Fantastic Experience with African Shark Eco-Charters

“A fantastic experience!” Reviewed 29 April 2015 We had a great time with the Eco-Charters team. We were fortunate enough to have a good shark day at the beginning of April. We the the last of the charter boats to arrive at Seal Island - the others were already anchored and had some shark activity so our captain decided to try and get a breaching attack - not usual for this time of year - and we were successful - not a full "airjaws" experience, but a great visual of the shark breaking the water to attack the decoy! The [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:46+00:00 June 18th, 2015|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Fantastic Experience with African Shark Eco-Charters

Blue sharks

Blue sharks get their name from the beautiful blue colour of the skin on their back and sides. These sharks are extremely wide-ranging and can be found in both tropical and temperate seas, in waters between 7 and 16 degrees Celsius. They are also known for producing large litters of pups, between 4 and 135 pups at a time, with the number of pups determined by the size of the female. This species is usually found in deep waters, up to 350 metres and are considered a pelagic or blue water shark species. While out in the deep blue this [...]

By | 2015-06-14T08:44:40+00:00 June 14th, 2015|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Blue sharks

Baby sharks and shark eggs

Many sharks lay eggs, called mermaids purses, which attach to marine vegetation or rocks, while others hatch inside the female and are live born. Species in which the eggs hatch inside the female often exhibit what is called intrauterine cannibalism, where shark pups still in the womb eat their siblings and other unfertilized eggs.  Others species, such as the great white shark, have pups that grow inside the female attached to the uterus, as in mammals, with gestation lasting anywhere from five months to two years. However sharks as a class of animals will never win a parent of the [...]

By | 2015-06-06T11:23:46+00:00 June 6th, 2015|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Baby sharks and shark eggs

Shark Teeth

The part that scares people most about sharks has got to be all those sharp and pointy teeth, but you can actually tell a lot about sharks based on their teeth.   Most well publicized are the serrated triangular upper teeth of great white sharks, perfect for tearing into their prey, the Cape fur seal. However what most people don’t know is that juvenile white sharks actually have small unserrated needle-like teeth more like those seen on ragged tooth, mako and bull sharks. Now you may wonder how and why that would be, the answer is simple, juvenile white sharks [...]

By | 2015-06-06T11:22:37+00:00 June 6th, 2015|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Shark Teeth

The Seven Gilled Cow Sharks of False Bay

The Seven Gilled Cow Sharks of False Bay. Interestingly enough all sharks once possessed seven pairs of gill slits. Through evolution and many, years of defining, some shark species lost a pair or two of their gill slits. The broadnose sevengill however did not. The seven gills, or Cow Sharks, as we prefer to call them, have been around for millions of years, and fascinatingly enough have not had the urge to evolve much at all. The old naval base of Simon’s Town in the southern peninsula, offers one of the most fantastic shore diving sights in the world. Amidst [...]

By | 2015-09-07T19:45:33+00:00 May 20th, 2015|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on The Seven Gilled Cow Sharks of False Bay

Being Shark Smart in the Water this Summer

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 shark smart 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 [...]

By | 2017-06-07T16:34:17+00:00 October 31st, 2014|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Being Shark Smart in the Water this Summer

Seven Gill Cow Shark Diving with African Shark Eco Charters

The Cow Shark is characterized by an extra pair, or pairs of Gill Slits. There are 37 species in the family Hexanchidae, but the one being discussed here is the Spotted Cow Shark, or 7 Gill Cow Shark.  These incredibly inquisitive creatures are known as the most primitive of all Sharks; due to the fact their skeletons resemble those of ancient extinct forms, with extremely modern adaptions.   Why this Shark is so interesting is due to the seventh Gill slit that it hosts. Being ovoviviparous, the mother carries the egg cases inside her until they hatch, and they feed [...]

By | 2018-03-06T13:28:50+00:00 September 29th, 2014|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Seven Gill Cow Shark Diving with African Shark Eco Charters

The Great White Shark season at African Shark Eco Charters draws to a close

End of the season Far too soon it seems my season with African Shark Eco Charters has come to an end. How the months have flown by so fast I have no idea, but what a time its been! I am so lucky to have shared it with a huge number of people from around the world on a daily basis! The guests we’ve had on board have been so much fun, all incredibly varied –different cultures, languages and ages (from 8 to 80!), but almost without exception each and everyone has gone away with a new respect (or a [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:51+00:00 September 25th, 2014|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on The Great White Shark season at African Shark Eco Charters draws to a close

End of my Shark Season

End of the season Far too soon it seems my season with African Shark Eco Charters has come to an end. How the months have flown by so fast I have no idea, but what a time its been! I am so lucky to have shared it with a huge number of people from around the world on a daily basis! The guests we’ve had on board have been so much fun, all incredibly varied –different cultures, languages and ages (from 8 to 80!), but almost without exception each and everyone has gone away with a new respect (or a [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:51+00:00 September 25th, 2014|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on End of my Shark Season

Heading towards the end of shark season

Heading towards the end of shark season Due to a bad weather front passing through False Bay, African Shark Eco Charters was unable to go to sea 3 days running, so our trip on Friday was a complete lottery. As we are heading towards the end of the season the shark behaviour becomes more and more unpredictable, so we had no idea what to expect from our morning.   Thanks to our guests arriving nice and early at the jetty, approaching Seal Island in the dawn allowed us a great start to the day with several great predation activities. I [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:51+00:00 September 18th, 2014|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Heading towards the end of shark season