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 [...]
August 9th With the arrival of Propguard back at the island, and two fantastic breaches on our decoy, the smiles have been returned to African Shark Eco Charters faces. Although activity is still not quite at the level we would expect at this time of the year, it’s definitely an improvement. Most of this week’s cage diving has been a bit of in-and-out of the cage, but nearly everyone who wanted to see from the cage managed to (with a bit of perseverance!). It is also really nice that most people on the boat have been in good spirits about [...]
Natural predation by Great White Sharks on Cape Fur Seals Anti-predatory strategies of Cape Fur Seals are often observed at Seal Island in False Bay, South Africa. Seal Island provides unique opportunities to observe natural predation by Great White Sharks on Cape Fur Seals, and to observe social interactions among both species. Cape Fur Seals are constantly aware of the imminent threat of Great White Sharks in the area, which is heightened during the winter months (June - August), when the predation of Great White Sharks on Cape Fur Seals is most intense. Cape Fur Seals have their [...]
My fellow shark enthusiasts After missing 8 days at sea due to bad weather settling in for an extended stay over Cape Town we have been back on the water this past week and the sharks have been ready and waiting! We have had great success with our decoy on our recent trips with a hit almost every day. On anchor around the boat has been exciting as well with between 5-8 great white sharks making an appearance on average each day. Although the weather has been on the cold side, we’ve had an abundance of eager divers who have [...]
Good Day Fellow Shark Lovers.... Trust you all having a great week, we at African Shark Eco-Charters sure are after an unbelievable trip yesterday. Here is the low down on what happened on yesterdays Airjaws Shark Trip. Flat seas, lots of Seals and Orcas were the animals that we saw today, unfortunately we did not see any Great White Sharks today. Being nature, one can never guarantee anything, well we pretty much can always guarantee some seals, but not sharks and the highlight of the day........ORCAS!! Yes, today we saw 4 Orcas (killer whales) chasing a big school of dolphins [...]
Shot entirely by our Captain, shark legend Rob Lawrence, this journey under the waterline around the famous Seal Island will take you to a world inhabited by the famous flying sharks of False Bay.
The AIRJAWS tour is the most popular trip at African Shark Eco Charters. It's approx 5.5hrs long trip and ventures out to Seal Island in False Bay, South Africa. It is a combination trip of shark breaching and cage diving in one trip.
For a good couple weeks’ now I have been thinking about putting to words my thoughts and opinions regarding this years’ Great White Season, and I guess now is the moment I have chosen to do it. In False Bay, we are subject to a season, not like summer, winter, autumn or spring, but a season in which the Great White Sharks are at Seal Island, which is the only area that we offer the trips from. This season is determined by the shark’s food source and the weather, so as with everything, it is governed by the seasons; summer, [...]
Diving in the deep blue sea, few can understand the tranquillity; the calm that the water brings when you fin through the ocean and marveling at its nature. So much of the ocean has yet to be discovered, much of it is in places humans are unable to reach. Driving to Simon’s Town along the False Bay coastal road, you’ll have passed the wreck of the SS Clan Stuart on your left. Her engine block protrudes from the water at low tide, and only the highest spring tides come close to covering it. The steamer ran aground during a summer [...]
Common names: Great White Shark, Great White, White Shark, White Pointer. Family: Lamnidae Scientific name: Carcharodon carcharias Size: Great White Sharks can reach up to 7.3 m in length (as per the largest White Shark ever caught on camera in Guadeloupe) and weigh up to 2.5 tons. The males reach sexual maturity between 3.5 and 4.1 m, and the females at a much larger size of 4 and 5 m. Coloration: The dorsal surface ranges from dark grey to light brown, while the underside is white. Range/Distribution: The Great White Shark is one of the most widely distributed of all sharks and has been sighted in [...]