Shark Cage Diving in Simons Town, Cape Town

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, [...]

By | 2017-02-01T15:56:22+00:00 August 22nd, 2015|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Shark Cage Diving in Simons Town, Cape Town

Let’s Talk About Wobbegong Sharks…

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 [...]

By | 2018-03-06T13:23:16+00:00 August 16th, 2015|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Let’s Talk About Wobbegong 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

Reviews for African Shark Eco-Charters

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 [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:51+00:00 October 30th, 2014|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Reviews for African Shark Eco-Charters

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

2 Sept was a fantastic day at sea…..

For most marine life a red toxic algae bloom is very bad news, but for African Shark Eco Charters it has been fantastic! The sudden algae bloom due to an increase in sunlight (it’s now officially spring in False Bay!) while high concentrations of nutrients exist, takes most of the oxygen out of the water, and means fish and crustaceans cannot survive in this harsh environment. The ones that can, will move away, but as we drove around the island on Monday the presence of many floating crustaceans proved that this is not possible for all life. Red tides are [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:51+00:00 September 8th, 2014|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on 2 Sept was a fantastic day at sea…..

“Amazing experience” shark diving with ASEC

“Amazing experience” shark diving with ASEC Reviewed 26 August 2014NEW We were attracted to Rob & his crew because we wanted to be part of a small group & also the responsible way your experience is managed. Other tour companies seemed to want as many people on their vessel as possible & once offshore had little regard for the well being & long term effect that human contact has on Great Whites. ASEC don't promote the use of chum so whilst that means you may have to be a little patient for your first sighting it also means you can [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:51+00:00 August 28th, 2014|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on “Amazing experience” shark diving with ASEC