Shark Skeleton

Have you ever wondered what the inside of a shark looks like? No? Well I have. Interestingly a shark doesn’t actually have bones or a skeleton- per se. Did you know that, like a tree, you could tell a shark’s age by counting the rings in their bones? And that they aren’t like a normal piece of snoek with thousands of little bones because they do not have true bones like other fish. This is also, why a ray can “flap” like a bird. A shark is in fact made up of a lighter, flexible cartilage that is more elastic [...]

By | 2018-03-09T07:49:05+00:00 March 29th, 2017|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on Shark Skeleton

Let’s Talk About It, The Orca

Let’s Talk About It, The Orca   With all the “boo-ha-ha” in Gansbaai, regarding the appearance of 4 Orcas in the bay, which seemed to coincide with the disappearance of the Great White Shark population from the famous Shark Alley, I thought I would take a deeper look into this phenomenon, of course only once the sharks had returned. There seems to be differing beliefs here, some on the side of the Orca, saying they are not responsible for the disappearance of the Great Whites, as they are not a threat and others who believe they are a threat and [...]

By | 2017-04-24T07:02:50+00:00 March 24th, 2017|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on Let’s Talk About It, The Orca

Let’s Talk About It…Sandbar Shark

Let’s Talk About It…Sandbar Shark The Sandbar Shark is found in temperate and tropical waters, from the Western Atlantic, between Massachusetts and southern Brazil; in the eastern Atlantic from Portugal to Zaire; and in the Indo-Pacific from South Africa, our very own False Bay and KZN to the Galapagos and from Vietnam to New Caledonia. Also occurring in the Red Sea and Mediterranean, this shark is gorgeous. Not taking anything away from the others, but this little guy is just a stocky, solid shark, makes me think of a Staffie. He gets his name from being blue-greyish brown in colour [...]

By | 2017-05-04T13:37:17+00:00 March 8th, 2017|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on Let’s Talk About It…Sandbar Shark

Let’s Talk About Shark Cage Diving with ASEC

Let’s Talk About Shark Cage Diving with ASEC BE A PART OF THE GREAT WHITE SHARK “ULTIMATE AIRJAWS” EXPERIENCE AND JOIN US ON ONE OF OUR COMBINATION TRIPS OUT OF FALSE BAY – SIMONS TOWN Book the ultimate in adventure experiences with a combination Great White Shark breaching, viewing and cage dive trip out of Simons Town, which is a mere 45 mins drive from the centre of Cape Town. Take the Great White Shark cage dive to another level with scuba, no experience necessary as we make use of the Hookah method, but a rudimentary understanding and swimming ability [...]

By | 2017-04-04T14:35:07+00:00 February 17th, 2017|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Let’s Talk About Shark Cage Diving with ASEC

Let’s Talk About It…Puffadder Shyshark

Let’s Talk About It…Puffadder Shyshark Found in False Bay, amongst other areas in the Western Cape through to Angola, this shark is a species of catshark! What? Catshark, really? Yes, really and not because it looks like this! It is also known as a “Happy Eddie” but that is easier to explain, as its scientific name is Haploblepharus Edwardsii, you can see how that came to pass right? A small shark, growing to a maximum of 60cm in length (24 inches), it can be found at depth of up to 130 meters (426 feet) in rocky bottoms or habitats. It [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:45+00:00 November 24th, 2016|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on Let’s Talk About It…Puffadder Shyshark

Let’s Talk About It…Shortfin Mako Shark

Let’s Talk About It…Shortfin Mako Shark Another amazing shark to be found in the waters +- 25 miles off from False Bay amongst other temperate waters is the Shortfin Mako. Not to be confused with its cousin, the Longfin Mako; which grows to an average of 4.5 meters, the Shortfin Mako grows to a maximum of 2.5 meters weighing in at approximately 100 kilograms. As is the fact of the Longfin Mako, the Shortfin Mako is also exceptionally fast, the cheetah of the ocean if you will, reaching and surpassing 97 kph (60 mph) for extended periods of time. Sometimes [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:45+00:00 November 24th, 2016|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on Let’s Talk About It…Shortfin Mako Shark

Let’s Talk About It…Hound Shark

Let’s Talk About It…Hound Shark Found in False Bay waters through to Angola and the temperate waters of the East Atlantic, this shark doesn’t look anything like any hounds I know…they do not try to disguise themselves either, with their greyish – brown colouring, they can be found swimming at varying depths of between 16.5 and 1140 feet! (5 to 347 meters) Enjoying the ocean bed, they can sometimes be found at mid-water level too, so not surface feeders as we have with the Great White Shark. At a maximum of 3.6 feet (1.10 meters) in the males and 5.4 [...]

By | 2017-04-24T07:04:23+00:00 October 25th, 2016|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on Let’s Talk About It…Hound Shark

Part 2. Summing up the surprises of the 2016 white shark season, Seal Island, False Bay

Part 2. Summing up the surprises of the 2016 white shark season, Seal Island, False Bay   Successfully snatched our decoy and gaping at it in the flawless water conditions   Further, seeing some of our favourite sharks returning to the boat over consecutive days, a special mention (and thanks) to some of the stars this year: “Zebra,” “Dodgey L,” “Prop,” “Jika,” “Patches,” “Captain MF Hook” “Stumpy Freddy,” “The one with the bent dorsal (Orca/Nemo)” and a few OCEARCH tagged sharks, including “Vindication” and “Maureen.” Of course once we’ve named them, we get very emotionally attached. They become like a [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:45+00:00 October 11th, 2016|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Part 2. Summing up the surprises of the 2016 white shark season, Seal Island, False Bay

Summing up the surprises of the 2016 white shark season, Seal Island, False Bay

Summing up the surprises of the 2016 white shark season, Seal Island, False Bay Leigh de Necker   White sharks typically visit False Bay’s Seal Island to take advantage of vulnerable young of the year Cape fur seal pups when they start entering the water to feed. This is generally between March and September, however, this season showed a number of deviations from the expected norms. We took a trip to the Island towards the end of January and before we even had any bait in the water, we had seen a shark. We were beyond excited by the chance [...]

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Up Close and Almost Too Personal with the Great White Sharks of False Bay

  Up Close and Almost Too Personal with the Great White Sharks of False Bay with African Shark Eco Charters By Paul Danckwerts How do you write about a great white shark, it’s immense never ending silvery flanks catching the light as it scythes through the bubbly gloom six inches in front of your face? With difficulty. Just to see one of these behemoths is a privilege and an emotional one at that for anybody who knows anything about these misunderstood monsters of the deep. The Blue Pointer 2, a 36-foot vessel that sports two 300hp engines on the aft, [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:45+00:00 October 11th, 2016|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Up Close and Almost Too Personal with the Great White Sharks of False Bay