Sharks of False Bay

Sharks of False Bay Due to the infamy the Great White has achieved in the False Bay Waters, one tends to overlook the magnificent diversity of Sharks we find in False Bay. Although being able to safely see a Great White Shark is deservedly on many a man’s bucket list, many of our smaller predators are over shadowed by the powerful presence of the White. Yet the sea that surrounds the Cape Peninsula is abundant in incredible sea life, including the Sharks listed below. The Below table consists of the various sharks species found and spotted over the years in [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:46+00:00 November 15th, 2015|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on Sharks of False Bay

Sharks help Reduce Global Warning

Sharks help Reduce Global Warning Wishful thinking? No, not all according to Australian Scientists. Many sea creatures and sea turtles eat carbon-rich sea grasses, so when the sharks eat these creatures – they are not only getting an energy supply for themselves, but helping global warming too. Who said sharks cant multi-task! This just goes to show just how spectacular these creatures are, not that we didn’t already know this, but this is more confirmation how important sharks are to the environment and well-being of our planet. A study was conducted after a shark culling programme was carried out in [...]

By | 2016-02-09T14:04:34+00:00 November 6th, 2015|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Sharks help Reduce Global Warning

Breaching Great White Sharks

Breaching Great White Breaching is a once in a lifetime, must see experience. It is just simply amazing to see a creature, King of the waters, if you will, leaping out of the ocean and gliding through the sky as it catches its prey. The energy and power needed to be able to launch out the water is just incredible. Breaching is the natural hunting method the Great White uses to catch prey. Breaching season in the False bay area starts in May and we are very lucky to be able to offer our AirJaws trip. The AirJaws trip not [...]

By | 2016-02-09T14:00:22+00:00 November 6th, 2015|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Breaching Great White Sharks

Blessings with Orca’s In False Bay

The Orca! Killer Whale – Orcinus orca Over the last few years we have been blessed with Orca Pods arriving in False Bay, hunting dolphins and other larger marine fish and mammals. This fantastic spectacle has attracted the likes of photographers and wildlife lover’s world-wide. We were privileged enough to be able to view and follow them on one of our Shark Cage Diving trips this year, at African Shark Eco-Charters. What makes the Orca such an incredible creature is their unique adaption to its environment, and unbelievable intelligence, making them the finest predators in the Ocean. The Orca, or [...]

By | 2016-02-09T13:54:53+00:00 November 6th, 2015|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Blessings with Orca’s In False Bay

Passively Beautiful Basking Shark

The Basking Shark – Passively beautiful! When one thinks of the word Shark, there is generally an air of gloom and fear that follows. Automatically we think of ‘Jaws’ and other such ridiculously over sensationalised movies and documentaries. What we forget, is that not all Sharks are Apex hunters, predators and killers. A look into the life of the non-aggressive shark may give us a greater understanding of the shark family as a whole, and perhaps curb our need to dread the magnificent creatures of the deep. So let us take a look at a shark that is known for [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:46+00:00 October 23rd, 2015|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Passively Beautiful Basking Shark

Shark Poem by African Shark Eco-Charters

Shark Poem by African Shark Eco-Charters 12th April Crazy shark day!! And a poem dedicated to all the ‘Mark the Sharks’ we have around Seal Island at the moment (for those who haven’t picked up on it yet, we seem to name many of the sharks around the boat Mark. We have Mark 1, Mark 2 and even Mark 3. Who knows where this will go..... and it all started from one little (Well actually quite big, about 3.5metres) white shark who turned up at the boat with a – yep youve guessed it – big scratch (or mark!) on [...]

By | 2015-10-16T05:52:59+00:00 October 16th, 2015|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Shark Poem by African Shark Eco-Charters

Unpredictable White Sharks this week

5th April Very unpredictable ‘sharkyness’ has been going on all week! We have gone from one extreme of great white shark behaviour, to another. Towards the end of last week the visibility around Seal Island, False Bay was incredible. At one point we were anchored in 12 metres of water, watching seals swim around the boat in crystal clear water – almost unheard of!  We could clearly see the rocky substrate on the bottom, and therefore any activity beneath the surface. Unfortunately for us, this clear water meant the sharks were very chilled and slow, to the point where we [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:46+00:00 October 16th, 2015|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on Unpredictable White Sharks this week

Shark Spotters in False Bay

Shark Spotters in False Bay – how they keep you and our sharks safe: The Flag System – what does it mean? Red Flag: High Alert! White Flag: Shark has been spotted! Black Flag: Spotting conditions are poor! Green Flag: Spotting conditions are good! Where and when can you find Shark Spotters on Duty? Permanent Beaches (365 days a year): Muizenberg: 8am – 6pm St James/Kalk Bay: 8am – 6pm Fish Hoek: 8am – 6pm (7am – 6.45pm in summer) The Hoek, Noordhoek: 8am – 6pm Caves, Kogel Bay: 8am – 6pm Temporary Beaches (Oct – April: Weekends, Public Holidays [...]

By | 2017-01-05T06:53:07+00:00 October 16th, 2015|Interesting Articles, Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Shark Spotters in False Bay

Great Whites and the Ecosystem

How Great White Sharks Play a Role in The Ecosystem The Great White Shark is the top predator throughout the world’s ocean. They became fearless top hunters through the evolution of supremely-adapted senses and physiology. They rely on their 6 senses to track and capture their prey. Their senses are: Hearing, Vision, Taste, Touch, Electro-Reception and smell. Of all of the Great White Sharks senses, smell is the most accurate sense of them all. They can smell one drop of blood in 100 litres of water! Being an apex predator the Great White has no natural enemies, except perhaps Orca’s. [...]

By | 2016-02-09T13:24:43+00:00 October 14th, 2015|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Great Whites and the Ecosystem

False Bay Season Closure

False Bay Season Closure By Carole Preston So as the end of September bids farewell to the False Bay Shark Season, we are already looking forward to the 2016 Great White Shark Season here at African Shark Eco Charters. Our season has been a busy one full of amazing adventures on the False Bay waters with amazing sightings and of course even more amazing guests from all over the globe. Each and every year we are blessed to look forward to the new and exciting shark adventures that lay ahead of the new season in False Bay. Until our season [...]

By | 2015-09-29T06:55:07+00:00 September 29th, 2015|Press|Comments Off on False Bay Season Closure