Part 2. Summing up the surprises of the 2016 white shark season, Seal Island, False Bay

Part 2. Summing up the surprises of the 2016 white shark season, Seal Island, False Bay   Successfully snatched our decoy and gaping at it in the flawless water conditions   Further, seeing some of our favourite sharks returning to the boat over consecutive days, a special mention (and thanks) to some of the stars this year: “Zebra,” “Dodgey L,” “Prop,” “Jika,” “Patches,” “Captain MF Hook” “Stumpy Freddy,” “The one with the bent dorsal (Orca/Nemo)” and a few OCEARCH tagged sharks, including “Vindication” and “Maureen.” Of course once we’ve named them, we get very emotionally attached. They become like a [...]

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Summing up the surprises of the 2016 white shark season, Seal Island, False Bay

Summing up the surprises of the 2016 white shark season, Seal Island, False Bay Leigh de Necker   White sharks typically visit False Bay’s Seal Island to take advantage of vulnerable young of the year Cape fur seal pups when they start entering the water to feed. This is generally between March and September, however, this season showed a number of deviations from the expected norms. We took a trip to the Island towards the end of January and before we even had any bait in the water, we had seen a shark. We were beyond excited by the chance [...]

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Up Close and Almost Too Personal with the Great White Sharks of False Bay

  Up Close and Almost Too Personal with the Great White Sharks of False Bay with African Shark Eco Charters By Paul Danckwerts How do you write about a great white shark, it’s immense never ending silvery flanks catching the light as it scythes through the bubbly gloom six inches in front of your face? With difficulty. Just to see one of these behemoths is a privilege and an emotional one at that for anybody who knows anything about these misunderstood monsters of the deep. The Blue Pointer 2, a 36-foot vessel that sports two 300hp engines on the aft, [...]

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A Wrap of Our Season

Well, this has been my first season working with African Shark Eco-Charters and definitely not my last. Not only has my entire perseption on Great White Sharks changed since iv started working with them, but iv also grown a love for the amazing animals which at one stage didnt think was possible. Staying this, If you are one of those people (like i was) which didn't really know the facts about Great White Sharks or their behavior I highly recommend you booking a trip with us - You will be amazed! This year was a strange year for us - [...]

By | 2016-10-11T09:36:41+00:00 September 28th, 2016|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on A Wrap of Our Season

Spotlight on the endangered Silky and Thresher sharks

Spotlight on the endangered Silky and Thresher sharks at CITES 2016 Since its inception in 1980, September World Tourism Month has been a time to bring major issues facing the global tourism industry to the foreground. There are a great number of national and international conferences and meetings taking place worldwide this month including The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora or CITES, as it is more commonly known. This year’s convention is of interest to African Shark Eco-Charters because they are placing spotlight on the Silky Shark and the Thresher shark, two species [...]

By | 2017-09-05T16:50:16+00:00 September 20th, 2016|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Spotlight on the endangered Silky and Thresher sharks

Let’s Talk About It…The Basking Shark

Let’s Talk About It…The Basking Shark I so enjoyed talking about the biggest Great White Shark, Deep Blue, ever captured on film, that I decided to go find other massive sharks. Sure not Great Whites, but you would be interested to know, that the Whale Shark, is not the only huge shark about! And the Basking Shark certainly has a big mouth about it! No, I literally mean a big mouth; their mouths measure up to 3 plus feet across! A mouth that has been perfectly adapted to filter feeding, like those of the other two plankton eating sharks, the [...]

By | 2016-09-09T14:21:39+00:00 September 6th, 2016|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Let’s Talk About It…The Basking Shark

Top 10 things to do in Simons Town if your shark cage diving trip gets cancelled..continued

So we’ve cancelled your shark cage diving trip-what now? You made your online booking weeks ago, told everyone including your nosey co-worker of your upcoming Afri-venture, got on a long car or plane ride to Cape Town, and the day of your cage dive is finally here! Except -we just cancelled the trip cause of rough sea conditions or bad weather and what’s worse-you are already on your way to Simons Town! What to do now? In the last blog we offered 5 of 10 things to do when in Simons Town, here are the other 5… KAYAK OR CANOE [...]

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So we’ve cancelled your shark cage diving trip-what now?

Top 10 things to do in Simons Town if your shark cage diving trip gets cancelled You made your online booking weeks ago, told everyone including your nosey co-worker of your upcoming Afri-venture, got on a long car or plane ride to Cape Town, and the day of your cage dive is finally here! Except -we just cancelled the trip cause of rough sea conditions or bad weather and what’s worse-you are already on your way to Simons Town! What to do now? While it is a quaint seaside village at the tail end of the southern cape peninsula, Simons [...]

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Lets talk about the shark “DEEP BLUE”

Let’s Talk About Deep Blue, the biggest Great White Shark captured on camera   In the “shark community” as it were, the name “Deep Blue” is spoken in equal measures of excitement and awe! And when you understand that she is the biggest Great White Shark ever caught on film, measuring over 23 feet in length (7+ meters) with a girth just as impressive, you too will gasp in amazement, if you haven’t already! There have been other sharks also filmed of great size, but nothing quite as big as Deep Blue. She has, as of yet, only been filmed [...]

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White shark population in South Africa more vulnerable than previously thought

White shark population in South Africa more vulnerable than previously thought Sources- Eye Witness News and The Business Standard A six year University of Stellenbosch study has found that the white shark population in South Africa continues to decline despite conservation efforts. The story which was published by ewn.co.za last month says, “The latest study on great white sharks in South Africa has revealed about two-thirds of the population has been wiped out. Humans are the main culprits, thanks to shark nets, baited hooks, poaching and pollution. Of the remaining sharks, there is a drastically declining genetic variation among the [...]

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