Great Whites sharks Seal Island in False Bay is unbelievable!

False Bay: Full of life and ready to entertain you! The past few days at Seal Island in False Bay have been unbelievable! After the strong storm over the weekend, dawn broke Monday morning on the water to a beautiful sunrise over the mountains and a very welcomed warm, sunny day. We started the morning with an amazing breach on our decoy by one of our favourite and most well-known great white sharks, ‘Cuz’. The breach was a full, out of the water hit on our fake seal, leaving all guests and crew on board the Blue Pointer 2 jumping [...]

By |2015-05-21T14:02:08+00:00August 4th, 2012|Categories: Tour Happening's|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Great Whites sharks Seal Island in False Bay is unbelievable!

Seal Island, False Bay, The coolest place to see Great White Sharks

Great White Shark up close to our boat, Blue Pointer II. © RJ Petrie Just Livin’ the Dream in False Bay! Hello avid great white shark lovers! We had an amazing time Saturday on the Blue Pointer 2 in False Bay. It was a cold start at the pier in the early morning, but as soon as we made it to Seal Island it was obvious that the sharks had shown up with an appetite. We witnessed multiple predations, including a few full breaches.  Flying sharks! Seal Island is the only place on Earth where great white sharks attack in this manner [...]

By |2016-12-29T15:18:07+00:00July 13th, 2012|Categories: Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Seal Island, False Bay, The coolest place to see Great White Sharks

The Famous Seal Island of False Bay

Seal Island, False Bay is where the action is. It's where the great white sharks go "shopping" during shark season. Seal Island is not very big at all. Its small and rocky elongated  with its long axis oriented roughly north-south, measuring approximately 400 by 50 metres, and with a maximum elevation of about 7 metres above the high tide line. The island has a narrow western shelf, with the water depth dropping off to a depth of 20 metres within 5 metres of shore, and a broad eastern shelf, where the water does not drop off to comparable depths until about [...]

By |2018-12-03T08:41:56+00:00May 18th, 2012|Categories: Marine Life|Comments Off on The Famous Seal Island of False Bay

Another Great White Shark breach at Seal Island, False Bay

Today, on our great white shark trip we had a natural breach.  This is the second natural breach of the season we have witnessed so far. This behaviour is very early for this time of the year, as well as the  great whites returning  early to the island. A few years ago we would not have considered doing any shark trips during  February and March's  sightings were only around 70%.  It is to be noted however, that there are still great whites inshore, with the shark siren going off on many of the False Bay beaches. So far we have had 100% [...]

By |2018-11-30T10:21:57+00:00March 5th, 2012|Categories: Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Another Great White Shark breach at Seal Island, False Bay

Great White Sharks back at Seal Island

[pullquote]Thank you Rob and Karen and  for offering me an educational trip. It was a great experience. Herman, guest house owner.[/pullquote]   Great White Sharks are back at Seal Island and our first trips have gone very well with four sharks seen on both trips and our guests successfully managing to dive. Even though it is still early in the season for the Great White Sharks in False Bay, for the past two seasons the Great White Sharks have been moving back to Seal Island earlier on in the year, and we have had some very good sightings during February [...]

By |2018-11-30T10:14:41+00:00February 23rd, 2012|Categories: Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Great White Sharks back at Seal Island

Are you team shark or team seal?

Great White Shark with seal decoy Are you team shark or team seal? What does that mean and what difference does it make? First one needs to understand why the division is suggested in the first place. While many sharks eat other sharks, a variety of fish and other marine life, the abundant seal pup population in areas around the world, False Bay included, have made seals the default meal. Over-fishing and fining of smaller sharks and other fish that the Great Whites prey on exacerbates the situation for the seals. Fun Fact: Did you know about 12,000 seal [...]

By |2018-11-23T07:32:16+00:00July 27th, 2016|Categories: Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Are you team shark or team seal?

Facts about Cape Fur Seals

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 [...]

By |2018-11-23T07:52:29+00:00July 2nd, 2015|Categories: Marine Life|Tags: |Comments Off on Facts about Cape Fur Seals

Great White Shark “Propguard” back at the island

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 [...]

By |2018-11-23T08:07:17+00:00August 21st, 2014|Categories: Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Great White Shark “Propguard” back at the island

Anti-predatory Strategies of Cape Fur Seals

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 [...]

Sharks, Seals and Unedited Raw Nature

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 [...]

By |2016-12-29T15:17:58+00:00August 27th, 2013|Categories: Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Sharks, Seals and Unedited Raw Nature

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