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Lets talk about the Dogfish Shark

By | April 8th, 2016|Tour Happening's|

Let’s talk about the Dogfish Shark… It’s an underwater dog…no it isn’t… Despite the name and silly picture; (not real), this shark looks nothing like a dog, well not any regular dogs I know anyway!   The dogfish shark is believed to be the most prolific shark is existences today, strange that, seeing as I bet very few people even know this shark exists, despite it having many different names like, piked dogfish, skittledog, codshark, spotted dogfish throndog and white spotted dogfish. Why the name spiny dogfish shark, is anyone’s guess, other than the dorsal fin that has spines, there is nothing “doggish” about this shark. I guess their social behaviour and hunting methods could have been a contributing factor, as they hunt in packs, like dogs. This little fella’ is representative of many different species within this family, including the massive Greenland Shark and the cute Cookie-Cutter Shark. “Spiny” [...]

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Let’s Talk About The Great White Shark…part one

By | March 14th, 2016|Tour Happening's|

Let’s Talk About The Great White Shark…part one I know so much has already been said about the Great White Shark and yet not enough is known! I want to talk a little about the myths surrounding them in this blog, if you will indulge me? Most people think of movies of the likes of Jaws and Open Water, when they hear the word “shark” or even worse “Great White Shark”, but these are unfair portrayals of these magnificent and little known animals! The bloodthirsty image as shown in these movies, are the overactive imaginings of the directors in order to up ratings! Though these are the apex predators of the ocean, Great White Shark attacks are rare, even when humans swim in close proximity with them! Fascinatingly enough, the Great White Shark is not entirely white in colour, but grey, blue and even brown, to better melt into the [...]

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My Shark Cage Dive Adventure…Part two

By | March 14th, 2016|Tour Happening's|

My Shark Cage Dive Adventure…Part two We were joined on the top look out deck by a young lady and her aunt, whom we later found out, was the “fun” aunt the one that went along on all the 16 year olds adrenaline fuelled adventures! My hubby was telling anyone who would listen that he was “the king of the world” while holding onto the safety rails with a firm grip. The trip to Seal Island took us about 30 uneventful minutes, which when in the middle of the ocean, is the way you want it, uneventful. If given time to think about things logically, one would eventually come to the truth, that since this is a rock of approximately 5 acres in size, and home to between 65 and 75 thousand Cape Fur Seals there is going to be a rather rank smell that will emanate from said rock! [...]

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My Shark Cage Dive Adventure…Part one

By | March 14th, 2016|Tour Happening's|

My Shark Cage Dive Adventure…Part one It was all very last minute, by 17h00 the day before we took the two last available spots on the boat! This was an unexpected and pleasant surprise, with the fact that there is very seldom space available so close to a dive, but there had been a last minute cancellation. The excitement was pliable; my husband was like a little boy on Christmas Eve! He went on a shopping spree, gearing himself up to “look the part” with shark t-shirts, motion sickness tablets and underwater cameras! He wanted to set the alarm for 04h00 in the morning, when we only had to be at the pier at “06h40 sharp”, keeping in mind, we live all of 15 mins WALK from the pier! “We can’t be late, we can’t miss the boat!” Was his reasoning, so I humoured him, as wives do. Every hour [...]

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Our Seas are alive with sharks

By | March 9th, 2016|Tour Happening's|

Our Seas Are Alive with Sharks! The past few days the Great White Shark activity around Seal Island, False Bay has been steadily increasing as we approach our high-season (April-September). We have had up to 6 different Great White Sharks around our boat in one single morning, hanging around long enough to give our guests the best viewing opportunity possible! Our experienced skipper, Rob Laurence decided to tow our Shark Decoy on our way back to Simonstown Harbour, after an excellent day of Shark Sightings and to all of our surprise we had a Great White Shark Surface Breach right behind our boat! So early in the season and already such good activity around Seal Island - Could this be a result of current El Nino cycle we experiencing!? Now lets not forget about the massive pods of Common Dolphins which have been around almost every trip, which by the [...]

