Great White Shark natural predations at Seal Island, False Bay

Natural predation of a Great White Shark on a Cape Fur Seal Predation is one of the most fundamental interactions in nature and one of the most fascinating interactions to observe, but predation is rarely observed in the wild. Seal Island, in False Bay, South Africa, provides unique opportunities to observe natural predation by Great White Sharks on Cape Fur Seals and to observe social interactions among both species. Breaching is one of the hunting techniques that great white sharks use to surprise and kill its prey. They  surface with such force and explosive energy that it propels [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:18:01+00:00 December 11th, 2012|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Great White Shark natural predations at Seal Island, False Bay

Breaching Great White Shark clears the air at Seal Island, False Bay

Breaching Great White Shark clears the air at Seal Island, False Bay A Great White Shark breaches clear out of the water at Seal Island, False Bay. Join us on one of our "Airjaws" shark breaching trips to witness this spectacular breaching behaviour of the Great White Sharks. This is certainly something that you do not want to miss! Here is some further information on our Great White Shark breaching trips. We would consider our high season to be from May to end of August and the best months for the predation and breaching activity is during June, [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:18:02+00:00 November 20th, 2012|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Breaching Great White Shark clears the air at Seal Island, False Bay

My favourite thing about Seal Island is…

Shark cage diving? Choose African Shark Eco-Charters. Here is why! My favourite thing about Seal Island is... Of all the things that make Seal Island in False Bay special, one particular aspect stands out for me.  For a few short moments during sunrise each morning the island is alive with the natural predation activity of the great white sharks on the cape fur seals. While some of our guests may not be too thrilled with the very early start in the morning, it becomes well worth it for the opportunity to witness these top predators hunt. Seal Island is so [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:18:04+00:00 September 3rd, 2012|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on My favourite thing about Seal Island is…

Back at Seal Island

Dawn breaks over Seal Island False Bay The first day back at sea after a number of days of foul weather always makes me at bit nervous. Will the sharks still be there? Yesterday we were back at Seal Island after a stretch of wild Cape Town weather and I was excited and anxious to see what the shark activity would be like. The morning AIRJAWS trip started with a gorgeous red sunrise and clear skies; a welcomed sight after a week of rain. Predation activity was slow so we anchored up to prepare for the cage diving. [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:18:04+00:00 August 23rd, 2012|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Back at Seal Island

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+00:00 August 4th, 2012|Tour Happening's|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+00:00 July 13th, 2012|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 | 2017-01-04T11:58:14+00:00 May 18th, 2012|News Articles, Tour Happening's|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 | 2016-12-29T15:18:08+00:00 March 5th, 2012|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 | 2016-12-29T15:18:08+00:00 February 23rd, 2012|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 | 2016-12-29T15:17:45+00:00 July 27th, 2016|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Are you team shark or team seal?

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