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Breaching Great White Sharks

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

Breaching Great White Breaching is a once in a lifetime, must see experience. It is just simply amazing to see a creature, King of the waters, if you will, leaping out of the ocean and gliding through the sky as it catches its prey. The energy and power needed to be able to launch out the water is just incredible. Breaching is the natural hunting method the Great White uses to catch prey. Breaching season in the False bay area starts in May and we are very lucky to be able to offer our AirJaws trip. The AirJaws trip not only allows surface viewing of the sharks and Breaching but also cage diving if you wish. Our AirJaws trip is an early morning trip as Breaching takes place mainly just before sunrise. We look forward to having you join us on this amazing experience

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Blessings with Orca’s In False Bay

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

The Orca! Killer Whale – Orcinus orca Over the last few years we have been blessed with Orca Pods arriving in False Bay, hunting dolphins and other larger marine fish and mammals. This fantastic spectacle has attracted the likes of photographers and wildlife lover’s world-wide. We were privileged enough to be able to view and follow them on one of our Shark Cage Diving trips this year, at African Shark Eco-Charters. What makes the Orca such an incredible creature is their unique adaption to its environment, and unbelievable intelligence, making them the finest predators in the Ocean. The Orca, or Killer Whale is actually the largest member of the Dolphin family. The Orcas are the most incredible and feared hunters of the deep, working together they seem to strategize, showing signs of extreme intelligence, while they force their prey into fatal situations. Orcas use echolocation, bouncing sounds off objects in [...]

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Passively Beautiful Basking Shark

By | October 23rd, 2015|Tour Happening's|

The Basking Shark – Passively beautiful! When one thinks of the word Shark, there is generally an air of gloom and fear that follows. Automatically we think of ‘Jaws’ and other such ridiculously over sensationalised movies and documentaries. What we forget, is that not all Sharks are Apex hunters, predators and killers. A look into the life of the non-aggressive shark may give us a greater understanding of the shark family as a whole, and perhaps curb our need to dread the magnificent creatures of the deep. So let us take a look at a shark that is known for its reflexive personality, the Basking Shark, and it’s hauntingly beautiful size and perfection. The Basking shark, is one of three plankton-eating sharks, and are completely harmless to humans, and actively non-aggressive. Even though this shark poses no threat to our population, we have been exploiting it for our own commercial [...]

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Shark Poem by African Shark Eco-Charters

By | October 16th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

Shark Poem by African Shark Eco-Charters 12th April Crazy shark day!! And a poem dedicated to all the ‘Mark the Sharks’ we have around Seal Island at the moment (for those who haven’t picked up on it yet, we seem to name many of the sharks around the boat Mark. We have Mark 1, Mark 2 and even Mark 3. Who knows where this will go..... and it all started from one little (Well actually quite big, about 3.5metres) white shark who turned up at the boat with a – yep youve guessed it – big scratch (or mark!) on his side. But first, this whole week has been a great build up of shark activity. Dare I say it, every trip has been near on perfect. We have had a brilliant mixture of great guests, and memorable shark activity. Since the few bad weather days in False Bay last [...]

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Shark Spotters in False Bay

By | October 16th, 2015|Interesting Articles, Tour Happening's|

Shark Spotters in False Bay – how they keep you and our sharks safe: The Flag System – what does it mean? Red Flag: High Alert! White Flag: Shark has been spotted! Black Flag: Spotting conditions are poor! Green Flag: Spotting conditions are good! Where and when can you find Shark Spotters on Duty? Permanent Beaches (365 days a year): Muizenberg: 8am – 6pm St James/Kalk Bay: 8am – 6pm Fish Hoek: 8am – 6pm (7am – 6.45pm in summer) The Hoek, Noordhoek: 8am – 6pm Caves, Kogel Bay: 8am – 6pm Temporary Beaches (Oct – April: Weekends, Public Holidays and School Holidays) Clovelly: 10.00am – 5pm Glencairn: 8am – 6pm  

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Great Whites and the Ecosystem

By | October 14th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

How Great White Sharks Play a Role in The Ecosystem The Great White Shark is the top predator throughout the world’s ocean. They became fearless top hunters through the evolution of supremely-adapted senses and physiology. They rely on their 6 senses to track and capture their prey. Their senses are: Hearing, Vision, Taste, Touch, Electro-Reception and smell. Of all of the Great White Sharks senses, smell is the most accurate sense of them all. They can smell one drop of blood in 100 litres of water! Being an apex predator the Great White has no natural enemies, except perhaps Orca’s. Apex predators have a vast effect on the population of their prey’s species. They keep the marine life under control and regulate our oceans. Take the Great White out of the equation and that causes an effect on the organisms lower in food chain. If the Great White became extinct, [...]

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First time shark cage diving ?

By | September 11th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

Today I thought it would be nice to explain a bit about a shark cage diving trip with African Shark Eco-Charters, since many of our guests have never been on such an experience, it would be nice to know what to expect. Sharks amaze people around the globe. Weather you have a passion or a fear of sharks, I think its one of those topics that we always want to know more about! A shark cage diving trip is something that you really need to experience to understand these wonderful creatures

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Red means DANGER

By | August 29th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

We’ve always associated colours with meaning; blue = cold, yellow = sunny and red = danger. So following that train of thought, the words “Red Tide” should set alarm bells ringing as a sign of something dangerous. Red Tide is a colloquialism for the out of control growth of harmful algal blooms, these are small, single cell plants that live in our oceans and freshwaters, which then produce toxic effects on fish, shellfish, marine mammals, and birds and have been known to cause illness in humans, if the contaminated fish / shell fish is consumed. These “blooms” will most often discolour the water tainting it red, reddish brown and sometimes orange, bringing us back to the common name; “Red Tide.” At night and with a florescent light, this phenomenon, can actually look quite beautiful. Though every coastal town / city has at some point in their history and more than once, [...]

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The Goblin Shark

By | August 26th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

The Goblin Shark…. This uniquely fascinating sea creature, in my books, is one of the rarest and most intriguing of all shark species yet to be found. This somewhat repulsive predator is probably the most unpleasant looking of all its known counter parts. However, that being said, further investigation into the life of the Goblin Shark, shows us that looks can ultimately be deceiving. When one first lays their eyes on the unsightly animal, our thoughts waver uncontrollably to prehistoric times and rightfully so. These frightfully looking animals are a rare species of deep sea shark (Mitsukurina owstoni), often called a ‘Living Fossil’. It is the only member of the family Mitsukurinidae, which is still around, 125 million years old lineage. Now that is impressive! The Physical appearance of the Goblin Shark is what intrigues me the most. It has a pinky colouration, making them extremely unique, ranging from pinkish [...]

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Shark Cage Diving in Simons Town, Cape Town

By | August 22nd, 2015|Tour Happening's|

Today I thought I would keep to the topic of sharks of course, but taking it from a different angle, that of the operators who offer dives out of Simon’s Town, Western Cape. There are a couple of things to remember when embarking on the exciting shark cage dive, but the most important being that these are wild animals, not trained to perform and appear at our behest, but rather they grace us with their presence and we are blessed to be able to see them in their natural environment. 20+Years ago, Rob Lawrence affectionately known as the Shark Legend, with a partner noticed the feeding habits of the Great White Shark off of seal island, and how these majestic creatures would break from the depths into the air in pursuit of their prey. They decided that they would offer shark trips out to seal island to other interested folk, [...]

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