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Latest Studies Show Great White Sharks Can Live Up To 70 Years

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

Great White Sharks were originally thought to only live up to around 25 - 30 years old, but a new study suggests that their lifespan may be far longer than previously thought, and that Great White Sharks may actually live well into their 70's! Previous research relied on counting the growth band pairs on a sharks vertebrae to determine it's age and growth rate, much like counting the rings on a tree, under the assumption that each band was equal to one year. Although, in many cases,  this method is effective and true for part of or all of a specie's life, at some point growth rates and age are not necessarily in sync. Growth rates typically slow as sharks age and deposition rates in vertebrae can change once sharks reach sexual maturity, resulting in band pairs which are so thin that they are unreadable Therefore, the age of a shark is [...]

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WA Goverment Not Backing Down On Shark Cull Plan, Despite Protests

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

Photo: A protester holds a sign during the anti-shark culling rally on Saturday. Audience submitted: Peter Best Despite a 4,000-strong crowd which gathered at Cottesloe Beach in Perth this past Saturday to protest the latest controversial shark cull plan, the WA Government says that it will not be backing down on their decision. The shark cull plan - which will only target sharks over three metres according to the WA Government - was announced after seven fatal shark attacks off the WA coast in three years. Protestors gathered to vent their anger about the plan to use baited lines to kill large sharks off selected swimming beaches, and environmentalists have tried to argue that there is overwhelming evidence that proves that killing sharks will not prevent attacks. Sharks have been living in the world’s oceans for millions of years before us, and we are intruding into their habitat [...]

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Surfer Against WA Shark Cull Order – African Shark Eco-Charters

By | January 3rd, 2014|Tour Happening's|

African Shark Eco-Charters applauds this powerful article written by writer and fellow surfer, Samuel Carmody, in response to the recent shark cull order put in place by the Western Australian Government. You can view the original article on The Drum website. A surfer's defence of the great white shark By Samuel Carmody Surfers should be at the frontline of protests planned for this weekend against the policy to kill large sharks in Western Australia, writes Samuel Carmody. My father introduced me to surfing when I was seven or eight years old, carrying me into the beach breaks off my childhood town of Geraldton whilst I lay on my foam board, terrified of a small sea that had then seemed huge, crying like a newborn being introduced to another bewildering world. "You're trying to kill me," were the words I'd bleated, over and over. I remember that moment clearer than any [...]

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3 Studies On Great White Sharks In False Bay Completed In 2013

By | December 31st, 2013|Tour Happening's|

False Bay, South Africa is home to one of the World's largest populations of Great White Sharks, and provides a unique setting in which humans and sharks have had to learn how to co-exist. Shark Spotters is a pioneering shark safety programme which improves beach safety in False Bay by means of shark warnings and emergency assistance in the event of a shark incident. The Shark Spotters Programme contributes to research on shark ecology and behaviour, raises public awareness about shark-related issues, and provides employment opportunities and skills development for Shark Spotters. Alison Kock, the Research Manager for Shark Spotters, has spent the past eight years researching the behavior of Great White Sharks in False Bay for her PHD, and during 2013, she has completed three studies on the Great White Sharks along with the help of Save Our Seas. Here are a few interesting findings that resulted from the research of the Great [...]

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72 Drumlines To Be Set Under New Shark Hazard Mitigation Policy

By | December 24th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

Under Western Australia's Government's new "shark hazard mitigation" policy, two specially monitored zones will be declared off the metropolitan and South West coastlines between September and April, and 72 drumlines are to be set up 1km from the shoreline and fished until May 2014. Any shark greater than 3m in length found swimming within the monitored zones will be caught and destroyed by commercial fisherman, including endangered species such as the Great White Shark, and some other species not necessarily even considered a threat to humans. These harsh and unforgivable measures were put in place after the most recent shark bite fatality in November in order to reduce the number of shark attacks in the future. According to a recent article published in The West Australian publication on the 14th of December, there were more than 15 instances since the 9th of December where sharks larger than 3m were spotted inside [...]