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Allow me to introduce you to the Zebra Bullhead Shark…

By | February 10th, 2016|Tour Happening's|

Allow me to introduce you to the Zebra Bullhead Shark… I thought in keeping with the last introduction; “The Crested Bullhead Shark” (please hyperlink my previous blog) I would introduce another in the bullhead shark family, the Zebra Bullhead Shark. This little fella is a common, but not too well known member of the eight living species of this family. He too is a small, not typical shark looking fella with an ungainly body that appears to wiggle as opposed to swim, in the shallow waters of the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans as well as East Asia (+/- 50 meters), and the deep waters of Australia (+.- 150 to 200 meters). He may have an odd shape and the same piggish nose and small mouth as the rest of his relatives, but he boasts some of the most beautiful markings of any shark. Called the zebra of the sea [...]

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Common Dolphins and Great White Sharks

By | February 10th, 2016|Tour Happening's|

Common Dolphins and Great White Sharks on our False Bay, Seal Island trips. The past few trips to Seal Island have been nothing but spectacular! On our way to the Island this morning we were lucky enough to come across a pod of Common Dolphins, which appeared to be in a feeding frenzy not too far from the island itself. We just knew from then that it was going to be a day to remember! After the guests had finished taking pictures and enjoying the beauty of these incredible animals in their natural environment, we proceeded towards the north side of the island for some real action! Not long after dropping our anchor, we were greeted by a 2.5 meter Great White shark , the first one of the day but definitely not the last! With a blink of an eye, the first four enthusiastic guests were down in the [...]

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The Thresher Shark

By | February 9th, 2016|Tour Happening's|

The The Thresher Shark This incredible ‘little’ shark is quite extraordinary. What makes it unique is the evolution of its tail fin, into a killing machine. We are extremely blessed to have sighted one on one of our trips out with African Shark Eco-Charter’s this season. Following on from the last blog, False Bay offers an arrThe Thresher Shark This incredible ‘little’ shark is quite extraordinary. What makes it unique is the evolution of its tail fin, into a killing machine. We are extremely blessed to have sighted one on one of our trips out with African Shark Eco-Charter’s this season. Following on from the last blog, False Bay offers an array of shark life, and included in this list is the Thresher. This Shark is also known as the Fox Shark, obviously due to its over-sized tail fin (Caudal Fin), which actually usually grows up to the entire length [...]

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The Thresher Shark

By | November 27th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

The Thresher Shark This incredible ‘little’ shark is quite extraordinary. What makes it unique is the evolution of its tail fin, into a killing machine. We are extremely blessed to have sighted one on one of our trips out with African Shark Eco-Charter’s this season. Following on from the last blog, False Bay offers an array of shark life, and included in this list is the Thresher. This Shark is also known as the Fox Shark, obviously due to its over-sized tail fin (Caudal Fin), which actually usually grows up to the entire length of the Sharks body! Typically there are three types of Thresher Sharks: 1) Pelagic Thresher 2) Bigeye Thresher 3) Common Thresher However scientist are almost convinced there is a fourth species, yet this is still a mystery, as with most facts regarding sharks, and only time will tell if a fourth species is to be confirmed. [...]

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Sharks help Reduce Global Warning

By | November 6th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

Sharks help Reduce Global Warning Wishful thinking? No, not all according to Australian Scientists. Many sea creatures and sea turtles eat carbon-rich sea grasses, so when the sharks eat these creatures – they are not only getting an energy supply for themselves, but helping global warming too. Who said sharks cant multi-task! This just goes to show just how spectacular these creatures are, not that we didn’t already know this, but this is more confirmation how important sharks are to the environment and well-being of our planet. A study was conducted after a shark culling programme was carried out in Australia. The study showed that due to fewer sharks in the area, sea turtle numbers increased which meant that there was a whole lot more sea grass being eaten. The act of eating the sea grass releases carbon, which ends up accelerating climate change. So in essence, the more turtles [...]

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