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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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End of my Shark Season

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 Simonstown, not least memories of the [...]

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Heading towards the end of shark season

By | September 18th, 2014|Tour Happening's|

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 know from speaking to many guests over my 2 seasons that this is a thrilling part of the trip for them. Shouts from our crew, followed by Rob kicking the engines into life, racing over to the spot where the splashes were seen and scanning the water for any sign [...]

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2 Sept was a fantastic day at sea…..

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

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 usually made up of dinoflagellates which produce a neurotoxin which is detrimental to many organisms. However on a positive note, the great white sharks have been using the algae bloom to their advantage! With the now very low visibility in the water, hunting at Seal Island has dramatically increased in [...]

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“Amazing experience” shark diving with ASEC

By | August 28th, 2014|Tour Happening's|

“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 view the sharks in a more natural environment (& hopefully for many more years to come). Obviously safety is their main concern so our original trip was cancelled due to bad weather but Karen kept in contact with us & got us on the first available trip once the weather [...]

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“A must do! Excellent team” ASEC

By | August 28th, 2014|Tour Happening's|

“A must do! Excellent team” Reviewed 25 August 2014NEW I offered the shark dive to my husband as it was a dream for him to do it. He came back delighted and the experience was above expectation. The company came to Cape Town to pick him up and they headed to Simon town. The dive went very well with a viewing of 5 sharks, mainly all larger than 4/5 meters. The team was very professional, organised and very knowledgeable. The fact that you dive with oxygen helps as you can stay under water longer than just with mask and you can enjoy longer viewings. Great experience overall! Visited August 2014 WHO IS ASEC? Love great white sharks? Want to go on a shark cage diving or breaching trip with people that shares your love for them, then look no further! We are a top shark cage diving company operating in False Bay, experts since [...]

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Great White Shark “Propguard” back at the island

By | August 21st, 2014|Tour Happening's|

August 9th With the arrival of Propguard back at the island, and two fantastic breaches on our decoy, the smiles have been returned to African Shark Eco Charters faces. Although activity is still not quite at the level we would expect at this time of the year, it’s definitely an improvement. Most of this week’s cage diving has been a bit of in-and-out of the cage, but nearly everyone who wanted to see from the cage managed to (with a bit of perseverance!). It is also really nice that most people on the boat have been in good spirits about it, and understood that it is nature we are dealing with. Apart from the few attraction techniques we use to try and get the great white sharks to the boat, there is very little we can do to make them come on demand! At the end of the day it [...]

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Peak Season shark activity drops

By | August 7th, 2014|Tour Happening's|

August 1st This has been a big learning curve of a week for African Shark Eco Charters. The great white sharks in the bay seem to have dropped in huge numbers, right in the middle of the peak season. This behaviour is totally unexpected, unprecedented and unwelcome for both us and our guests. Many ideas to explain the massive change in behaviour have been batted around, but the underlying reality is that we probably will never know why. I’m told by people who have spent many years on the water in the bay, that activity in False Bay has been very strange this year. Previous seasons they could tell you almost to the day as to what the shark activity would be like, when the whales would arrive and how long they would stay, and the months to expect dolphin activity. Every single prediction, so far, has not been met. [...]

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