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…

Lets talk about Shark Cage Diving now!

Let’s Talk Shark Cage Diving and Its Impact… I wanted to chat a little about Shark Cage Diving and the impact it has on the relationship between humans and the sharks association of food. It so happened that I was asked this very question the other day, as it seems there are still some folk who believe that Shark Cage Diving somehow is responsible for shark attacks. The argument for the debate makes mention of chumming to attract sharks, while people wait in a cage to see them. And this is really the only argument they present, but in fairness, [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:45+00:00 May 4th, 2016|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Lets talk about Shark Cage Diving now!

Let’s talk about the CookieCutter Shark

Let’s Talk About The CookieCutter Shark So this cute, and very odd looking little shark, is part of the dogfish family, similar in colour with no anal fin, the cookiecutter shark grows to between 40cm and 60cm in length. Some people refer to this shark as the cigar shark because of its “cigar-like” shape, but it’s cookiecutter name comes from the bite marks it leaves on / in its prey. Ever baked cookies? If you have, you’ll know they don’t just fall into those cute shapes, you use a cookie cutter. The cookiecutter shark’s bite leaves a round cookie cutter [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:45+00:00 April 22nd, 2016|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Let’s talk about the CookieCutter Shark

Let’s talk about Orca’s

Let’s talk about Orcas’… When I say “Orca”, what is the picture your mind conjures? If you are a little older, I am sure the movie “Free Willy” immediately jumps to mind! Big beautiful black and white whales…well actually the Orca, more commonly known as the “Killer Whale” is not a whale at all! The Orca is actually the largest member of the dolphin family, which you can kind of see it when you take a look and listen to them. As with dolphins, Orcas’ are very social creatures and swim the oceans of the world in pods of up [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:45+00:00 April 22nd, 2016|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Let’s talk about Orca’s