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Trip Happenings

By | August 19th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

Trip Happenings with African Shark Eco-Charters August 17th So after three bad weather days in a row with very strong winds, we at African Shark Eco-Charters are contemplating what we may find when we go back to the island. Will the weather have encouraged new sharks into the bay, or fooled our current sharks into thinking it’s the end of the season? It’s obvious what we are all hoping for, but this late in August either is possible. The trips before the strong winds were very up and down, as has been the norm for this season – impossible to predict! A couple of mornings we were out and saw 8 or 9 good predations, other mornings none. One morning we had 3 breaches on the decoy, the next nothing! The white sharks have always been an entity unto themselves, but their behaviour this year has been incredibly confusing – [...]

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Sharks in the Bay

By | August 18th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

August 8th 2015 It’s been a beautiful, hot and sunny time in False Bay for the last week, with flat calm seas ensuring our African Shark Eco Charters trips’ have been very enjoyable! It’s also been fantastic that we have had one of our favourite sharks from last season ‘Propguard’ being very active around the boat. This is a shark we got to know very well last season, and it created huge excitement when she returned early last month – and looking very fat! Where-ever she has been for the last year, it’s been good for her, and since her return she’s spent many trips around our boat, Blue Pointer II, giving the guests a thrilling time with her almost 4.5m bulk appearing out of the gloom (and sometimes very speedily!!)! Now none of us can pretend that this season has been in any way similar to last year. This [...]

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Don’t Get Mouthy…

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

  Don't get mouthy When you hear the words “Megamouth Shark”, what is the image it conjures? If you think big, nay huge mouth, well then you would be correct. It stands to reason, if it has a huge mouth, it has to have a rather large frame to fit it into, and again you would be correct. This is one of the largest shark species, being out grown only by the likes of Whale Sharks and the controversial Megalodon Sharks. Despite its massive size and mouth, this shark sports very small teeth, as it is a filter feeder, swimming open mouthed through the depths swallowing jellyfish and plankton that are attracted to it by the luminescent photophore surrounding its mouth. It has fleshy “lips” and a broad rounded snout, which has confused some observers into believing that they were in fact seeing a baby killer whale. Little is known [...]

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Let’s Talk About Wobbegong Sharks…

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

A wabba, wabba, what you say? You heard me, it’s a Wabbegong Shark! You would be forgiven for thinking it was a part of the seabed, an ocean floor carpet, if you will, so much so, this is another name for this interesting little fella’.   The Wobbegong Shark is a bottom dweller, covering the oceans beds like rugs, hence the name “Carpet Shark”. There are 12 different species of Carpet Shark, and they all prefer shallow, temperate waters, but one, the Japanese Wobbegong, which is found in the far Northern oceans of Japan.   Most Wobbegong Sharks grow to a max length of +/- 1 and ¼ meters, whereas the Spotted and Banded Wabbegongs can reach lengths of up to 3 meters! They are masters at camouflage, and lie in wait of their prey, which consists of smaller fish, that dare to swim too close.     The name [...]

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Some More About Sharks…

By | August 2nd, 2015|Tour Happening's|

Well, it’s been a week since my last entry, in which we touched on the Ragged Tooth, the Mako, Greenland and Epaulette Sharks. This time, I want to chat about Mick Fanning and his “shark attack” in Jeffery’s Bay. I think the hype is almost past, so now, as an amateur, I want to dissect this “attack” and see just how much danger Mick was really in. First off, let me say that I can well imagine the utter, paralyzing fear that he experienced at the time of the “attack”, I mean a Great White Shark is considered the apex predator of the ocean, and I think we all breathe a little easier knowing they can’t come out of the sea and walk on land, right? This is the perfect shark, incorporating the speed of the Mako (maybe not as fast, but dam near close enough), the strength of the [...]

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Talking About Sharks…

By | July 25th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

I said before that I wanted to venture into the world of sharks with you, one at a time, learning about their individual characteristics and make up, and thought I would start with an overview of some of the more “outstanding” of the 510 species of shark. I spoke of the Lemon Shark in my previous blog, and also admitted that this is one of my favourite sharks, but there are a whole lot of others that will inspire awe and amazement at their sheer abilities and odd looks! Possibly one of the most vicious looking of all sharks is the Ragged Tooth Shark. They tend to hang out together and feed in the manmade catacombs of ship wrecks! Being most active at night, they stay pretty well hidden until darkness falls. These fearful looking creatures hunt other smaller sharks, bony fish, rays, crustaceans and squid. As scary a predator [...]

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Just A Couple Important Things To Remember When Booking / Taking A Shark Trip

By | July 19th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

It is heart breaking as a shark trip operator when we have to cancel trips due to unfavourable weather conditions, but as we believe in Safety First, there are times we simply have no other option. What makes it even more upsetting, is when the guest is unable to reschedule because they are leaving in a day or two. As a result, I have put together a couple tips, for both booking and taking a shark trip. When Booking: Always book a shark trip at the beginning of your holiday – actually any weather dependant trip or tour, so you are able to reschedule if you have to, especially if you have centred your entire vacation around your trip Weather is unpredictable, but as far as possible, try to book in the better weather months, if the trips are offered Do your homework around the operator – check reviews and [...]

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Bragging Rights..

By | July 18th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

I know I have said it before, but I can’t say it enough; it is simply wonderful to receive these kinds of reviews from our guests and it is with great pride and humility that we share them with all of you! “Enthusiastic Staff, Amazing Sharks” Reviewed 11 July 2015NEW Our tour with African Shark Eco Tours was amazing. We saw tons of natural predation, which was exhilarating.  One of my favorite parts of the trip was the staff. They were all kind, friendly, and good at their jobs. What made them so fun was their passion for sharks. Once the Great Whites started chasing the seals, the staff couldn't help but hoot, holler, and cheer. That really got us in the spirit and helped us join in the excitement.  Don't go expecting a thrill-a-minute. There are often long lulls where nothing happens, followed by one or two minutes of [...]

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Let’s Talk About It … The Lemon Shark

By | July 12th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

Perhaps the reason this is, to date my favourite of the sharks, is because it is the most researched. And the reason for that is because it is one of very few sharks that handle captivity well, so make studying them possible and a whole lot easier. Lemon Sharks have a beautiful yellow hue, hence their name and almost cat-like eyes, unlike a lot of the other sharks. An adult can grow to approximately 11 feet and weigh close to 200kgs, not a little fella’ by any stretch of the imagination! At this point, I want to stop, and actually encourage you to think about the size. Think of the tallest person you know, generally that’s around 6 to 6.3 feet tall; now think again about the size of the adult Lemon Shark, 11 feet! It’s huge, and still not the biggest shark in our oceans. Lemon Sharks are not [...]

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Let’s Discuss Shark Week

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

It’s always a good idea to understand the origins and rationale behind something if one is going to discuss it, so I decided to look into Shark Week. Shark week started on the 17th July 1988 in an attempt to develop an awareness, respect and as a result, love for the shark. It was started by the Discovery Channel and is held annually between July and September of each year. During the past few years, Shark Week has taken on an entertainment value, sometime positive and other times negative, due to the airing of fictional dramatic programmes, such as Jaws, Shark Attack 3 and Deep Blue Sea, to name but a few ; but has proved to be the longest running TV programming event in television history. One of the most popular programmes and most watched is Megalodon – The Monster Shark Lives The discussion point here, I believe, is [...]

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