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Up Close and Almost Too Personal with the Great White Sharks of False Bay

By | October 11th, 2016|Tour Happening's|

  Up Close and Almost Too Personal with the Great White Sharks of False Bay with African Shark Eco Charters By Paul Danckwerts How do you write about a great white shark, it’s immense never ending silvery flanks catching the light as it scythes through the bubbly gloom six inches in front of your face? With difficulty. Just to see one of these behemoths is a privilege and an emotional one at that for anybody who knows anything about these misunderstood monsters of the deep. The Blue Pointer 2, a 36-foot vessel that sports two 300hp engines on the aft, sits comfortably at its berth in Simonstown on Africa’s Cape Peninsula. It’s a custom vessel built for shark cage diving. With an upper deck for the non-divers, an on-board toilet and a cabin there’s plenty of room to move around in. It is captained by Rob Lawrence, one of the [...]

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A Wrap of Our Season

By | September 28th, 2016|Tour Happening's|

Well, this has been my first season working with African Shark Eco-Charters and definitely not my last. Not only has my entire perseption on Great White Sharks changed since iv started working with them, but iv also grown a love for the amazing animals which at one stage didnt think was possible. Staying this, If you are one of those people (like i was) which didn't really know the facts about Great White Sharks or their behavior I highly recommend you booking a trip with us - You will be amazed! This year was a strange year for us - To all of our amazement we were off to an early start! We had our first Great White Shark greet us in February and we thought "its game-on from here!" Unfortunately, this was not the case. The sharks seem to disappear shortly into the beginning of March, which left us [...]

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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 sharks are back in Town

By | July 14th, 2016|Tour Happening's|

With back to back morning and afternoon trips to Seal Island, it's safe to say our Great White Shark friends are back! On average we have been having 3-6 different Great White Sharks around our boat on a Dive Trip and even more number of predations in the am trips. It was 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. Today, Wednesday 13th July 2016 we were greeted by our biggest Great White Shark of the season, which was estimated to be around 5M+. She left the crew and guests speechless after putting on a show for us to remember! On another note, the 30 minute rides to and from Seal Island have been nothing but spectacular. We have been accompanied by pods of Common Dolphins, our usual Brydes Whales and the occasional [...]

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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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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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