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

First time shark cage diving ?

Today I thought it would be nice to explain a bit about a shark cage diving trip with African Shark Eco-Charters, since many of our guests have never been on such an experience, it would be nice to know what to expect. Sharks amaze people around the globe. Weather you have a passion or a fear of sharks, I think its one of those topics that we always want to know more about! A shark cage diving trip is something that you really need to experience to understand these wonderful creatures

By | 2015-09-11T10:31:53+00:00 September 11th, 2015|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on First time shark cage diving ?

Red means DANGER

We’ve always associated colours with meaning; blue = cold, yellow = sunny and red = danger. So following that train of thought, the words “Red Tide” should set alarm bells ringing as a sign of something dangerous. Red Tide is a colloquialism for the out of control growth of harmful algal blooms, these are small, single cell plants that live in our oceans and freshwaters, which then produce toxic effects on fish, shellfish, marine mammals, and birds and have been known to cause illness in humans, if the contaminated fish / shell fish is consumed. These “blooms” will most often discolour [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:46+00:00 August 29th, 2015|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Red means DANGER

The Goblin Shark

The Goblin Shark…. This uniquely fascinating sea creature, in my books, is one of the rarest and most intriguing of all shark species yet to be found. This somewhat repulsive predator is probably the most unpleasant looking of all its known counter parts. However, that being said, further investigation into the life of the Goblin Shark, shows us that looks can ultimately be deceiving. When one first lays their eyes on the unsightly animal, our thoughts waver uncontrollably to prehistoric times and rightfully so. These frightfully looking animals are a rare species of deep sea shark (Mitsukurina owstoni), often called [...]

By | 2015-09-11T10:26:32+00:00 August 26th, 2015|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on The Goblin Shark

Shark Cage Diving in Simons Town, Cape Town

Today I thought I would keep to the topic of sharks of course, but taking it from a different angle, that of the operators who offer dives out of Simon’s Town, Western Cape. There are a couple of things to remember when embarking on the exciting shark cage dive, but the most important being that these are wild animals, not trained to perform and appear at our behest, but rather they grace us with their presence and we are blessed to be able to see them in their natural environment. 20+Years ago, Rob Lawrence affectionately known as the Shark Legend, [...]

By | 2017-02-01T15:56:22+00:00 August 22nd, 2015|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Shark Cage Diving in Simons Town, Cape Town