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Shark Cage Diving Trip Report – 29 January 2014

By | January 29th, 2014|Tour Happening's|

Shark cage diving with African Shark Eco-Charters African Shark Eco-Charters is pleased to announce that the 2014 Great White Shark season has officially opened in False Bay, and we ran our first official shark cage diving trip of the season today. Even though we had good shark activity on our "test run" out to Seal Island last week Thursday, we were still not too sure what to expect for out trip today as it is still so early in the season, but we were extremely hopeful. We had a small group of guests on board with us this morning and even though they were aware that sightings could not be guaranteed, they were all willing to give it a go and were hoping to get a glimpse of our ocean's most feared, yet misunderstood predator. But it all worked out very well in the end and our clients left us feeling very ecstatic [...]

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Shark Attack Survivor Slams WA Shark Cull

By | January 16th, 2014|Tour Happening's|

Australian navy diver and shark attack survivor, Paul de Gelder, recently described the Western Australian shark cull as a "stupid" and "knee-jerk reaction". Paul de Gelder lost a leg and a forearm due to an attack by a bull shark while practicing exercises in Sydney Harbour in 2009. But despite his past experience, he continues to speak out in defense of the sharks in our oceans, and has lots to say when it comes to the planned slaughter of sharks in Western Australia with the new shark cull policy. It is always a tragedy when someone loses their life to a shark attack and our hearts go out to the family and friends of shark attack victims, but the WS shark cull policy is not the solution to preventing shark attacks in the area. Many Australians were banding together in opposition of the WA shark cull, including rallies in Western Australia [...]

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Shark Attack Survivors Join Together To Help Save Sharks

By | January 14th, 2014|Tour Happening's|

African Shark Eco-Charters loves it when people take a stand to help save sharks, and we just have to applaud these group of shark attack survivors who have joined together to help save sharks in our oceans. A group of nine shark attack survivors, including Australian navy diver Paul de Gelder, gathered at the United Nations in New York to shed light on the fact that their attackers, including the Great White Shark, desperately need protecting. They have lost legs, arms, and ankle parts, and yet they still believe that our ocean's greatest predators have more to reason to fear the water than us humans do - and we at African Shark Eco-Charters have to agree. With around 73 million sharks being killed annually to meet the demand for shark fin soup in Asia, excessive overfishing is driving many species to the brink of extinction and now more than ever, we need to [...]

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Latest Studies Show Great White Sharks Can Live Up To 70 Years

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

Great White Sharks were originally thought to only live up to around 25 - 30 years old, but a new study suggests that their lifespan may be far longer than previously thought, and that Great White Sharks may actually live well into their 70's! Previous research relied on counting the growth band pairs on a sharks vertebrae to determine it's age and growth rate, much like counting the rings on a tree, under the assumption that each band was equal to one year. Although, in many cases,  this method is effective and true for part of or all of a specie's life, at some point growth rates and age are not necessarily in sync. Growth rates typically slow as sharks age and deposition rates in vertebrae can change once sharks reach sexual maturity, resulting in band pairs which are so thin that they are unreadable Therefore, the age of a shark is [...]

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WA Goverment Not Backing Down On Shark Cull Plan, Despite Protests

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

Photo: A protester holds a sign during the anti-shark culling rally on Saturday. Audience submitted: Peter Best Despite a 4,000-strong crowd which gathered at Cottesloe Beach in Perth this past Saturday to protest the latest controversial shark cull plan, the WA Government says that it will not be backing down on their decision. The shark cull plan - which will only target sharks over three metres according to the WA Government - was announced after seven fatal shark attacks off the WA coast in three years. Protestors gathered to vent their anger about the plan to use baited lines to kill large sharks off selected swimming beaches, and environmentalists have tried to argue that there is overwhelming evidence that proves that killing sharks will not prevent attacks. Sharks have been living in the world’s oceans for millions of years before us, and we are intruding into their habitat [...]

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Surfer Against WA Shark Cull Order – African Shark Eco-Charters

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

African Shark Eco-Charters applauds this powerful article written by writer and fellow surfer, Samuel Carmody, in response to the recent shark cull order put in place by the Western Australian Government. You can view the original article on The Drum website. A surfer's defence of the great white shark By Samuel Carmody Surfers should be at the frontline of protests planned for this weekend against the policy to kill large sharks in Western Australia, writes Samuel Carmody. My father introduced me to surfing when I was seven or eight years old, carrying me into the beach breaks off my childhood town of Geraldton whilst I lay on my foam board, terrified of a small sea that had then seemed huge, crying like a newborn being introduced to another bewildering world. "You're trying to kill me," were the words I'd bleated, over and over. I remember that moment clearer than any [...]

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3 Studies On Great White Sharks In False Bay Completed In 2013

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

False Bay, South Africa is home to one of the World's largest populations of Great White Sharks, and provides a unique setting in which humans and sharks have had to learn how to co-exist. Shark Spotters is a pioneering shark safety programme which improves beach safety in False Bay by means of shark warnings and emergency assistance in the event of a shark incident. The Shark Spotters Programme contributes to research on shark ecology and behaviour, raises public awareness about shark-related issues, and provides employment opportunities and skills development for Shark Spotters. Alison Kock, the Research Manager for Shark Spotters, has spent the past eight years researching the behavior of Great White Sharks in False Bay for her PHD, and during 2013, she has completed three studies on the Great White Sharks along with the help of Save Our Seas. Here are a few interesting findings that resulted from the research of the Great [...]

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72 Drumlines To Be Set Under New Shark Hazard Mitigation Policy

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

Under Western Australia's Government's new "shark hazard mitigation" policy, two specially monitored zones will be declared off the metropolitan and South West coastlines between September and April, and 72 drumlines are to be set up 1km from the shoreline and fished until May 2014. Any shark greater than 3m in length found swimming within the monitored zones will be caught and destroyed by commercial fisherman, including endangered species such as the Great White Shark, and some other species not necessarily even considered a threat to humans. These harsh and unforgivable measures were put in place after the most recent shark bite fatality in November in order to reduce the number of shark attacks in the future. According to a recent article published in The West Australian publication on the 14th of December, there were more than 15 instances since the 9th of December where sharks larger than 3m were spotted inside [...]

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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! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uo8K1-BVtNw#t=359 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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