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Peak Season shark activity drops

By | August 7th, 2014|Tour Happening's|

August 1st This has been a big learning curve of a week for African Shark Eco Charters. The great white sharks in the bay seem to have dropped in huge numbers, right in the middle of the peak season. This behaviour is totally unexpected, unprecedented and unwelcome for both us and our guests. Many ideas to explain the massive change in behaviour have been batted around, but the underlying reality is that we probably will never know why. I’m told by people who have spent many years on the water in the bay, that activity in False Bay has been very strange this year. Previous seasons they could tell you almost to the day as to what the shark activity would be like, when the whales would arrive and how long they would stay, and the months to expect dolphin activity. Every single prediction, so far, has not been met. [...]

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Sharks we have had with African Shark Eco-charters

By | July 24th, 2014|Tour Happening's|

 Sharks with African Shark Eco-Charters So today I'm going to do a bit of a recap on the sharks we have had grace us with their majestic appearances around the boat time and time again. So far this season we have been blessed with plenty different great white sharks with quite a few players that we have had the privilege of naming. We have seen two familiar great whites who have been coming back to seal island repeatedly for a few years now. One being Deux Rossi who has been repeatedly coming back to seal island for 7 years now and the other being that famous Cuz how has been coming back for a record 10 years now which is pretty dam amazing if you ask me. There has also been plenty new great white sharks that have come to give us a show around our shark cage [...]

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Great White Shark Predation’s “all round”

By | July 3rd, 2014|Tour Happening's|

Great White Shark Predation's all round   So, on Sunday ‎the 29th of June, myself and the rest of the crew here at African Shark Eco Charters set out to Seal Island here in False Bay South Africa to find ourselves some Great White Sharks. We got out to the Island around 7:20am and as we arrived we were greeted with an amazing natural predation. Birds where flying everywhere hoping to get some scraps and lucky for them they managed to get some. The predation went on for ages with the Cape Fur Seal jumping franticly, trying to evade the Great white sharks snapping Jaws. That wasn't the only natural predation of the day, this went on for just over a hour. We managed to see roughly 16 predations throughout the morning, and I'm pretty sure we missed a few while focusing on others. We anchored up arou‎nd 8:45am and [...]

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Great White Sharks are amazing animals that you just cant describe in words.

By | June 25th, 2014|Tour Happening's|

Tuesday mornings trip gave us an unforgettable moment for a full boat load of guests (and me!). The great white sharks had been very chilled out all morning, we thought due to the calm water, and we had seen no breaches. The last part of the trip was doing a slow drive past Seal Island to get a close view of the seal breeding colony. So at the far end of the island Rob kciks the engines to full steam to get us back to Simonstown harbour. At this exact second, a very young (Around 2 metres) great white shark leaps out of the water only 1 metre from the boat, does a spin in the air and then splashes down on the water! Thank goodness everyone saw it, or they would never have believed me!! Two possible explanations – either the engines scared the shark as it may have [...]

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Our new shark cage

By | June 25th, 2014|Tour Happening's|

Our new shark cage We at African Shark Eco-Charters have been dodging a lot of bad weather recently, which in high season has been especially hard on the girls in the office. Sadly we have had to say goodbye to a fantastic employee and friend, in the form of Tamsyn who has been working at African Shark Eco-Charters for 4 years. She has an exciting time ahead as she is leaving us to go to China, but we will all be very sad to see her go. However, we wish her the best of luck and I especially thank her for all the help (and laughs!) she has given me this season!  But that does mean we have welcomed a new face into the team -Roxanne who will be on hand to help with any enquiries, bookings or information! Together in this change over period they have done a sterling [...]

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Another great Great White Shark…

By | June 12th, 2014|Tour Happening's|

10th June A bout of very bad weather, combined with boat maintenance meant the last week has been very low in terms of hours at sea. Thankfully though our trips today gave me a big dose of apex predator medicine making the world seem right again! With the whole crew itching to get out on the water, the morning’s trip started with relative ease. The sun now rises quite late at around 7.30am over the mountains behind Seal Island, (I know, I know – ‘quite late’ might make you laugh, but when you get up at 5.15am, 7.30 does seem late!) which means we are bobbing around on the ocean in the near darkness. This morning with a light, very cold wind blowing, but a calm sea, we sat around the ‘Launchpad’ with 14 pairs of eyes looking out for natural predations for us to chase. We have noticed however, [...]

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Huge thank you to African Shark Eco Charters

By | June 10th, 2014|Tour Happening's|

Reviews like these make our day!   "Dear Tamsyn, Rob, Wellington, Gary… and crew,  I can't begin to express my gratitude for making an already amazing experience even more unforgettable! Your business exceeds expectations and am so happy to say that there is no other that reaches your level. I have been on 2 other boats since I found my love for being in the Whites environment and yours will always be my number one. I recommend you to all who ask as your professionalism from booking to long after launch is beyond measure!  I look forward to my next trip on the Blue Pointer, which I hope will be sooner than later.  Thank you for the entire experience. See you soon Liv"   Love Great White Sharks? Want to go on a shark cage diving or breaching trip with people who share your love for them? Then look no [...]

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The trip I almost got kissed by a great white shark.

By | June 4th, 2014|Tour Happening's|

Monday 26th May. The trip I almost got kissed by a great white shark. Ok, ok that ‘might’ be a small exaggeration and sensationalised slightly... but who wouldn’t? I will remember the moment forever!!! The start of a brand new week, Monday morning and our African Shark Eco Charters trip arrives at Seal Island for the first time in over two days (bad weather). A great group of customers have joined us, all raring to go and excited to see their first ever great white shark. A few divers on board, but none have seen a great white before. All of the three shark companies that operate out of Simonstown moored up together at the Launchpad and started trying to attract sharks.  This involves using bait, decoy, splashing and generally making a lot of noise. For the first half an hour or so there were a few sharks in the [...]

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African Shark Eco-Charters is top on Trip Advisor

By | May 29th, 2014|News Articles, Tour Happening's|

African Shark Eco-Charters is top on Trip Advisor African Shark Eco-Charters would love to extend a big thank you to all our guests for their wonderful reviews! We are delighted to have received a 2014 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, a prestigious award which recognizes businesses that consistently earn top ratings from TripAdvisor travelers!    Love Great White Sharks? Want to go on a shark cage diving or breaching trip with people who share your love for them? Then look no further as African Shark Eco-Charters is the perfect choice for you! Here are some reasons why you should choose our company. African Shark Eco-Charters is a top shark cage diving company operating in False Bay and, having been in operation since 1996, we have become true experts in the field. We specialize in shark cage diving, breaching, viewing and filming trips. Great White Sharks  are our life and our love, and we are privileged to be able to [...]

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Great White Sharks On Fire At Seal Island

By | May 27th, 2014|Tour Happening's|

  It's here! Winter has arrived and she's greeting us with strong winds, lots of rain and great viz to come. On recent shark cage diving trips to Seal Island in False Bay‎ we have noticed a large increase of Great White Sharks ranging from mostly new sharks and a few of the old faces too. One shark in particular we have seen a few times on natural predations, scavenges and he has even breached on our decoy seal once or twice. We like to call him chopper due to a large portion of his dorsal fin being chopped off. Up until a couple days ago chopper had never come to the boat but rather focused on hunting around the island instead but the other day he decided to come pay us a visit giving the cage a few passes. Chopper is a rather large Great White Shark pushing 4.5m [...]

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