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African Shark Eco-Charters – Our Ocean Needs Our Help!

By | December 20th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

In the past 50 years, the health of our ocean has declined dramatically and now, more than ever, our ocean needs our help! A lot of people are not aware of how much we rely on our ocean and the benefits it provides to us. To name a few benefits, the ocean produces 70 - 80% of the oxygen we breathe, generates $21 trillion in ecosystem services each year, and is the main source or protein for 1/4 of the world's population. There are 5 main factors that have contributed to the declining health of our ocean, including; Over-fishing Pollutions Invasive species Habitat destruction Climate change Our ocean needs our help and actions must be taken to address these problems in order for our ocean to recover and become healthy once again. Check out this video which showcases the benefits our ocean provides to us, and how badly our ocean needs [...]

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Sharks In Deep Trouble – African Shark Eco-Charters

By | December 18th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

With tens of millions of sharks killed each year to meet the increased demand for shark fin soup, many species of sharks have been driven to the brink of extinction. The video below, "Sharks In Deep Trouble", contains rarely-seen footage that shocked thousands of South African viewers when broadcast on local television, bringing many to tears. Lesley Rochat from AfriOceans spent two years researching both legal shark longlining and illegal shark finning off the coast of South Africa, and boarded a shark longline vessel for two days to capture the insightful, yet incredibly disturbing footage of mass shark slaughter. Although South Africa is a small contributor to the world slaughter of over 100 million sharks each year, "Sharks In Deep Trouble" addresses the global predicament of sharks. WARNING: Not suitable for sensitive viewers! For further information on AfriOceans and "Sharks In Deep Trouble", check out their website. Join African Shark Eco-Charters on one of [...]

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Great White Sharks of False Bay – a definite “must see”!

By | December 12th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

Great White Sharks of False Bay - a definite "must see!" Traveler rating: "Must See!" Reviewed Dec 10, 2013 "Great white sharks trip around ... For those who like a bit of adrenaline, is the ideal place!!" Join us on one of our shark diving and “Airjaws” shark breaching trips to witness this spectacular breaching behaviour of the Great White Sharks. This is certainly something that you do not want to miss!Here is some further information on our Great White Shark breaching trips.We would consider our high season to be from May to end of August and the best months for the predation and breaching activity is during June, July and August. September is in between high and intermediate season. February and March is too early for breaching. Here our trips focus on the shark cage diving and surface viewing. Transfers: Optional: Return transfers from designated pickup points in Cape Town Duration: Approx [...]

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Western Australia Announces Great White Shark Cull

By | December 10th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

Breaching Great White Shark at Seal Island, False Bay It's official, Western Australia has announced a Great White Shark cull. After six fatal shark attacks in two years, Western Australia has implemented a new strategy to reduce fatal shark setting drum lines to catch large sharks within one kilometer of the shore, and by creating killing area zones along popular beaches in Perth and the south-west where sharks will be considered an imminent threat and killed. Really!? Fisheries Minister, Troy Buswell, said that commercial fishers will be hired to catch and kill sharks larger than three meters which enter the killing zones, although he still claims that it is not a culling policy. The latest death occurred when surfer, Chris Boyd, was attacked in Gracetown in the south-west last month, after which the decision was made to set up drum lines along the coast. Premier, Collin Barnett believes that these new measures [...]

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Great White Shark Trip With African Shark Eco-Charters – Simply Spectacular

By | December 5th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

Check out the latest review from one of our awesome guests who joined us this season. "After many hours of trying to decide on which company to go with my friend and I decided to book up for a scuba cage dive with African Shark Eco-Charters. The searching paid off as this was the best choice by far for the experience. I had been previously warned (by companies that don't use scuba) that using scuba can scare off the Great Whites and that they don't tend to come close to the cage. This is total rubbish the sharks weren't put of in the slightest with the Scuba gear and it gave you a much better view of the waters around and below and meant that you were totally submerged 100% of the time. The effort the company put in to lure the sharks in was incredible. When I looked out at other [...]

