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What is it like to come face-to-face with a Great White Shark?

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

Join African Shark Eco-Charters and let us fulfill your dream of coming face-to-face with a Great White Shark What is it like to come face-to-face with a Great White Shark? Have you ever wanted to know what it's like to come face-to-face with a Great White Shark, or have you ever had the privilege of being part of the lucky few people that have? There is no denying that the Great White Shark is the most feared, yet most misunderstood shark in our oceans, and our aim at African Shark Eco-Charters is to change the perceptions of our guests so that they can all go home with a new found respect and understanding of these magnificent animals. We love the rewarding feeling when guests come off our boat after their dream has been fulfilled of coming face-to-face with a Great White Shark, and their fear of these apex predators has [...]

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Different Breaching Techniques Used By Great White Sharks

By | October 31st, 2013|Tour Happening's|

Following our previous blog post on the anti-predatory strategies of the Cape Fur Seals at Seal Island, here is a post which focuses on the different breaching techniques used by Great White Sharks when hunting for prey. Over millions of years, Great White Sharks have adapted their hunting techniques to include breaching as an effective means to hunt certain species of prey. Seal Island in  False Bay, South Africa is home to the "flying" Great White Sharks, and offers the unique opportunity to witness the highest number of natural predatory events between Great White Sharks and Cape Fur Seals in the world. Great White Sharks rely on stealth, camouflage and speed when hunting, and the breaching technique is most effective as it provides the Great White Sharks with an element of surprise as they explode from the water with explosive speed to capture their prey. A massive "Polaris" breach in pursuit of the [...]

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Anti-predatory Strategies of Cape Fur Seals

By | October 29th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

Natural predation by Great White Sharks on Cape Fur Seals   Anti-predatory strategies of Cape Fur Seals are often observed at Seal Island in False Bay, South Africa. Seal Island provides unique opportunities to observe natural predation by Great White Sharks on Cape Fur Seals, and to observe social interactions among both species. Cape Fur Seals are constantly aware of the imminent threat of Great White Sharks in the area, which is heightened during the winter months (June - August), when the predation of Great White Sharks on Cape Fur Seals is most intense. Cape Fur Seals have their own unique techniques to detect, avoid, outmaneuver and sometimes injure the Great White Shark in order to survive. These anti-predatory strategies of Cape Fur Seals primarily rely on vigilance and agility to outsmart their attacker. Great Whites often sport numerous scratches on their heads, most likely caused by seals defending themselves [...]

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Tell-Tale Signs Of A Great White Shark Natural Predation Event

By | October 24th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

Natural predation of a Great White Shark on a Cape Fur Seal Natural predation is one of the most fundamental interactions in nature and one of the most fascinating interactions to observe, but natural predation is rarely observed in the wild. Seal Island, in False Bay, South Africa, provides unique opportunities to observe natural predation by Great White Sharks on Cape Fur Seals and to observe social interactions among both species. Here are a few tell-tale signs that a natural predation even is happening in the  area: Incoming seals abruptly changing course, Seals suddenly switching from porpoising to rapid zig-zag leaping, A group of travelling seals suddenly exploding from the water in multiple directions, A Great White Shark breaching, with or without a seal in its mouth, A bloody splash, often accompanied by a spreading oily slick, or Kelp Gulls or other seabirds wheeling over or plunging repeatedly toward [...]

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African Shark Eco-Charters – No More Shark Fin Soup In China?

By | October 22nd, 2013|Tour Happening's|

According to a recent article published in The Independent, the demand for shark fins and shark fin soup in China has plunged, and there is fresh hope for sharks around the world. The article  sheds some light that the consumption of shark fin soup in China has reduced significantly by 50 - 70% in the past two years, and that shark fin soup has been banned from official banquets thanks to a government campaign against extravagance, a former NBA star, an amalgamation of Chinese business leaders, celebrities and students. Shark fins left to dry on a rooftop. © The Independent More than 70 million sharks were killed last year to satisfy the greedy demand from China's wealthy for shark fin soup, which is really devastating to hear. The team at African Shark Eco-Charters are very pleased to see that positive changes are starting to take effect. Sharks are an important part of [...]

