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The sharks are back in Town

By | July 14th, 2016|Tour Happening's|

With back to back morning and afternoon trips to Seal Island, it's safe to say our Great White Shark friends are back! On average we have been having 3-6 different Great White Sharks around our boat on a Dive Trip and even more number of predations in the am trips. It was great to see some return Great White Sharks from the previous seasons (which we've named individually according to distinct markings) and some new ones too. Today, Wednesday 13th July 2016 we were greeted by our biggest Great White Shark of the season, which was estimated to be around 5M+. She left the crew and guests speechless after putting on a show for us to remember! On another note, the 30 minute rides to and from Seal Island have been nothing but spectacular. We have been accompanied by pods of Common Dolphins, our usual Brydes Whales and the occasional [...]

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The return of the Great White Sharks to False Bay

By | June 15th, 2016|Tour Happening's|

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 a girth well worth the mention, and she just loved our boat and cage! Not even our experienced bait man, Wellington could get our decoy away from her in time. She “played” and let us all see why these creatures are some of our favourites! She swam a figure of [...]

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Great Whites Missing from False Bay

By | June 6th, 2016|Press|

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 only question is: “when?” We have been going “to sea” … get it, the pun? … about twice a week since the beginning of their disappearance, and now find ourselves around the same time they returned last year, so we are counting on history repeating itself and are eagerly awaiting [...]

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A day in the life of a bookings coordinator

By | May 19th, 2016|Tour Happening's|

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 recently, the shop is looking shiny and new and the new merchandise is already flying off the new shelves! 09:00AM- Call Rob As soon as the store is setup and ready to receive shoppers and guests, we get in touch with Rob to find out how the morning shark tour [...]

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Lets talk about Shark Cage Diving now!

By | May 4th, 2016|Tour Happening's|

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, I guess one has to accept that this argument is fuelled by fear, and not so much an informed study, because if these folks had taken the time to check out the facts, they would realise that the argument, doesn’t really hold much water. Let’s have a look why; firstly [...]

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Lets talk about the Dogfish Shark

By | April 8th, 2016|Tour Happening's|

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 is nothing “doggish” about this shark. I guess their social behaviour and hunting methods could have been a contributing factor, as they hunt in packs, like dogs. This little fella’ is representative of many different species within this family, including the massive Greenland Shark and the cute Cookie-Cutter Shark. “Spiny” [...]

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Shark Poem by African Shark Eco-Charters

By | October 16th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

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 his side. But first, this whole week has been a great build up of shark activity. Dare I say it, every trip has been near on perfect. We have had a brilliant mixture of great guests, and memorable shark activity. Since the few bad weather days in False Bay last [...]

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Unpredictable White Sharks this week

By | October 16th, 2015|Interesting Articles|

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 waited for over 2 hours for a viewing. For our afternoon trip that day we explained the situation to the guests, and told them to expect longer than usual waiting time – especially as it was a fully booked boat with everyone wanting to go into the cage. However, the [...]

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Red means DANGER

By | August 29th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

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 the water tainting it red, reddish brown and sometimes orange, bringing us back to the common name; “Red Tide.” At night and with a florescent light, this phenomenon, can actually look quite beautiful. Though every coastal town / city has at some point in their history and more than once, [...]

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The Goblin Shark

By | August 26th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

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 a ‘Living Fossil’. It is the only member of the family Mitsukurinidae, which is still around, 125 million years old lineage. Now that is impressive! The Physical appearance of the Goblin Shark is what intrigues me the most. It has a pinky colouration, making them extremely unique, ranging from pinkish [...]

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