Job Shadowing

Aaishah Miller – Job Shadowing with African Shark Eco-Charters Hi my name is Aaishah Miller, I am 16 years old and currently job shadowing at ASEC. On the 29th June I went on my first shark trip. The boat trip to seal island alone was really amazing, just watching all the buildings disappear as the boat continued to move forward. Along the way to seal island I saw dolphins swimming along with the boat, which was really amazing since I had never seen a dolphin before ,besides on tv and in books. We finally arrived at seal island and unfortunately [...]

By |2018-11-25T16:17:48+00:00October 18th, 2017|Categories: News Articles|Comments Off on Job Shadowing

Great White Shark….Touch

Ever thought what it would be like to... hug a shark or swim on its back like a dolphin does? No? Well not me… So what does a shark’s “skin” feel like? The shark’s sense of touch consists of two forms: the actual contact and the distant touch. These are based in the lateral line. You know how you always see a shark bump an object with their nose? Well, this how they “touch” and it is called nosing an object. Sharks use electro-reception to "touch" from a distance. The second form of the touching sense is the distant touch. [...]

By |2018-11-30T12:59:16+00:00September 6th, 2017|Categories: Sharks|Comments Off on Great White Shark….Touch

When your shark trip is cancelled

We regret to inform you... “We regret to inform you that your shark trip for tomorrow has been cancelled…”Of course, it is the last thing you want to hear when you have been waiting months for your shark trip to eventually roll around; but in reality, it can and does happen from time to time, so when it does, let’s see how we can somehow still make your day a good one! The reason for the cancellation will play a large part in what other activities are on offer, so let’s go through a couple. Is it the weather? Firstly, [...]

By |2018-11-26T08:51:02+00:00September 6th, 2017|Categories: Tour Happening's|Comments Off on When your shark trip is cancelled

The Pacific Sleeper Shark

The Pacific Sleeper Shark... is of the Somniosidae family of shark, which include the giant Greenland Shark. Commonly called “Sleeper Sharks” due to their slow swimming and non-aggressive natures, these sharks have a familiarly look. The Pacific Sleeper Shark is the smallest of the family group, reaching an average size of 3.5 meters (12 feet) while it’s other family members can and do grown well beyond that 7 meters (23 feet) in length! They boast a rounded snout and grey-black skin which is rough to the touch, they have an almost torpedo shape body with low dorsal fins. Being Deep [...]

By |2018-11-26T09:05:55+00:00May 29th, 2017|Categories: Sharks|Tags: |Comments Off on The Pacific Sleeper Shark

Can sharks hear?

Its a good question... can sharks hear? They don’t have ears…? Well it is speculated that sharks have a very well-developed hearing sense because it works with the lateral line that enhances and detects vibrations. This makes them good at hearing low vibrations frequencies and finding the position of the noise through using the lateral pores. So they can hear prey that is near. And although they may not have ear lobes they do have ears. These ears are small holes on the sides of the head that leads to the inner ear. The inner ear has 3 chambers and [...]

By |2018-11-26T09:15:42+00:00May 16th, 2017|Categories: Sharks|Tags: |Comments Off on Can sharks hear?

The Spotted Gully Shark

Let's Talk About The Spotted Gully Shark Found in False Bay, this shark answers to a couple different names, the Spotted Gully Shark, Sharptooth Houndshark, Sweet William or “Spotty” as “affectionately” referred to by anglers. The Spotted Gully Shark, prefers shallow inshore waters from South Africa to Southern Angola, closer to the sea bed in sandy areas near rocks, reefs and gullies.   This tough little shark grows to about 1.7 meters in length with the females out-growing the males and boast large rounded fins; it has a short blunt snout and is characteristically grey or bronze in colour with [...]

By |2018-11-26T09:27:44+00:00May 11th, 2017|Categories: Sharks|Tags: |Comments Off on The Spotted Gully Shark

The Shark Eye…..eye eye Captain

In keeping with the theme of senses, today we’ll take a look at the shark’s eye. A shark’s eye is as advanced as its hunting technique. It consists of two duplex retinas: cones and rods. Cones enable you to see in the colour whereas rods help the eye to adjust to light and dark by dilating and contracting the pupils to allow more or less light in. This allows the shark to see up to 15 meters long. The shark’s eye is made up of the normal elements like a human’s eyes such as the cornea, lens, retina, pupil and [...]

By |2018-11-26T09:35:08+00:00May 2nd, 2017|Categories: Sharks|Tags: |Comments Off on The Shark Eye…..eye eye Captain

Fukushima

Let's Talk Fact about Fukushima Fukushima According to The Guardian, “Extremely high radiation levels have been recorded inside a damaged reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, almost six years after the plant suffered a triple meltdown.” Atmospheric readings of 530 sieverts per hour! That's immediate radiation poisoning and death. With atmospheric readings as high as 530 sieverts an hour having been recorded inside the containment vessel of reactor number 2; which is one of three reactors that experienced a meltdown in March 2011, is it any wonder the sea and everything in it is out of sync!? A single dose [...]

By |2018-11-30T13:12:24+00:00April 24th, 2017|Categories: News Articles|Tags: |Comments Off on Fukushima

Digestion of a great white shark

Can you guess what it is that sharks turn inside out? Seeing sharks close by gives me butterflies in my stomach (wait… that’s love?), okay then they make my stomach growl (nope, that’s when I’m hungry)… Oh, I got it! Sharks turn my stomach inside out. No! They turn their own stomachs inside out… They can’t actually vomit instead they do something similar to vomiting: gastric eversion. This is where the stomach relaxes and oesophagus contracts to “clean” any indigestible food like licence plates, parasites or bones from the stomach lining. Let’s take a look at how a shark digests [...]

By |2018-11-30T13:19:47+00:00April 24th, 2017|Categories: Marine Life|Tags: |Comments Off on Digestion of a great white shark

Muscle and Movement of sharks

Did you know sharks can fly? Okay, not really… but the microscopic grooves, or riblets, in shark’s skin inspired the construction of an aeroplane. Did you also know there is a material created that is similar to shark skin to prevent algae settling on the hull of ships? And engineers are attempting to integrate it into hospital coatings on surfaces to reduce infections and bacterial growth. A Great White tends to attack from beneath and behind therefore it needs to be fast and stealthy to catch prey. So let’s delve into Mother Nature’s design into an apex water-based predator. A [...]

By |2018-11-30T13:24:26+00:00April 24th, 2017|Categories: Sharks|Tags: |Comments Off on Muscle and Movement of sharks