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African Shark Eco-Charters – Our Ocean Needs Our Help!

By | December 20th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

In the past 50 years, the health of our ocean has declined dramatically and now, more than ever, our ocean needs our help! A lot of people are not aware of how much we rely on our ocean and the benefits it provides to us. To name a few benefits, the ocean produces 70 - 80% of the oxygen we breathe, generates $21 trillion in ecosystem services each year, and is the main source or protein for 1/4 of the world's population. There are 5 main factors that have contributed to the declining health of our ocean, including; Over-fishing Pollutions Invasive species Habitat destruction Climate change Our ocean needs our help and actions must be taken to address these problems in order for our ocean to recover and become healthy once again. Check out this video which showcases the benefits our ocean provides to us, and how badly our ocean needs [...]

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Sharks In Deep Trouble – African Shark Eco-Charters

By | December 18th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

With tens of millions of sharks killed each year to meet the increased demand for shark fin soup, many species of sharks have been driven to the brink of extinction. The video below, "Sharks In Deep Trouble", contains rarely-seen footage that shocked thousands of South African viewers when broadcast on local television, bringing many to tears. Lesley Rochat from AfriOceans spent two years researching both legal shark longlining and illegal shark finning off the coast of South Africa, and boarded a shark longline vessel for two days to capture the insightful, yet incredibly disturbing footage of mass shark slaughter. Although South Africa is a small contributor to the world slaughter of over 100 million sharks each year, "Sharks In Deep Trouble" addresses the global predicament of sharks. WARNING: Not suitable for sensitive viewers! For further information on AfriOceans and "Sharks In Deep Trouble", check out their website. Join African Shark Eco-Charters on one of [...]

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Great White Sharks of False Bay – a definite “must see”!

By | December 12th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

Great White Sharks of False Bay - a definite "must see!" Traveler rating: "Must See!" Reviewed Dec 10, 2013 "Great white sharks trip around ... For those who like a bit of adrenaline, is the ideal place!!" Join us on one of our shark diving and “Airjaws” shark breaching trips to witness this spectacular breaching behaviour of the Great White Sharks. This is certainly something that you do not want to miss!Here is some further information on our Great White Shark breaching trips.We would consider our high season to be from May to end of August and the best months for the predation and breaching activity is during June, July and August. September is in between high and intermediate season. February and March is too early for breaching. Here our trips focus on the shark cage diving and surface viewing. Transfers: Optional: Return transfers from designated pickup points in Cape Town Duration: Approx [...]

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Great White Shark Trip With African Shark Eco-Charters – Simply Spectacular

By | December 5th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

Check out the latest review from one of our awesome guests who joined us this season. "After many hours of trying to decide on which company to go with my friend and I decided to book up for a scuba cage dive with African Shark Eco-Charters. The searching paid off as this was the best choice by far for the experience. I had been previously warned (by companies that don't use scuba) that using scuba can scare off the Great Whites and that they don't tend to come close to the cage. This is total rubbish the sharks weren't put of in the slightest with the Scuba gear and it gave you a much better view of the waters around and below and meant that you were totally submerged 100% of the time. The effort the company put in to lure the sharks in was incredible. When I looked out at other [...]

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10 Ways You Can Help Save Sharks

By | December 3rd, 2013|Tour Happening's|

Importance of sharks: Great White Shark helping to maintain the Cape Fur Seal population at Seal Island, False Bay Shark have been driven to the verge of extinction due to the increased demand for shark fin soup, and every year, in oceans around the world, tens of millions of sharks are killed to meet this demand. It is becoming more and more crucial to help save sharks as they play an important part in keeping our oceans healthy. Without sharks in our oceans, this will have a devastating effect on the balance of our marine ecosystems, which is why it is so important to help save sharks. Here are 10 ways that you can help save sharks: 1. Do not purchase or consume shark fin soup or any other shark products. This is not only for the sharks' health, but for yours too as shark meat carries warnings of high mercury [...]

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