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A sleepy shark week

By | April 15th, 2014|Tour Happening's|

Monday 14th April We’ve had a slightly sleepy week with the sharks this week, but although we have not had the same numbers of great white sharks around the boat, we are still lucky enough to have managed to observe some incredible great white shark behaviour. In just one morning, we saw 3 shark predations on seals within a few hundred feet of the boat! Now I’m never quite sure in these situations as to whose side I’m on; the lonesome, cute and playful seal that is splashing around well outside the ‘safe boundaries’ of Seal Island? Or the awesome, silent and majestic great white shark prowling, waiting for an easy meal. The fact that at the moment there are roughly around 15 great white sharks patrolling the 800m Seal Island, makes it highly likely that when we see a seal swimming on its own, the outcome will be an [...]

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“Airjaws” is back with the first breach of the season!

By | April 9th, 2014|Tour Happening's|

At African Shark Eco-Charters  the “AIRJAWS” shark breaching trip is the most popular. It is a combination trip of shark breaching and shark cage diving. The season for AIRJAWS starts in May, but we have been very lucky to have seen our first Breach of the year. Shark Breaching is one of the hunting techniques that great white sharks use to surprise and kill its prey. They breach with such force  and explosive energy that it propels the shark right out of the water.   The best time is just before and at sunrise and mainly at certain  area’s around the island and only for a few months of the year. This behaviour is absolutely awesome to witness in person, and if you are in Cape Town during shark season, then this trip is a “must do”. It is seen nowhere on the planet as regularly as  in False Bay and by  [...]

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Crazy Airjaws and flying sharks show their stuff

By | April 8th, 2014|Tour Happening's|

So, to all you African Shark Eco Charters fans and Great white shark enthusiasts, it's almost that time of year again when we start to see some crazy Airjaws and flying sharks! On Monday ‎the 7th of April we started off the day with a bang... just off the southern side of Seal Island in False Bay we came across a huge pod of about a thousand Common Dolphin which was quite a treat. Its the same pod of Common Dolphin that we have been seeing over the past few weeks around Seal Island. They seem to be here in False Bay due to the large number of bait fish (Sardines) that are swimming in the warm waters. After the Common Dolphin we continued on towards Seal Island. When we arrived our skipper Rob Lawrence said that the conditions were perfect to tow our little decoy seal also known as [...]

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Some more Wonderful Reviews on Trip Advisor

By | March 21st, 2014|General, Tour Happening's|

Here at African Shark Eco-Charters we love it when our past guests are able to write about their trips on Trip Advisor, it gives our future Guests a chance to see what to expect from their trips with us.  We received the following comments last week from past guests and they all make for wonderful reading.                                               Seal Island At Dawn     “Had A Great Time”    Reviewed 5 March 2014   We loved going out with African Shark Eco-Charters to see the sharks in False Bay. We saw a few sharks, but as it had been very windy the day before, visibility in the shark cage in the water was very poor. They gave us a free voucher for another trip to compensate. I thought this was a really nice gesture and showed a high level of professionalism. The crew was incredibly knowledgeable and clearly passionate about the sharks. On the way [...]

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Great White Sharks of False Bay – a definite “must see”!

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

Great White Sharks of False Bay - a definite "must see!" Traveler rating: "Must See!" Reviewed Dec 10, 2013 "Great white sharks trip around ... For those who like a bit of adrenaline, is the ideal place!!" Join us on one of our shark diving and “Airjaws” shark breaching trips to witness this spectacular breaching behaviour of the Great White Sharks. This is certainly something that you do not want to miss!Here is some further information on our Great White Shark breaching trips.We would consider our high season to be from May to end of August and the best months for the predation and breaching activity is during June, July and August. September is in between high and intermediate season. February and March is too early for breaching. Here our trips focus on the shark cage diving and surface viewing. Transfers: Optional: Return transfers from designated pickup points in Cape Town Duration: Approx [...]

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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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Different Breaching Techniques Used By Great White Sharks

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

Following our previous blog post on the anti-predatory strategies of the Cape Fur Seals at Seal Island, here is a post which focuses on the different breaching techniques used by Great White Sharks when hunting for prey. Over millions of years, Great White Sharks have adapted their hunting techniques to include breaching as an effective means to hunt certain species of prey. Seal Island in  False Bay, South Africa is home to the "flying" Great White Sharks, and offers the unique opportunity to witness the highest number of natural predatory events between Great White Sharks and Cape Fur Seals in the world. Great White Sharks rely on stealth, camouflage and speed when hunting, and the breaching technique is most effective as it provides the Great White Sharks with an element of surprise as they explode from the water with explosive speed to capture their prey. A massive "Polaris" breach in pursuit of the [...]

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Anti-predatory Strategies of Cape Fur Seals

By | October 29th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

Natural predation by Great White Sharks on Cape Fur Seals   Anti-predatory strategies of Cape Fur Seals are often observed at Seal Island in False Bay, South Africa. Seal Island provides unique opportunities to observe natural predation by Great White Sharks on Cape Fur Seals, and to observe social interactions among both species. Cape Fur Seals are constantly aware of the imminent threat of Great White Sharks in the area, which is heightened during the winter months (June - August), when the predation of Great White Sharks on Cape Fur Seals is most intense. Cape Fur Seals have their own unique techniques to detect, avoid, outmaneuver and sometimes injure the Great White Shark in order to survive. These anti-predatory strategies of Cape Fur Seals primarily rely on vigilance and agility to outsmart their attacker. Great Whites often sport numerous scratches on their heads, most likely caused by seals defending themselves [...]

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Tell-Tale Signs Of A Great White Shark Natural Predation Event

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

Natural predation of a Great White Shark on a Cape Fur Seal Natural predation is one of the most fundamental interactions in nature and one of the most fascinating interactions to observe, but natural predation is rarely observed in the wild. Seal Island, in False Bay, South Africa, provides unique opportunities to observe natural predation by Great White Sharks on Cape Fur Seals and to observe social interactions among both species. Here are a few tell-tale signs that a natural predation even is happening in the  area: Incoming seals abruptly changing course, Seals suddenly switching from porpoising to rapid zig-zag leaping, A group of travelling seals suddenly exploding from the water in multiple directions, A Great White Shark breaching, with or without a seal in its mouth, A bloody splash, often accompanied by a spreading oily slick, or Kelp Gulls or other seabirds wheeling over or plunging repeatedly toward [...]

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Are Great White Sharks the Apex Predator in False Bay

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

Are Great White Sharks the Apex Predator in False Bay? We have a perfect job at African Shark Eco-Charters, being able to go out everyday in the marine rich environment of False Bay, we get the chance to see first hand many of the wonderful species that we share this bay with. Many people when they hear the word “shark” in False Bay immediately  think of great white sharks. But, False Bay is home to an incredible  diversity of sharks, rays, skates and chimeras’(all cartilaginous fish)  with 27 different species, representing 15 families recorded in the  inshore waters of the bay. Most of these are potential prey for great  whites, especially the hound sharks, bronze whalers and guitar sharks.  As the saying goes "Man cannot live on Bread alone" :the same can be said for Great White Sharks, they cannot survive on a diet of only Seal. So they hunt [...]

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