for the seals. Fun Fact: Did you know about 12,000 seal [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:45+00:00 July 27th, 2016|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Are you team shark or team seal?

Let’s Talk About it…What happens when the sharks don’t come to the party

Let’s Talk About it…What happens when the sharks don’t come to the party   One of the many things we here at African Shark Eco-Charters pride ourselves in, is our business ethic and customer service. As a result of this, even though we are not in control of nature, whether it’s sea and weather conditions, or the sharks activity on any given day, we have put safe guards in place to ensure that you, our valued guest, gets to experience the amazing Great White Shark in its natural environment. The first thing is; we will not take payment (unless it’s [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:45+00:00 July 14th, 2016|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Let’s Talk About it…What happens when the sharks don’t come to the party

The sharks are back in Town

With back to back morning and afternoon trips to Seal Island, it's safe to say our Great White Shark friends are back! On average we have been having 3-6 different Great White Sharks around our boat on a Dive Trip and even more number of predations in the am trips. It was great to see some return Great White Sharks from the previous seasons (which we've named individually according to distinct markings) and some new ones too. Today, Wednesday 13th July 2016 we were greeted by our biggest Great White Shark of the season, which was estimated to be around [...]

By | 2016-10-11T09:38:16+00:00 July 14th, 2016|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on The sharks are back in Town

Let’s talk about the Thresher Shark…

Let’s talk about the Thresher Shark…   I was told a story by one of our happy guests that joined us on a Shark Cage Dive, of an incident that occurred off some coast in the US, of a thresher shark, a story I will now pass onto you. A fisherman was hand lining tuna. (This means that a fishing rod was not used, but rather just the fishing gut, a lure and some serious fisherman, using speed and strength, with little regard of the damage this could inflict upon their hands. This is the chosen fishing method employed by [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:45+00:00 June 28th, 2016|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Let’s talk about the Thresher Shark…

The return of the Great White Sharks to False Bay

Let’s Talk About It…Their Return The return of the great white sharks to False Bay In False Bay, it’s been a very long and painful stretch; an 8 week and 6 day stretch to be exact. But now, and I say this with cautious optimism; “they are back!” Our sharks seem to have returned to our Island, bringing with them, a couple juveniles, 2 meter juveniles, that jump and hunt with inexperienced skill, and as yet a little on the cautious side, not too sure of our boats. But then there is the lovely lady; a 3.5 meter girl, with [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:45+00:00 June 15th, 2016|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on The return of the Great White Sharks to False Bay

A day in the life of a bookings coordinator

A day in the life of a bookings coordinator Ever wonder what happens behinds the scenes of your shark trip? Every booking and phone call made and question asked…yes, even those random requests for restaurant recommendations are responded to and coordinated by the bookings team here at African Shark Eco-Charters. Our job is to make sure you actually experience the shark cage dive and tour. Here is what an ordinary day looks like for us… 08:45AM- Open the shop for the day Right on the harbour at the Simons Town Waterfront Centre is where we’re based. Having undergone a revamped [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:45+00:00 May 19th, 2016|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on A day in the life of a bookings coordinator

Let’s Talk About The Cow Shark…

Let’s Talk About The Cow Shark… Yup, you heard me, I said cow shark! Of course this is not real! So, a cow shark hey? And yet there is nothing about this shark that is even closely cow related, no udders, no black and white markings, no “moo” sounds, nothing! In fact, the seven gill cow shark is so different from a cow that understanding why they have been given this name, could prove unsuccessful, but let’s see what we can find.The broad nosed seven gill cow shark is the only one in its family that enjoys the temperate coastal [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:45+00:00 May 17th, 2016|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Let’s Talk About The Cow Shark…