Blue sharks get their name from the beautiful blue colour of the skin on their back and sides. These sharks are extremely wide-ranging and can be found in both tropical and temperate seas, in waters between 7 and 16 degrees Celsius. They are also known for producing large litters of pups, between 4 and 135 pups at a time, with the number of pups determined by the size of the female. This species is usually found in deep waters, up to 350 metres and are considered a pelagic or blue water shark species. While out in the deep blue this species feeds mostly on fish species including cod, herring, hake and mackerel but have also been known to feed on whale carcasses and sea birds. As an opportunistic feeder these sharks have also been known to eat plastic and other marine pollution. These sharks can reach lengths up to 3.8 [...]
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Shark Cage Diving trip report: Another awesome shark cage diving trip this morning! We had a spectacular predation kill this morning to start off the trip, before we anchored up at Seal Island to start the shark cage diving. 5 sharks, in beginning shark trip slowly, picked up later The water vizibility was not too great today, maybe only around 3 metres, but our guests still had some decent views of the Great White Sharks from the shark cage. We had five Great White Sharks up to the boat today, so there was plenty of shark activity for the guests to enjoy. Join us for a shark cage diving trip with African Shark Eco-Charters Here is some info about our trips for you to read. ———————————————————————————————————————————————- Simon’s Town is just 40min from Cape Town and the base from where our boat departs early in the morning. A short 20 minute will take you into False Bay, famous for the great white “Flying Sharks”, a term used for their [...]
On Thursday the 26th of March we were among the many few people to witness the majestic beauty of the Orcas in False Bay. We got to the jetty in the morning bright and early and were greeted with a spout of rain and the day was looking rather miserable but spirits were high and we were off to see some Great White Sharks. We were the 1st shark cage diving boat to leave the harbor and by far the luckiest boat out there being the 1st boat to to see the Orcas. We followed them for about a hour, just in awe of their natural grace and beauty, before heading to Seal Island in search of some Great White Sharks. When we arrived at Seal Island the other two companies were already on anchor and baiting for sharks. As we got there we were lucky to witness two kills [...]
“Orca and Great White trip of a lifetime” Reviewed 27 March 2015 Myself and my boyfriend just so happened to be on a tour where we stumbled upon a pod of orcas as soon as we left the jetty (I think the whole crew were in agreement that it was the best trip of the season!) The skipper Rob spotted them immediately and was respectful when following them, we didn't chase them at close range, but they were playful enough to come to us and swim right under our boat. Respect for creatures like that is something that's extremely important to me and it was clear that the whole team were of the same mindset, just blown away by seeing the killer whales at all. There were dolphins and seals in the bay as well as we left, and it's saying a lot that by the time we got to [...]
Boulders Penguin Colony During our Great White Shark cage diving and breaching trips, we frequently see a number of bird species, including the African penguin. Situated just around the corner from the seaside village of Simon's Town, the Boulders area has become world famous for its thriving colony of African penguins, formerly called Jackass Penguins as their call resembles that of a donkey's bray. The Boulders area falls under the protection of the Table Mountain National Park, which also incorporates Table Mountain and the Peninsula mountain chain from Signal Hill to Cape Point. Although it is set amongst a residential area, this is one of the few sites in the world where this vulnerable bird species can be observed wandering freely in close proximity in a protected natural environment. Foxy Beach forms part of the main breeding colony of African penguins, and is the main viewing area for visitors. The [...]
The magnificent Great White Shark Known as one of the ocean's greatest predators, the Great White Shark has grown to become quite a hit amongst travellers and tourists through Shark Cage Diving. If you are thinking about going shark cage diving then you will find the following facts about the Great White Shark quite interesting. The largest Great White Shark ever recorded was caught off Cojimar, Cuba and measured 6.4 m (21 feet) and roughly 3,312 kg (7,302 pounds). The average size of a Great White Shark is between 3.5 - 4.6 m. Although the Great White Shark can reach lengths of up to 6m, it is not the largest shark in the ocean, but it is the biggest predatory shark. They have six senses: sight, smell, taste, touch, hearing and electro-reception. Great White Sharks are sensitive to low frequency sounds as produced by struggling prey. They don't [...]
Seal Island forms a natural chumline for the Great White Sharks in False Bay Chumming is a type of scent trail that that attracts fish, sharks, etc, to an area, or boat. It may be man made or natural. An example of a natural scent trail is a seal colony, bird colony, a dead whale or seal carcass even dead birds. An example of a man made scent trail would be for an example, fisherman using mashed up anchovies/pilchards with marine oil and salt water to attract fish and or small shark species to the boat in order to catch them. Another chum would be small cut pieces of sardines dropped off the boat to get shoaling fish like yellowtail or tuna up to the surface to make catching them more successful. The chum may vary depending on what type of fish the fisherman wants to attract. Another [...]
Facts about Rob Lawrence and African Shark Eco-Charters African Shark Eco–Charters is the leading great white shark viewing and diving company in False Bay South Africa. African Shark Eco-Charters is owned by Rob Lawrence. Rob has been working with sharks on a daily basis since 1989 and has specialized in leading and operating shark expeditions and trips since 1996. African Shark Eco-Charters was the first successful Great White Shark eco-tourism operation at Seal Island in False Bay, South Africa. Rob is one of the most experienced field persons involved in all areas of the Great White Shark cage diving and viewing industry in South Africa, having been present and actively involved since the inception of the industry and the first successfully run shark cage diving operation. Rob’s family history in False Bay goes back several generations. He has a long history dating back to 1989 when he started out as [...]
Breaching Great White Sharks of False Bay, South Africa The Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias) is the shark of all sharks. It is beautifully streamlined to slip through the water with minimum effort. Its enormous size, powerful jaws that can extend almost like an outreaching hand, rows of large triangular teeth, and jet-black eyes make it one of the most feared creatures on the planet. It is the ultimate super predator. Great White Sharks seem to be strongly visual predators and are the only fish known to spy-hop; lifting their heads out of the water, apparently to look around for prey. They will hunt deep diving Cape Fur Seals, but most of their attacks take place on the surface without warning, from below and behind. They can even breach right out of the water in pursuit of prey. Their teeth hit first and they protect their eyes from [...]
Natural predation by Great White Sharks on Cape Fur Seals Predation of the Great White Shark 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. Methods used in the study of the Great White Sharks and Cape Fur Seals As part of a larger study instigated by Rob Lawrence of African Shark Eco-Charters and a colleague, predator-prey interactions between Great White Sharks and Cape Fur Seals at Seal Island, False Bay, South Africa, were investigated by direct observations of ad libidem encounters between these two species at the surface during August and September 2000. Predatory events were usually first detected [...]