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Let’s Talk About It…The dwindling number of Great White Sharks

By | July 27th, 2016|Tour Happening's|

Let’s Talk About It…The dwindling number of Great White Sharks I have taken the liberty of using Scott Dunlop’s notes to bring this incredibly sad and shocking truth to you all today, and hope you will please read it and stand together with us in improving these frightful numbers. Thank you to Scott Dunlop for this information and for bringing it to our attention, it is now our duty to take it to the world!   South Africa’s great white sharks heading for extinction Only 353 to 522 great white sharks left in South African waters   The magnificent great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias L.) is one of the oldest shark lineages with an evolutionary origin dating back about 14 million years. New research from Stellenbosch University (SU) shows that the South African white shark population is in double jeopardy. Not only do these sharks have the lowest genetic diversity [...]

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Our Great White Shark friends are back!

By | July 27th, 2016|Interesting Articles|

We have been lucky enough to run back to back Great White Shark trips to Seal Island for the past few weeks - it's safe to say our Great White Shark friends are back! The AM trips have been a real once in a life time experience for our guests with numerous full natural predations, scavenging behavior and predations on our decoy! With a breath taking sunrise almost every morning sets for a photographers dream, giving guests the best possible lighting/background False Bay has to offer! On average we have been having 3-6 different Great White Sharks around our boat on a PM Dive Trip allowing our guests to each experience an intimate moment with these incredible animals. It has been great to see some return Great White Sharks from the previous seasons (which we've named individually according to distinct markings) and some new ones too. Last week we were [...]

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The return of the Great White Sharks to False Bay

By | June 15th, 2016|Tour Happening's|

Let’s Talk About It…Their Return The return of the great white sharks to False Bay In False Bay, it’s been a very long and painful stretch; an 8 week and 6 day stretch to be exact. But now, and I say this with cautious optimism; “they are back!” Our sharks seem to have returned to our Island, bringing with them, a couple juveniles, 2 meter juveniles, that jump and hunt with inexperienced skill, and as yet a little on the cautious side, not too sure of our boats. But then there is the lovely lady; a 3.5 meter girl, with a girth well worth the mention, and she just loved our boat and cage! Not even our experienced bait man, Wellington could get our decoy away from her in time. She “played” and let us all see why these creatures are some of our favourites! She swam a figure of [...]

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The Goblin Shark

By | August 26th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

The Goblin Shark…. This uniquely fascinating sea creature, in my books, is one of the rarest and most intriguing of all shark species yet to be found. This somewhat repulsive predator is probably the most unpleasant looking of all its known counter parts. However, that being said, further investigation into the life of the Goblin Shark, shows us that looks can ultimately be deceiving. When one first lays their eyes on the unsightly animal, our thoughts waver uncontrollably to prehistoric times and rightfully so. These frightfully looking animals are a rare species of deep sea shark (Mitsukurina owstoni), often called a ‘Living Fossil’. It is the only member of the family Mitsukurinidae, which is still around, 125 million years old lineage. Now that is impressive! The Physical appearance of the Goblin Shark is what intrigues me the most. It has a pinky colouration, making them extremely unique, ranging from pinkish [...]

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Shark Cage Diving in Simons Town, Cape Town

By | August 22nd, 2015|Tour Happening's|

Today I thought I would keep to the topic of sharks of course, but taking it from a different angle, that of the operators who offer dives out of Simon’s Town, Western Cape. There are a couple of things to remember when embarking on the exciting shark cage dive, but the most important being that these are wild animals, not trained to perform and appear at our behest, but rather they grace us with their presence and we are blessed to be able to see them in their natural environment. 20+Years ago, Rob Lawrence affectionately known as the Shark Legend, with a partner noticed the feeding habits of the Great White Shark off of seal island, and how these majestic creatures would break from the depths into the air in pursuit of their prey. They decided that they would offer shark trips out to seal island to other interested folk, [...]

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Let’s Talk About Wobbegong Sharks…

By | August 16th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

A wabba, wabba, what you say? You heard me, it’s a Wabbegong Shark! You would be forgiven for thinking it was a part of the seabed, an ocean floor carpet, if you will, so much so, this is another name for this interesting little fella’.   The Wobbegong Shark is a bottom dweller, covering the oceans beds like rugs, hence the name “Carpet Shark”. There are 12 different species of Carpet Shark, and they all prefer shallow, temperate waters, but one, the Japanese Wobbegong, which is found in the far Northern oceans of Japan.   Most Wobbegong Sharks grow to a max length of +/- 1 and ¼ meters, whereas the Spotted and Banded Wabbegongs can reach lengths of up to 3 meters! They are masters at camouflage, and lie in wait of their prey, which consists of smaller fish, that dare to swim too close.     The name [...]

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Let’s Talk About Wobbegong Sharks…

Baby sharks and shark eggs

By | June 6th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

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 year award as baby sharks once born or hatched are left to fend completely for themselves. You can often find empty shark egg cases at the beach and you can usually tell which species it is from because different species produce different shaped egg cases. The baby sharks inside chew [...]

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Reviews for African Shark Eco-Charters

By | October 30th, 2014|Tour Happening's|

African Shark Eco-Charters are exceptionally pleased at our great reviews, and would like to share them with you. We thank everyone who takes the time to write about their cage diving experience, and we especially enjoy reading about how much our Great Whites are loved and appreciated. We hope to see you all again in the near future, and hope you carry your experience with you wherever you may go!   “Great experience that we will never forget” Reviewed 16 October 2014 My wife and I planned our whole vacation around seeing a Great White at Seal Island and our wish came true - we saw a full breach and had a 12ft shark surface right beside the boat. Wow, what an experience! We got a couple of good pictures to remember this incredible moment. The weather was great (prior 4 days had been cancelled due to bad weather) but [...]

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Seven Gill Cow Shark Diving with African Shark Eco Charters

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

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 off large fish, other Sharks, crustaceans and carrion.   In False Bay, African Shark Eco Charters offers the unique experience of diving with these intrusive creatures, in a very controlled and relaxed environment. Usually they move around the kelp beds and over sandy channels in groups of up to 10-20, [...]

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

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

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 continued one!) for these beautiful animals. For me that is the most important part, trying to change the ‘media view’ that people have - into a much more real and understanding one. I will take such a lot with me from my time in Simon's Town, not least memories of [...]

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