End of my Shark Season

End of the season Far too soon it seems my season with African Shark Eco Charters has come to an end. How the months have flown by so fast I have no idea, but what a time its been! I am so lucky to have shared it with a huge number of people from around the world on a daily basis! The guests we’ve had on board have been so much fun, all incredibly varied –different cultures, languages and ages (from 8 to 80!), but almost without exception each and everyone has gone away with a new respect (or a [...]

By |2018-11-23T08:05:32+00:00September 25th, 2014|Categories: Tour Happening's|Comments Off on End of my Shark Season

Heading towards the end of shark season

Heading towards the end of shark season Due to a bad weather front passing through False Bay, African Shark Eco Charters was unable to go to sea 3 days running, so our trip on Friday was a complete lottery. As we are heading towards the end of the season the shark behaviour becomes more and more unpredictable, so we had no idea what to expect from our morning.   Thanks to our guests arriving nice and early at the jetty, approaching Seal Island in the dawn allowed us a great start to the day with several great predation activities. I [...]

By |2018-11-23T08:05:46+00:00September 18th, 2014|Categories: Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Heading towards the end of shark season

2 Sept was a fantastic day at sea…..

For most marine life a red toxic algae bloom is very bad news, but for African Shark Eco Charters it has been fantastic! The sudden algae bloom due to an increase in sunlight (it’s now officially spring in False Bay!) while high concentrations of nutrients exist, takes most of the oxygen out of the water, and means fish and crustaceans cannot survive in this harsh environment. The ones that can, will move away, but as we drove around the island on Monday the presence of many floating crustaceans proved that this is not possible for all life. Red tides are [...]

By |2018-11-23T08:06:12+00:00September 8th, 2014|Categories: Tour Happening's|Comments Off on 2 Sept was a fantastic day at sea…..

Great White Shark “Propguard” back at the island

August 9th With the arrival of Propguard back at the island, and two fantastic breaches on our decoy, the smiles have been returned to African Shark Eco Charters faces. Although activity is still not quite at the level we would expect at this time of the year, it’s definitely an improvement. Most of this week’s cage diving has been a bit of in-and-out of the cage, but nearly everyone who wanted to see from the cage managed to (with a bit of perseverance!). It is also really nice that most people on the boat have been in good spirits about [...]

By |2018-11-23T08:07:17+00:00August 21st, 2014|Categories: Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Great White Shark “Propguard” back at the island

Peak Season shark activity drops

August 1st This has been a big learning curve of a week for African Shark Eco Charters. The great white sharks in the bay seem to have dropped in huge numbers, right in the middle of the peak season. This behaviour is totally unexpected, unprecedented and unwelcome for both us and our guests. Many ideas to explain the massive change in behaviour have been batted around, but the underlying reality is that we probably will never know why. I’m told by people who have spent many years on the water in the bay, that activity in False Bay has been [...]

By |2018-11-23T08:07:32+00:00August 7th, 2014|Categories: Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Peak Season shark activity drops

Sharks we have had with African Shark Eco-charters

 Sharks with African Shark Eco-Charters So today I'm going to do a bit of a recap on the sharks we have had grace us with their majestic appearances around the boat time and time again. So far this season we have been blessed with plenty different great white sharks with quite a few players that we have had the privilege of naming. We have seen two familiar great whites who have been coming back to seal island repeatedly for a few years now. One being Deux Rossi who has been repeatedly coming back to seal island for 7 [...]

By |2018-11-23T08:07:48+00:00July 24th, 2014|Categories: Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Sharks we have had with African Shark Eco-charters

A busy week for African Shark Eco-Charters

It’s been a very busy week for African Shark Eco Charters!   Finally some good weather has arrived in False Bay and we have been out to sea twice every day with a full boat. Shark activity around the cage has been fantastic, very high numbers of sharks are now in the area. On each trip on average we seem to be getting about 10 different sharks around the boat - on Wednesday afternoon at one point we had 4 at the same time! This is highly unusual as these sharks have a very strong hierarchal arrangement, with the smaller [...]

By |2016-12-29T15:17:51+00:00July 4th, 2014|Categories: Tour Happening's|Comments Off on A busy week for African Shark Eco-Charters

Great White Shark Predation’s “all round”

Great White Shark Predation's all round   So, on Sunday ‎the 29th of June, myself and the rest of the crew here at African Shark Eco Charters set out to Seal Island here in False Bay South Africa to find ourselves some Great White Sharks. We got out to the Island around 7:20am and as we arrived we were greeted with an amazing natural predation. Birds where flying everywhere hoping to get some scraps and lucky for them they managed to get some. The predation went on for ages with the Cape Fur Seal jumping franticly, trying to evade the [...]

By |2018-11-23T08:08:01+00:00July 3rd, 2014|Categories: Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Great White Shark Predation’s “all round”

Our new shark cage

Our new shark cage We at African Shark Eco-Charters have been dodging a lot of bad weather recently, which in high season has been especially hard on the girls in the office. Sadly we have had to say goodbye to a fantastic employee and friend, in the form of Tamsyn who has been working at African Shark Eco-Charters for 4 years. She has an exciting time ahead as she is leaving us to go to China, but we will all be very sad to see her go. However, we wish her the best of luck and I especially thank her [...]

By |2018-11-23T08:08:57+00:00June 25th, 2014|Categories: Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Our new shark cage

Another great Great White Shark…

10th June A bout of very bad weather, combined with boat maintenance meant the last week has been very low in terms of hours at sea. Thankfully though our trips today gave me a big dose of apex predator medicine making the world seem right again! With the whole crew itching to get out on the water, the morning’s trip started with relative ease. The sun now rises quite late at around 7.30am over the mountains behind Seal Island, (I know, I know – ‘quite late’ might make you laugh, but when you get up at 5.15am, 7.30 does seem [...]

By |2018-11-23T08:09:13+00:00June 12th, 2014|Categories: Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Another great Great White Shark…