African Shark Eco-Charters would like to officially welcome Allison Skidmore to our team. She is a conservation biologist, and loves sharks and is super excited to be with us. We know she is going to be an asset to us as part of our crew!
Here is her first blog.

Hello fellow shark lovers! My name is Allie and I wanted to introduce myself as the newest member of the African Shark Eco Charters team. I have joined the team in False Bay as the marine biologist/ guide and I am loving every moment of it. I am a California native, one of the only places on earth where great white sharks “mix” with the  Californian’s as often as they do here in the Cape.

I moved to South Africa in early 2009 to study for my MSc in Conservation Biology at the University of Cape Town. After graduation, I moved to Kruger National Park for six months to train as a bush guide and obtain my FGASA certification. As much as I love the bush, Cape Town has my heart, which is how I found my way to African Shark Eco Charters. This company provides the opportunity for me to live and work in the best place on Earth while at the same time nurturing my love for wildlife and conservation (and staying out of an office!)

My first few weeks at African Shark Eco Charters has been crazy, intense and rewarding. I feel lucky to have found myself amongst people who are passionate not just about great white sharks, but the dynamic ecosystem of False Bay as a whole as well. I’m excited to be apart of a company that understands the importance of a holistic approach to eco-tourism and conservation. So many shark species, including the great white, face declining numbers internationally and need the help and support of the public worldwide. Cage diving with these top predators is the perfect opportunity to view them in their natural environment and appreciate their beauty and sheer, raw, unchallenged power!

These amazing predators surprise us everyday. Just yesterday, we viewed a natural breach while on the boat that gave even the well-seasoned Rob shortness of breath! A great white breached fully into the air and landed about one meter from our boat! Now that gets your heart racing!

Come join us out here at False Bay….a wild, sometimes wet and always entertaining experience guaranteed!