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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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Dolphins in False Bay

By | November 26th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

On the African Shark Eco-Charter Great White Shark trips to Seal Island, Common Dolphins are often seen. People love dolphins and they are held in high regard, it is a common seafaring legend that to kill a Dolphin will bring bad luck to your ship, but spotting a Dolphin riding in the Ships wake is considered a good omen, and we get a lot of Dolphins riding in our wake on trips.  They are widely distributed in the offshore waters along the entire coast of South Africa and love hunting fish in the marine rich False Bay.  There are two species of common dolphin found in False Bay, the  long-beaked and short-beaked common dolphin. The main species that we  see on our trips is the long-beaked common dolphin. Physical Description & Colour Common dolphins are most closely related to Porpoises and Whales but can easily be identified by their bright, [...]

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Why do people continue to target Great White Sharks?

By | November 26th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

Every once in a while something happens that makes us very angry here at African Shark Eco-Charters, and recently it was brought to our attention that two Anglers had landed a Great White Shark off the rocks in Mossel Bay, using  not one but two Gaff hooks with the intention of killing the Great White Shark. Any experienced angler if they caught a Great White Shark by mistake would very easily be able to cut the line as close as possible to the mouth and released the Shark. Lucky for us here in South African killing Great White Sharks is illegal to kill or target Great White Sharks as they are listed as vulnerable to extinction, but to date only one angler has been sentenced to R120 000 or 12 months in prison, for catching a Great White Shark in this very same area of Mossel Bay. It is this [...]

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