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Are Great White Sharks the Apex Predator in False Bay

By | October 22nd, 2013|Tour Happening's|

Are Great White Sharks the Apex Predator in False Bay? We have a perfect job at African Shark Eco-Charters, being able to go out everyday in the marine rich environment of False Bay, we get the chance to see first hand many of the wonderful species that we share this bay with. Many people when they hear the word “shark” in False Bay immediately  think of great white sharks. But, False Bay is home to an incredible  diversity of sharks, rays, skates and chimeras’(all cartilaginous fish)  with 27 different species, representing 15 families recorded in the  inshore waters of the bay. Most of these are potential prey for great  whites, especially the hound sharks, bronze whalers and guitar sharks.  As the saying goes "Man cannot live on Bread alone" :the same can be said for Great White Sharks, they cannot survive on a diet of only Seal. So they hunt [...]

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Swimming Safely in False Bay this Summer

By | October 22nd, 2013|Tour Happening's|

      With summer on its way and the Great White Sharks moving closer inshore, our shark cage diving season in False Bay has officially come to an end, and African Shark Eco-Charters thought it would be a good idea to remind everyone to keep swimming safely in the water and to obey the Shark Spotter’s Flag Warning System.   Considering the number of people who use the ocean on a daily basis, the actual number of attacks by Great White Sharks is extremely low. People are not the natural prey of the Great White Sharks. Everyone entering the ocean should do so at their own discretion,  knowing that they are entering a wild environment in which sharks  naturally live. We are entering their territory; they are not coming into ours.   Shark Safety Tips If people exercise caution and are aware of their environment, the risk of an attack can [...]

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African Shark Eco-Charters: Excellent Great White Shark Tour With Rob Lawrence

By | October 17th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

“Excellent Great White Shark tour with Rob Lawrence - Would do it again” Reviewed October 14, 2013 "We had a great Great White Shark cage diving tour with Rob Lawrence and his magnificent father, on September 24, saw lots of Great White Sharks, two chases after seals. What could we say, a BIG thanks to Rob, as well as for Rob's father and the rest of the team. We will recommend you to whoever wants to go and do shark cage diving. All the best from Israel" Join African Shark Eco-Charters for the best Great White Shark tour. Visited September 2013

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Exploring The Anatomy Of The Great White Shark

By | October 15th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

Exploring The Anatomy Of The Great White Shark Have you ever wanted to take a look inside the body of a Great White Shark to see what make it such formidable apex predator? Check out this link on the anatomy of the Great White Shark on the National Geographic website. http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/wild/shark-attack-experiment-live/interactives/great-white-anatomy/   Natural predation by Great White Sharks on Cape Fur Seals Predation of the Great White Shark Predation is one of the most fundamental interactions in nature and one of the most fascinating interactions to observe, but predation is rarely observed in the wild. Seal Island, in False Bay, South Africa, provides unique opportunities to observe natural predation by Great White Sharks on Cape Fur Seals and to observe social interactions among both species. Methods used in the study of the Great White Sharks and Cape Fur Seals As part of a larger study instigated by Rob Lawrence of African Shark Eco-Charters and a colleague, predator-prey interactions [...]

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The Facts about Chumming

By | October 15th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

The Facts about Chumming In light of the tragic attack on a Snorkeler in Jeffery's Bay on Thursday, the issue of Chumming has raised its ugly head again, the media does like to point fingers at Shark Dive operations accusing them of chumming without any real research so we thought we would clarify African Shark Eco-Charter's stand on Chumming, and if it affects the Sharks behavior along the beaches. Chumming is a type of scent trail that that attracts fish, sharks, etc, to an area, or boat. It may be man made or natural. An example of a natural scent trail is a seal colony, bird colony, a dead whale or seal carcass even dead birds. An example of a man made scent trail would be for an example, fisherman using mashed up anchovies/pilchards with marine oil and salt water to attract fish and or small shark species to the boat in order to catch them. Another [...]

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