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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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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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Trip Happenings

By | August 19th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

Trip Happenings with African Shark Eco-Charters August 17th So after three bad weather days in a row with very strong winds, we at African Shark Eco-Charters are contemplating what we may find when we go back to the island. Will the weather have encouraged new sharks into the bay, or fooled our current sharks into thinking it’s the end of the season? It’s obvious what we are all hoping for, but this late in August either is possible. The trips before the strong winds were very up and down, as has been the norm for this season – impossible to predict! A couple of mornings we were out and saw 8 or 9 good predations, other mornings none. One morning we had 3 breaches on the decoy, the next nothing! The white sharks have always been an entity unto themselves, but their behaviour this year has been incredibly confusing – [...]

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Don’t Get Mouthy…

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

  Don't get mouthy When you hear the words “Megamouth Shark”, what is the image it conjures? If you think big, nay huge mouth, well then you would be correct. It stands to reason, if it has a huge mouth, it has to have a rather large frame to fit it into, and again you would be correct. This is one of the largest shark species, being out grown only by the likes of Whale Sharks and the controversial Megalodon Sharks. Despite its massive size and mouth, this shark sports very small teeth, as it is a filter feeder, swimming open mouthed through the depths swallowing jellyfish and plankton that are attracted to it by the luminescent photophore surrounding its mouth. It has fleshy “lips” and a broad rounded snout, which has confused some observers into believing that they were in fact seeing a baby killer whale. Little is known [...]

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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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Talking About Sharks…

By | July 25th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

I said before that I wanted to venture into the world of sharks with you, one at a time, learning about their individual characteristics and make up, and thought I would start with an overview of some of the more “outstanding” of the 510 species of shark. I spoke of the Lemon Shark in my previous blog, and also admitted that this is one of my favourite sharks, but there are a whole lot of others that will inspire awe and amazement at their sheer abilities and odd looks! Possibly one of the most vicious looking of all sharks is the Ragged Tooth Shark. They tend to hang out together and feed in the manmade catacombs of ship wrecks! Being most active at night, they stay pretty well hidden until darkness falls. These fearful looking creatures hunt other smaller sharks, bony fish, rays, crustaceans and squid. As scary a predator [...]

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Fantastic Experience with African Shark Eco-Charters

By | June 18th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

“A fantastic experience!” Reviewed 29 April 2015 We had a great time with the Eco-Charters team. We were fortunate enough to have a good shark day at the beginning of April. We the the last of the charter boats to arrive at Seal Island - the others were already anchored and had some shark activity so our captain decided to try and get a breaching attack - not usual for this time of year - and we were successful - not a full "airjaws" experience, but a great visual of the shark breaking the water to attack the decoy! The cage dive was fantastic - lots of action - and the regulator makes it really easy and in no way whatsoever caused the sharks to stay away. I would recommened this experience to anyone visiting Cape Town Visited April 2015

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Blue sharks

By | June 14th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

Blue sharks get their name from the beautiful blue colour of the skin on their back and sides. These sharks are extremely wide-ranging and can be found in both tropical and temperate seas, in waters between 7 and 16 degrees Celsius. They are also known for producing large litters of pups, between 4 and 135 pups at a time, with the number of pups determined by the size of the female. This species is usually found in deep waters, up to 350 metres and are considered a pelagic or blue water shark species. While out in the deep blue this species feeds mostly on fish species including cod, herring, hake and mackerel but have also been known to feed on whale carcasses and sea birds. As an opportunistic feeder these sharks have also been known to eat plastic and other marine pollution. These sharks can reach lengths up to 3.8 [...]

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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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