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Let’s Brag…Just A Little…

By | July 4th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

Hi folks! I thought, as an added extra, I was going to brag a little and post a few reviews we recently received. I’m sure you will indulge me, as sometimes it’s nice to receive a pat on the back. Let’s start with a review by Nick. S, who joined us on a trip in June of this year, he was thrilled, let’s see what he had to say. “A Once In A Life Time Trip - Our morning out with Rob and Kim of African Shark Eco-Charters was simply amazing. We were expecting to see some big sharks but we didn't know how big! Our first taste was of a 4.5m Great White breaching right out of the water and it left me shaking with adrenaline, partly because of the physical power and majesty and partly because I knew I'd taken the most amazing photo of my life. Later [...]

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Getting Familiar…

By | July 3rd, 2015|Tour Happening's|

Most blogs out there, including ours tend to speak to the knowledgeable shark enthusiast. Today I want to speak to those less knowledgeable enthusiasts and attempt to save us all from the embarrassment that our, sometimes rookie questions spark. You see, I too am new to all this, and though I have a love of all creatures, land and sea, I admittedly don’t know much about our friend, the shark. Would you join me on the journey into the understanding of sharks, shark trips and cage diving? Let’s start by defining the following “sharkaneeze”. Breaching     This is when the hunting shark breaks out of the water in pursuit of its prey. We refer to this as “Airjaws” for obvious reasons. Predation      This is the natural hunt, so not a decoy chase but rather a hunting shark hunting its natural prey, which in the case of the Great White Shark is [...]

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Facts about Cape Fur Seals

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

Seal Blog: Team Seal Here are some Cape Fur Seal Facts I bet you didn’t know about! Here in the Southern Peninsula, our resident seals are the Cape Fur Seals. We do find other seal Sub-species along our coastline, such as the Leopard Seal, Elephant Sea and Sub-Antarctic Seal, however the Cape Furs are the only ones know to breed down here. Interestingly enough the Cape Fur Seal and the Australian Fur Seal are almost identical, their only differences being the geographical ranges. The Cape Fur is an eared Seal, unlike other seal species. On our trips out to Seal Island we come across hundreds and thousands of Cape Furs, either making their way back to the Island, coming from it, or breeding and relaxing on the rocky structure they call home. I find it particularly interesting how these marine mammals are adapted to escape the ever clutching jaws of [...]

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Mako Sharks

By | June 21st, 2015|Tour Happening's|

The Mako shark is the fastest swimming shark in the world at 40 kilometres per hour, attaining burst speeds up to 70 kilometres per hour. Most individuals are between 1.5 and 2.5 metres in length but large females up to 4 metres have been previously recorded. This species is found in temperate and tropical (17-22 degree Celsius) waters up to 500 metres in depth. These sharks, like white sharks, are adapted to life in these cool waters and have a heat exchange system in their body that keeps their muscles and internal temperature above that of the surrounding cool waters. This adaptation allows these sharks to maintain a high degree of activity. These sharks are top predators that prey on various fish species as well as sea turtles, dolphins and occasionally marine debris.  Females are slow maturing at approximately 19 years, while males mature much sooner, at 8 years. Between [...]

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Fantastic Experience with African Shark Eco-Charters

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

“A fantastic experience!” Reviewed 29 April 2015 We had a great time with the Eco-Charters team. We were fortunate enough to have a good shark day at the beginning of April. We the the last of the charter boats to arrive at Seal Island - the others were already anchored and had some shark activity so our captain decided to try and get a breaching attack - not usual for this time of year - and we were successful - not a full "airjaws" experience, but a great visual of the shark breaking the water to attack the decoy! The cage dive was fantastic - lots of action - and the regulator makes it really easy and in no way whatsoever caused the sharks to stay away. I would recommened this experience to anyone visiting Cape Town Visited April 2015

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Blue sharks

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

Blue sharks get their name from the beautiful blue colour of the skin on their back and sides. These sharks are extremely wide-ranging and can be found in both tropical and temperate seas, in waters between 7 and 16 degrees Celsius. They are also known for producing large litters of pups, between 4 and 135 pups at a time, with the number of pups determined by the size of the female. This species is usually found in deep waters, up to 350 metres and are considered a pelagic or blue water shark species. While out in the deep blue this species feeds mostly on fish species including cod, herring, hake and mackerel but have also been known to feed on whale carcasses and sea birds. As an opportunistic feeder these sharks have also been known to eat plastic and other marine pollution. These sharks can reach lengths up to 3.8 [...]

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Baby sharks and shark eggs

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

Many sharks lay eggs, called mermaids purses, which attach to marine vegetation or rocks, while others hatch inside the female and are live born. Species in which the eggs hatch inside the female often exhibit what is called intrauterine cannibalism, where shark pups still in the womb eat their siblings and other unfertilized eggs.  Others species, such as the great white shark, have pups that grow inside the female attached to the uterus, as in mammals, with gestation lasting anywhere from five months to two years. However sharks as a class of animals will never win a parent of the year award as baby sharks once born or hatched are left to fend completely for themselves. You can often find empty shark egg cases at the beach and you can usually tell which species it is from because different species produce different shaped egg cases. The baby sharks inside chew [...]

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Shark Teeth

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

The part that scares people most about sharks has got to be all those sharp and pointy teeth, but you can actually tell a lot about sharks based on their teeth.   Most well publicized are the serrated triangular upper teeth of great white sharks, perfect for tearing into their prey, the Cape fur seal. However what most people don’t know is that juvenile white sharks actually have small unserrated needle-like teeth more like those seen on ragged tooth, mako and bull sharks. Now you may wonder how and why that would be, the answer is simple, juvenile white sharks feed on different prey to their larger counterparts and have teeth perfectly adapted to do so. White sharks up to about 2.5 to 3.5 metres feed on fish mostly and thus need those shark pointed teeth to keep hold of those slippery fish and swallow them whole. Obviously as they [...]

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The Seven Gilled Cow Sharks of False Bay

By | May 20th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

The Seven Gilled Cow Sharks of False Bay. Interestingly enough all sharks once possessed seven pairs of gill slits. Through evolution and many, years of defining, some shark species lost a pair or two of their gill slits. The broadnose sevengill however did not. The seven gills, or Cow Sharks, as we prefer to call them, have been around for millions of years, and fascinatingly enough have not had the urge to evolve much at all. The old naval base of Simon’s Town in the southern peninsula, offers one of the most fantastic shore diving sights in the world. Amidst the kelp and age old boulders lies another ancient species, the cow shark. This majestically old shark shares a primitive skeleton similar to that of the fossils of extinct sharks, hence the fact we believe it to be millions of years old. Enjoying a healthy diet of large fish, squid, [...]

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Shark Cage Diving trip report:

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

Shark Cage Diving trip report: Another awesome shark cage diving trip this morning! We had a spectacular predation kill this morning to start off the trip, before we anchored up at Seal Island to start the shark cage diving. 5 sharks, in beginning shark trip slowly, picked up later The water vizibility was not too great today, maybe only around 3 metres, but our guests still had some decent views of the Great White Sharks  from the  shark cage. We had five Great White Sharks up to the boat today, so there was plenty of shark activity for the guests to enjoy. Join us for a shark cage diving trip with African Shark Eco-Charters Here is some info about our trips for you to read. ———————————————————————————————————————————————- Simon’s Town is just 40min from Cape Town and the base from where our boat departs early in the morning. A short 20 minute will take you into False Bay, famous for the great white “Flying Sharks”, a term used for their [...]

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