Trip Happenings

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 [...]

By | 2015-09-11T10:40:45+00:00 August 19th, 2015|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Trip Happenings

Sharks in the Bay

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 [...]

By | 2015-09-07T19:44:08+00:00 August 18th, 2015|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Sharks in the Bay

Don’t Get Mouthy…

  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 [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:46+00:00 August 16th, 2015|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Don’t Get Mouthy…

Let’s Talk About Wobbegong Sharks…

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 [...]

By | 2018-03-06T13:23:16+00:00 August 16th, 2015|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Let’s Talk About Wobbegong Sharks…

Some More About Sharks…

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 [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:46+00:00 August 2nd, 2015|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Some More About Sharks…

Talking About Sharks…

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 [...]

By | 2017-09-05T16:51:56+00:00 July 25th, 2015|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Talking About Sharks…

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

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 [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:46+00:00 July 19th, 2015|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Just A Couple Important Things To Remember When Booking / Taking A Shark Trip

Bragging Rights..

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 [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:46+00:00 July 18th, 2015|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Bragging Rights..

Let’s Talk About It … The Lemon Shark

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 [...]

By | 2018-03-13T06:45:06+00:00 July 12th, 2015|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Let’s Talk About It … The Lemon Shark

Let’s Discuss Shark Week

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, [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:46+00:00 July 11th, 2015|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Let’s Discuss Shark Week