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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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Sharks we have had with African Shark Eco-charters

By | July 24th, 2014|Tour Happening's|

 Sharks with African Shark Eco-Charters So today I'm going to do a bit of a recap on the sharks we have had grace us with their majestic appearances around the boat time and time again. So far this season we have been blessed with plenty different great white sharks with quite a few players that we have had the privilege of naming. We have seen two familiar great whites who have been coming back to seal island repeatedly for a few years now. One being Deux Rossi who has been repeatedly coming back to seal island for 7 years now and the other being that famous Cuz how has been coming back for a record 10 years now which is pretty dam amazing if you ask me. There has also been plenty new great white sharks that have come to give us a show around our shark cage [...]

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Our new shark cage

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

Our new shark cage We at African Shark Eco-Charters have been dodging a lot of bad weather recently, which in high season has been especially hard on the girls in the office. Sadly we have had to say goodbye to a fantastic employee and friend, in the form of Tamsyn who has been working at African Shark Eco-Charters for 4 years. She has an exciting time ahead as she is leaving us to go to China, but we will all be very sad to see her go. However, we wish her the best of luck and I especially thank her for all the help (and laughs!) she has given me this season!  But that does mean we have welcomed a new face into the team -Roxanne who will be on hand to help with any enquiries, bookings or information! Together in this change over period they have done a sterling [...]

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Huge thank you to African Shark Eco Charters

By | June 10th, 2014|Tour Happening's|

Reviews like these make our day!   "Dear Tamsyn, Rob, Wellington, Gary… and crew,  I can't begin to express my gratitude for making an already amazing experience even more unforgettable! Your business exceeds expectations and am so happy to say that there is no other that reaches your level. I have been on 2 other boats since I found my love for being in the Whites environment and yours will always be my number one. I recommend you to all who ask as your professionalism from booking to long after launch is beyond measure!  I look forward to my next trip on the Blue Pointer, which I hope will be sooner than later.  Thank you for the entire experience. See you soon Liv"   Love Great White Sharks? Want to go on a shark cage diving or breaching trip with people who share your love for them? Then look no [...]

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The trip I almost got kissed by a great white shark.

By | June 4th, 2014|Tour Happening's|

Monday 26th May. The trip I almost got kissed by a great white shark. Ok, ok that ‘might’ be a small exaggeration and sensationalised slightly... but who wouldn’t? I will remember the moment forever!!! The start of a brand new week, Monday morning and our African Shark Eco Charters trip arrives at Seal Island for the first time in over two days (bad weather). A great group of customers have joined us, all raring to go and excited to see their first ever great white shark. A few divers on board, but none have seen a great white before. All of the three shark companies that operate out of Simonstown moored up together at the Launchpad and started trying to attract sharks.  This involves using bait, decoy, splashing and generally making a lot of noise. For the first half an hour or so there were a few sharks in the [...]

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What happened at lunch time May 19th at Seal Island?

By | May 27th, 2014|Tour Happening's|

What happened at lunch time May 19th at Seal Island...?! The last week has been hugely varied in terms of shark action on the African Shark Eco charters’ trips. Today was a prime example. Our morning trip started relatively slowly, we towed our seal decoy, had a shark make a slight lunge for the decoy but then head off. So we moored up, saw one great white shark swim past and then it went very quiet for a while. The call was made to change sites, and obviously as we pulled anchor only a few metres from our boat a great white took a seal! This is a very distinctive shark, as although we have never seen it come to our boat, we do see it in the distance chasing seals and breaching. Its dorsal fin looks like it has been chopped off at the top, so instead of pointing [...]

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Winter Great White Shark Season Has Arrived

By | May 27th, 2014|Tour Happening's|

Winter Great White Shark Season has arrived. It's here! Winter has arrived and she's greeting us with strong winds, lots of rain and great viz to come. On recent shark cage diving trips to Seal Island in False Bay‎ we have noticed a large increase of Great White Sharks ranging from mostly new sharks and a few of the old faces too. One shark in particular we have seen a few times on natural predations, scavenges and he has even breached on our decoy seal once or twice. We like to call him chopper due to a large portion of his dorsal fin being chopped off. Up until a couple days ago chopper had never come to the boat but rather focused on hunting around the island instead but the other day he decided to come pay us a visit giving the cage a few passes. Chopper is a rather [...]

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African Shark Eco-Charters – And The High Season Begins!

By | May 14th, 2014|Tour Happening's|

May 12th A spectacular start to the official high season for African Shark Eco charters, with Tuesday being the first day back at sea after the storm. Obviously storms make great white sharks happy!!! Or else someone passed on the message that we were waiting for them to become active? Either way, I’m grateful! An early start out of the Simon's Town harbour led to us towing our seal decoy past Seal Island as the sun rose. Almost immediately Rob spotted a surface predation. Racing over to the area we caught the last part of the seals demise, complete with several birds eating on the seals intestines. Ok, yes not everyone’s ideal wake-up call I can admit...but just imagine its spaghetti?! So now we definitely know the sharks are active today, so back to towing our decoy. Then, boom!! What a hit! A complete, powerful, entire body out of the [...]

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“Airjaws” is back with the first breach of the season!

By | April 9th, 2014|Tour Happening's|

At African Shark Eco-Charters  the “AIRJAWS” shark breaching trip is the most popular. It is a combination trip of shark breaching and shark cage diving. The season for AIRJAWS starts in May, but we have been very lucky to have seen our first Breach of the year. Shark Breaching is one of the hunting techniques that great white sharks use to surprise and kill its prey. They breach with such force  and explosive energy that it propels the shark right out of the water.   The best time is just before and at sunrise and mainly at certain  area’s around the island and only for a few months of the year. This behaviour is absolutely awesome to witness in person, and if you are in Cape Town during shark season, then this trip is a “must do”. It is seen nowhere on the planet as regularly as  in False Bay and by  [...]

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Media Make up

By | April 8th, 2014|Interesting Articles, Tour Happening's|

When there is no media stories around, the Media just add lib and make it up. Ok, so I have just read an article entitled ‘Brush with death! Great white shark tries to take a bite out of a group of divers – Divers have described their terror when a great white shark tried to EAT them’. And apologies for using an English expression, but it’s really got my back up. The media have obviously had a slow day in England (it’s from a British tabloid) and have decided to sensationalise the cage-diving industry. They know that shark attacks sell newspapers. And when one hasn’t happened? They just make it up, and put a photo of a great white with rolled back eyes, big teeth and red gums as decoration. For people that do not know about great white sharks or the cage-diving trips, such as the ones we at [...]

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