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.
Let’s Talk About It – The Seven-Gill Cow Shark I decided to talk about the Sevengill Cow Shark this week, because against all that is “normal” we have been visited by these pre-historic looking, gentle sharks at Seal Island lately in the absence of our glorious Great Whites. Not to say that it hasn’t been wonderful, it’s just been different, as Cow Sharks tend to spend most of their time in deeper waters and kelp forests, only coming into shallower waters, it is believed, to breed. They make me think of the sock hand puppets we used to make [...]
Great whites are not seen in captivity........It is sadly human nature to try and confine our wildlife, whether marine or land. Maybe this is driven by a deep desire to feel powerful or maybe it’s the human races’ ability at cruelty that drives it; whatever it is, it is a very real fact. Some of us will remember when bears, lions, tigers and even elephants were a regular in circus’ the world over, so why would we stop there? If we could confine and subdue the King of the animal kingdom, why not do the same with the Apex predator [...]
10 Day Great White Shark Tours The 10 day shark trip is for the serious photographers and film makers, or those who have a passion for the Great White Shark and just want to spend time getting to know and understand them. On these trips you will get to recognize the sharks, and perhaps even get to name one! Don’t just dream of taking awesome shark pictures…..do it! Wake up every day knowing you are going to spend another day with the great white sharks in their natural habitat. Jubilee June A Jubilee is a time [...]