The return of the Great White Sharks to False Bay

Let’s Talk About It…Their Return The return of the great white sharks to False Bay In False Bay, it’s been a very long and painful stretch; an 8 week and 6 day stretch to be exact. But now, and I say this with cautious optimism; “they are back!” Our sharks seem to have returned to our Island, bringing with them, a couple juveniles, 2 meter juveniles, that jump and hunt with inexperienced skill, and as yet a little on the cautious side, not too sure of our boats. But then there is the lovely lady; a 3.5 meter girl, with [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:45+00:00 June 15th, 2016|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on The return of the Great White Sharks to False Bay

Great Whites Missing from False Bay

Great Whites Missing from False Bay? Let’s Talk About it… Ok, so as I am quite sure, you have read somewhere, if not on our Facebook page, then possibly TripAdvisor, that the False Bay Great White Sharks have been pretty much non-existent for several weeks now. This is true! It could be global warming or el nino, but the reason for this behaviour is not entirely 100% figured out yet, though it did happen last year as well, albeit a little later in the year. So we have absolutely no doubts as to whether they will return or not, our [...]

By | 2017-02-01T15:36:00+00:00 June 6th, 2016|Press|Comments Off on Great Whites Missing from False Bay

A day in the life of a bookings coordinator

A day in the life of a bookings coordinator Ever wonder what happens behinds the scenes of your shark trip? Every booking and phone call made and question asked…yes, even those random requests for restaurant recommendations are responded to and coordinated by the bookings team here at African Shark Eco-Charters. Our job is to make sure you actually experience the shark cage dive and tour. Here is what an ordinary day looks like for us… 08:45AM- Open the shop for the day Right on the harbour at the Simons Town Waterfront Centre is where we’re based. Having undergone a revamped [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:45+00:00 May 19th, 2016|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on A day in the life of a bookings coordinator

Let’s Talk About The Cow Shark…

Let’s Talk About The Cow Shark… Yup, you heard me, I said cow shark! Of course this is not real! So, a cow shark hey? And yet there is nothing about this shark that is even closely cow related, no udders, no black and white markings, no “moo” sounds, nothing! In fact, the seven gill cow shark is so different from a cow that understanding why they have been given this name, could prove unsuccessful, but let’s see what we can find.The broad nosed seven gill cow shark is the only one in its family that enjoys the temperate coastal [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:45+00:00 May 17th, 2016|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Let’s Talk About The Cow Shark…

Lets talk about Shark Cage Diving now!

Let’s Talk Shark Cage Diving and Its Impact… I wanted to chat a little about Shark Cage Diving and the impact it has on the relationship between humans and the sharks association of food. It so happened that I was asked this very question the other day, as it seems there are still some folk who believe that Shark Cage Diving somehow is responsible for shark attacks. The argument for the debate makes mention of chumming to attract sharks, while people wait in a cage to see them. And this is really the only argument they present, but in fairness, [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:45+00:00 May 4th, 2016|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Lets talk about Shark Cage Diving now!

Let’s talk about the CookieCutter Shark

Let’s Talk About The CookieCutter Shark So this cute, and very odd looking little shark, is part of the dogfish family, similar in colour with no anal fin, the cookiecutter shark grows to between 40cm and 60cm in length. Some people refer to this shark as the cigar shark because of its “cigar-like” shape, but it’s cookiecutter name comes from the bite marks it leaves on / in its prey. Ever baked cookies? If you have, you’ll know they don’t just fall into those cute shapes, you use a cookie cutter. The cookiecutter shark’s bite leaves a round cookie cutter [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:45+00:00 April 22nd, 2016|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Let’s talk about the CookieCutter Shark

Let’s talk about Orca’s

Let’s talk about Orcas’… When I say “Orca”, what is the picture your mind conjures? If you are a little older, I am sure the movie “Free Willy” immediately jumps to mind! Big beautiful black and white whales…well actually the Orca, more commonly known as the “Killer Whale” is not a whale at all! The Orca is actually the largest member of the dolphin family, which you can kind of see it when you take a look and listen to them. As with dolphins, Orcas’ are very social creatures and swim the oceans of the world in pods of up [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:45+00:00 April 22nd, 2016|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Let’s talk about Orca’s

Lets talk about the Dogfish Shark

Let’s talk about the Dogfish Shark… It’s an underwater dog…no it isn’t… Despite the name and silly picture; (not real), this shark looks nothing like a dog, well not any regular dogs I know anyway!   The dogfish shark is believed to be the most prolific shark is existences today, strange that, seeing as I bet very few people even know this shark exists, despite it having many different names like, piked dogfish, skittledog, codshark, spotted dogfish throndog and white spotted dogfish. Why the name spiny dogfish shark, is anyone’s guess, other than the dorsal fin that has spines, there [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:46+00:00 April 8th, 2016|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Lets talk about the Dogfish Shark

Let’s Talk About The Great White Shark…part one

Let’s Talk About The Great White Shark…part one I know so much has already been said about the Great White Shark and yet not enough is known! I want to talk a little about the myths surrounding them in this blog, if you will indulge me? Most people think of movies of the likes of Jaws and Open Water, when they hear the word “shark” or even worse “Great White Shark”, but these are unfair portrayals of these magnificent and little known animals! The bloodthirsty image as shown in these movies, are the overactive imaginings of the directors in order [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:46+00:00 March 14th, 2016|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Let’s Talk About The Great White Shark…part one

My Shark Cage Dive Adventure…Part two

My Shark Cage Dive Adventure…Part two We were joined on the top look out deck by a young lady and her aunt, whom we later found out, was the “fun” aunt the one that went along on all the 16 year olds adrenaline fuelled adventures! My hubby was telling anyone who would listen that he was “the king of the world” while holding onto the safety rails with a firm grip. The trip to Seal Island took us about 30 uneventful minutes, which when in the middle of the ocean, is the way you want it, uneventful. If given time [...]

By | 2017-12-10T06:19:36+00:00 March 14th, 2016|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on My Shark Cage Dive Adventure…Part two