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10 Ways You Can Help Save Sharks

By | December 3rd, 2013|Tour Happening's|

Importance of sharks: Great White Shark helping to maintain the Cape Fur Seal population at Seal Island, False Bay Shark have been driven to the verge of extinction due to the increased demand for shark fin soup, and every year, in oceans around the world, tens of millions of sharks are killed to meet this demand. It is becoming more and more crucial to help save sharks as they play an important part in keeping our oceans healthy. Without sharks in our oceans, this will have a devastating effect on the balance of our marine ecosystems, which is why it is so important to help save sharks. Here are 10 ways that you can help save sharks: 1. Do not purchase or consume shark fin soup or any other shark products. This is not only for the sharks' health, but for yours too as shark meat carries warnings of high mercury [...]

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10 Interesting Facts About Great White Sharks

By | November 28th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

Great White Shark displaying the unique ability of breaching out of the water Have you ever heard of these 10 interesting facts about Great White Sharks before? Known as one of the ocean’s greatest predators, the Great White Shark has grown to become quite a hit amongst travellers and tourists through Shark Cage Diving. If you are thinking about going shark cage diving then you will find the following facts about the Great White Shark quite interesting. Here are our top 10 interesting facts about Great White Sharks: The largest Great White Shark ever recorded was caught off Cojimar, Cuba and measured 6.4 m (21 feet) and roughly 3,312 kg (7,302 pounds). The average size of a Great White Shark is between 3.5 – 4.6 m. Although the Great White Shark can reach lengths of up to 6m, it is not the largest shark in the ocean, but it is the biggest [...]

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Dolphins in False Bay

By | November 26th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

  On the African Shark Eco-Charter Great White Shark trips to Seal Island, Common Dolphins are often seen. People love dolphins and they are held in high regard, it is a common seafaring legend that to kill a Dolphin will bring bad luck to your ship, but spotting a Dolphin riding in the Ships wake is considered a good omen, and we get a lot of Dolphins riding in our wake on trips.  They are widely distributed in the offshore waters along the entire coast of South Africa and love hunting fish in the marine rich False Bay.  There are two species of common dolphin found in False Bay, the  long-beaked and short-beaked common dolphin. The main species that we  see on our trips is the long-beaked common dolphin. Physical Description & Colour Common dolphins are most closely related to Porpoises and Whales but can easily be identified by their [...]

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Why do people continue to target Great White Sharks?

By | November 26th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

Every once in a while something happens that makes us very angry here at African Shark Eco-Charters, and recently it was brought to our attention that two Anglers had landed a Great White Shark off the rocks in Mossel Bay, using  not one but two Gaff hooks with the intention of killing the Great White Shark. Any experienced angler if they caught a Great White Shark by mistake would very easily be able to cut the line as close as possible to the mouth and released the Shark. Lucky for us here in South African killing Great White Sharks is illegal to kill or target Great White Sharks as they are listed as vulnerable to extinction, but to date only one angler has been sentenced to R120 000 or 12 months in prison, for catching a Great White Shark in this very same area of Mossel Bay. It is this [...]

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Pelagic Seabirds of False Bay

By | November 26th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

The False Bay, here in Cape Town is a fascinating area, and we like to think it is the most beautiful bay in the world. It is a wide body of water with many different eco-systems, including the Kelp Forests that the Sevengill Cow Sharks love, Seal Island hunting ground of our beloved Great White Sharks,  and the secluded rocky coves a favorite birthing spot for the Southern Right Whales.  At African Shark Eco-Charters we get to experience it all, but once in a while we head out to sea past Cape Point with a group of Twitchers to see the magnificent Pelagic Seabirds that glide past our coast, circling the globe in their hunt for fish.     Our trip starts early in the morning, as we have a lot of sailing to in our ever reliable boat the Blue Pointer 2, we head out past Cape Point into [...]

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