Blue sharks

By | June 14th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

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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Baby sharks and shark eggs

By | June 6th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

Many sharks lay eggs, called mermaids purses, which attach to marine vegetation or rocks, while others hatch inside the female and are live born. Species in which the eggs hatch inside the female often exhibit what is called intrauterine cannibalism, where shark pups still in the womb eat their siblings and other unfertilized eggs.  Others species, such as the great white shark, have pups that grow inside the female attached to the uterus, as in mammals, with gestation lasting anywhere from five months to two years. However sharks as a class of animals will never win a parent of the year award as baby sharks once born or hatched are left to fend completely for themselves. You can often find empty shark egg cases at the beach and you can usually tell which species it is from because different species produce different shaped egg cases. The baby sharks inside chew [...]

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Shark Teeth

By | June 6th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

The part that scares people most about sharks has got to be all those sharp and pointy teeth, but you can actually tell a lot about sharks based on their teeth.   Most well publicized are the serrated triangular upper teeth of great white sharks, perfect for tearing into their prey, the Cape fur seal. However what most people don’t know is that juvenile white sharks actually have small unserrated needle-like teeth more like those seen on ragged tooth, mako and bull sharks. Now you may wonder how and why that would be, the answer is simple, juvenile white sharks feed on different prey to their larger counterparts and have teeth perfectly adapted to do so. White sharks up to about 2.5 to 3.5 metres feed on fish mostly and thus need those shark pointed teeth to keep hold of those slippery fish and swallow them whole. Obviously as they [...]

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The Seven Gilled Cow Sharks of False Bay

By | May 20th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

The Seven Gilled Cow Sharks of False Bay. Interestingly enough all sharks once possessed seven pairs of gill slits. Through evolution and many, years of defining, some shark species lost a pair or two of their gill slits. The broadnose sevengill however did not. The seven gills, or Cow Sharks, as we prefer to call them, have been around for millions of years, and fascinatingly enough have not had the urge to evolve much at all. The old naval base of Simon’s Town in the southern peninsula, offers one of the most fantastic shore diving sights in the world. Amidst the kelp and age old boulders lies another ancient species, the cow shark. This majestically old shark shares a primitive skeleton similar to that of the fossils of extinct sharks, hence the fact we believe it to be millions of years old. Enjoying a healthy diet of large fish, squid, [...]

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Shark Cage Diving trip report:

By | May 12th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

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 [...]

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ASEC and Orca’s

By | May 6th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

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 [...]

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Kim is back with ASEC

By | March 31st, 2015|Tour Happening's|

March 18th 2015 And so another African Shark Eco Charters season has begun, and ‘phew’ I am a part of it! I just about managed to make it over the ocean from England, with a few trials and tribulations along the way, but finally I am back in my most favourite place – Simonstown, South Africa. I can’t tell you how happy I am to be back on Blue Pointer II, on the hunt for great white sharks with my fantastic crew. My aim was to spend my 30th birthday onboard, but due to boat maintenance for several days this didn’t happen. Instead I had to downgrade to visiting the local wine farm, and having a braai instead! But after the slightly later start than expected, my first week back in the saddle has been great. Obviously the season is only just starting, so my expectations were not high; but [...]

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Brilliant Tripadvisor review on African Shark Eco-Charters

By | March 30th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

“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 [...]

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From Great Whites to Pufferfish

By | March 11th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

  From Sharks to Pufferfish – the ongoing adventures of a former ASEC crew member Over the years ASEC has welcomed a variety of biologists and shark enthusiasts to their crew, but what happens to these folks once they go on to seek new adventures? Watch this video to see how former crew member, Naomi Pleizier, has pursued her interest in marine biology and is studying pufferfish in The Bahamas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZXA9vjhJA4&feature=youtu.be   Biologist Naomi Pleizier bid farewell to the ASEC crew in 2012 to work with another former crew-member, Alex Wilson, in studying fish behaviour as part of the Cooke Lab at Carleton University in Canada. Guests on the shark tour may have wondered why some sharks seem to have unique personalities. For instance, the crew sometimes recognizes aggressive individuals that actively chase the bait, whereas others calmly laze around, seemingly more interested in the boat than the bait itself! [...]

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