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10 Ways You Can Help Save Sharks

By | December 3rd, 2013|Tour Happening's|

Importance of sharks: Great White Shark helping to maintain the Cape Fur Seal population at Seal Island, False Bay Shark have been driven to the verge of extinction due to the increased demand for shark fin soup, and every year, in oceans around the world, tens of millions of sharks are killed to meet this demand. It is becoming more and more crucial to help save sharks as they play an important part in keeping our oceans healthy. Without sharks in our oceans, this will have a devastating effect on the balance of our marine ecosystems, which is why it is so important to help save sharks. Here are 10 ways that you can help save sharks: 1. Do not purchase or consume shark fin soup or any other shark products. This is not only for the sharks' health, but for yours too as shark meat carries warnings of high mercury [...]

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10 Interesting Facts About Great White Sharks

By | November 28th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

Great White Shark displaying the unique ability of breaching out of the water Have you ever heard of these 10 interesting facts about Great White Sharks before? Known as one of the ocean’s greatest predators, the Great White Shark has grown to become quite a hit amongst travellers and tourists through Shark Cage Diving. If you are thinking about going shark cage diving then you will find the following facts about the Great White Shark quite interesting. Here are our top 10 interesting facts about Great White Sharks: The largest Great White Shark ever recorded was caught off Cojimar, Cuba and measured 6.4 m (21 feet) and roughly 3,312 kg (7,302 pounds). The average size of a Great White Shark is between 3.5 – 4.6 m. Although the Great White Shark can reach lengths of up to 6m, it is not the largest shark in the ocean, but it is the biggest [...]

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Dolphins in False Bay

By | November 26th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

On the African Shark Eco-Charter Great White Shark trips to Seal Island, Common Dolphins are often seen. People love dolphins and they are held in high regard, it is a common seafaring legend that to kill a Dolphin will bring bad luck to your ship, but spotting a Dolphin riding in the Ships wake is considered a good omen, and we get a lot of Dolphins riding in our wake on trips.  They are widely distributed in the offshore waters along the entire coast of South Africa and love hunting fish in the marine rich False Bay.  There are two species of common dolphin found in False Bay, the  long-beaked and short-beaked common dolphin. The main species that we  see on our trips is the long-beaked common dolphin. Physical Description & Colour Common dolphins are most closely related to Porpoises and Whales but can easily be identified by their bright, [...]

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Why do people continue to target Great White Sharks?

By | November 26th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

Every once in a while something happens that makes us very angry here at African Shark Eco-Charters, and recently it was brought to our attention that two Anglers had landed a Great White Shark off the rocks in Mossel Bay, using  not one but two Gaff hooks with the intention of killing the Great White Shark. Any experienced angler if they caught a Great White Shark by mistake would very easily be able to cut the line as close as possible to the mouth and released the Shark. Lucky for us here in South African killing Great White Sharks is illegal to kill or target Great White Sharks as they are listed as vulnerable to extinction, but to date only one angler has been sentenced to R120 000 or 12 months in prison, for catching a Great White Shark in this very same area of Mossel Bay. It is this [...]

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Pelagic Seabirds of False Bay

By | November 26th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

The False Bay, here in Cape Town is a fascinating area, and we like to think it is the most beautiful bay in the world. It is a wide body of water with many different eco-systems, including the Kelp Forests that the Sevengill Cow Sharks love, Seal Island hunting ground of our beloved Great White Sharks,  and the secluded rocky coves a favorite birthing spot for the Southern Right Whales.  At African Shark Eco-Charters we get to experience it all, but once in a while we head out to sea past Cape Point with a group of Twitchers to see the magnificent Pelagic Seabirds that glide past our coast, circling the globe in their hunt for fish. Our trip starts early in the morning, as we have a lot of sailing to in our ever reliable boat the Blue Pointer 2, we head out past Cape Point into the Atlantic [...]

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Why choose African Shark Eco-Charters for your shark cage diving trip

By | November 26th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

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! 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 share our passion and knowledge with you. African Shark Eco-Charters is owned by shark expert, Rob Lawrence, who has been working with Great White Sharks on a daily basis since 1989, and who launched the first successful Great White Shark eco-tourism operation at Seal Island in False Bay, South Africa. Rob is one of the most experienced [...]

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Sevengill Cow Shark Diving

By | November 22nd, 2013|Tour Happening's|

Cape Point Nature Reserve Here at African Shark Eco-Charters we love to introduce the amazing marine life of False Bay to our clients. We very often see Whales, Dolphins and other sharks on our trips to Seal Island to view the Great White Sharks that hunt there. And there is a lesser know shark diving trip that we offer to the Kelp Forests of Cape Point, to dive with the ancient and fascinating Sevengill Cow Sharks. Sevengill Cow Shark Diving- photo from Sevengill Cow Shark Diving is unique to the area. Set in the Marine Protected area around Cape Point, in the Kelp Forests that  so many creatures call home. This is the only place in the world where you can consistently go shark diving with these rarely seen sharks. While Sevengill Cow Sharks may look prehistoric, and appear to be slow moving they are formidable predators of seals, other sharks and fish. They are known as "wolves of [...]

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Shark Spotters of False Bay

By | November 22nd, 2013|Tour Happening's|

At African Shark Eco-Charters we love to spot sharks from our boat in False Bay. We really get up close and personal with the beautiful Great White Sharks and other sharks of the bay. It is a magical and rewarding experience.  As summer comes to False Bay however the Great White Sharks move away from Seal Island and closer inshore. They are following the fish that are drawn to the bay by the warmer conditions. It is also the time of year when the beaches are full of people enjoying the clean fresh waters of False Bay.  This can lead to the unfortunate event of a Great White mistaking a Swimmer or Surfer for a seal or fish, and tragedy can strike. Fish Hoek Beach - From Shark Spotters Webpage  The Shark Spotters program There is a plan in place to try to stop Shark Attacks on people along our shores. It is called the Shark Spotters program. Coming up to its 10th birthday, [...]

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Great White Shark Scavengers

By | November 14th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

Great White Sharks are opportunistic scavengers and will often feed on whale carcasses. Photo by Matt Dicken Great White Sharks are opportunistic scavengers and will often divulge in a free meal when they can get it, including meat from a whale carcass. Although the likelihood of a Great White Shark hunting or killing large whales is very slight, they will readily feed off a dead while that has been killed by a passing ship or drowned by entanglement. Meat from a whale carcass provides Great White Sharks with a plentiful meal which is high in energy-rich blubber. Because Great White Sharks have a slow metabolism, the plentiful food from the whale carcass allows the sharks to stock up it's reserves so that it can continue to go without feeding for a several weeks. When a whale carcass drifts past areas in which the Great White Sharks congregate, it [...]

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Marine Big 5 Of False Bay – African Shark Eco-Charters

By | November 12th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

Most people travel to South Africa to see the famous Big 5 land mammals, which include the lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. But South Africa also has another gem to offer which is becoming more and more popular, and that is the opportunity to see the marine Big 5. False Bay, South Africa is home to an abundance of marine life, and is one of the few places in the world where you can get to witness such an extensive range of marine wildlife, including the marine Big 5. The marine Big 5 of South Africa consists of the Great White Shark, Southern Right Whale, Common Dolphins, Cape Fur Seals and African Penguins. Seal Island in False Bay is world-renowned for the "flying" Great White Sharks and is undoubtedly the best place throughout the world to witness the natural predation and breaching activity of these magnificent apex predators. Seal Island is also home [...]

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