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Great White Shark….Touch

By | September 6th, 2017|Interesting Articles|

Great White Shark....Touch Ever thought what it would be like to hug a shark or swim on its back like a dolphin does? No? Well not me… So what does a shark’s “skin” feel like? The shark’s sense of touch consists of two forms: the actual contact and the distant touch. These are based in the lateral line. You know how you always see a shark bump an object with their nose? Well, this how they “touch” and it is called nosing an object. The second form of the touching sense is the distant touch. Here the shark uses electroreception to sense where danger lurks and prey hides. It uses the Ampullae of Lorenzini, in the electromagnetic field, having the highest sensitivity to even detect vibrations underneath sand. Okay, so let’s get scientific: the structure of the vibrations manoeuvre through canals: the infraorbital canals, supraorbital canals, supratemporal canals and secondary [...]

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Let’s Talk About It…What to do when your shark trip is cancelled

By | September 6th, 2017|Interesting Articles|

Let’s Talk About It…What to do when your shark trip is cancelled   “We regret to inform you that your shark trip for tomorrow has been cancelled…”Of course, it is the last thing you want to hear when you have been waiting months for your shark trip to eventually roll around; but in reality, it can and does happen from time to time, so when it does, let’s see how we can somehow still make your day a good one! The reason for the cancellation will play a large part in what other activities are on offer, so let’s go through a couple. Firstly, hopefully you booked your shark cage dive early into your holiday, so as that if it is cancelled, for whatever reason, you still have a couple of days to which you will be able to reschedule the booking! This is always good advice whenever booking any [...]

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Natural predations witnessed while shark cage diving

By | January 13th, 2017|Tour Happening's|

Natural predations witnessed while shark cage diving On many of our shark cage diving trips, we get to witness the rare and phenomenal natural predation events that Seal Island, False Bay has to offer. Predation is one of the most fundamental interactions in nature and one of the most fascinating interactions to observe, but predation is rarely observed in the wild. Seal Island, in False Bay, South Africa, provides unique opportunities to observe natural predation by Great White Sharks on Cape Fur Seals, and to observe social interactions among both species. Breaching is one of the hunting techniques that great white sharks use to surprise and kill its prey. They  surface with such force and explosive energy that it propels the shark right out of the water. The great white shark will try and catch the young smaller inexperienced seals. Not every breach leads to a successful kill. If the great [...]

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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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The shark-iest reason you will want to visit Cape Town in winter

By | August 12th, 2016|Tour Happening's|

The shark-iest reason you will want to visit Cape Town in winter   According to South African tourism statistics, if you are reading this you are possibly doing so from North America, Europe, Australia, India, China or Namibia and that getting out to sea, one way or the other, is on your list of things to do while on vacation in Cape Town.   Locals will tell you that there is always something to do here and they’re not wrong yet despite this, visitor numbers take a hard dive in winter. It seems even the Mother City is not immune to seasonality.   The city has been working tirelessly over the years to change the perception that Cape Town is only a summer vacation destination among regional and international visitors alike.   Here’s a fun fact, the best time to view and dive with sharks in South Africa is in [...]

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The sharks are back in Town

By | July 14th, 2016|Tour Happening's|

With back to back morning and afternoon trips to Seal Island, it's safe to say our Great White Shark friends are back! On average we have been having 3-6 different Great White Sharks around our boat on a Dive Trip and even more number of predations in the am trips. It was great to see some return Great White Sharks from the previous seasons (which we've named individually according to distinct markings) and some new ones too. Today, Wednesday 13th July 2016 we were greeted by our biggest Great White Shark of the season, which was estimated to be around 5M+. She left the crew and guests speechless after putting on a show for us to remember! On another note, the 30 minute rides to and from Seal Island have been nothing but spectacular. We have been accompanied by pods of Common Dolphins, our usual Brydes Whales and the occasional [...]

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The return of the Great White Sharks to False Bay

By | June 15th, 2016|Tour Happening's|

Let’s Talk About It…Their Return The return of the great white sharks to False Bay In False Bay, it’s been a very long and painful stretch; an 8 week and 6 day stretch to be exact. But now, and I say this with cautious optimism; “they are back!” Our sharks seem to have returned to our Island, bringing with them, a couple juveniles, 2 meter juveniles, that jump and hunt with inexperienced skill, and as yet a little on the cautious side, not too sure of our boats. But then there is the lovely lady; a 3.5 meter girl, with a girth well worth the mention, and she just loved our boat and cage! Not even our experienced bait man, Wellington could get our decoy away from her in time. She “played” and let us all see why these creatures are some of our favourites! She swam a figure of [...]

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Great Whites Missing from False Bay

By | June 6th, 2016|Press|

Great Whites Missing from False Bay? Let’s Talk About it… Ok, so as I am quite sure, you have read somewhere, if not on our Facebook page, then possibly TripAdvisor, that the False Bay Great White Sharks have been pretty much non-existent for several weeks now. This is true! It could be global warming or el nino, but the reason for this behaviour is not entirely 100% figured out yet, though it did happen last year as well, albeit a little later in the year. So we have absolutely no doubts as to whether they will return or not, our only question is: “when?” We have been going “to sea” … get it, the pun? … about twice a week since the beginning of their disappearance, and now find ourselves around the same time they returned last year, so we are counting on history repeating itself and are eagerly awaiting [...]

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Red means DANGER

By | August 29th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

We’ve always associated colours with meaning; blue = cold, yellow = sunny and red = danger. So following that train of thought, the words “Red Tide” should set alarm bells ringing as a sign of something dangerous. Red Tide is a colloquialism for the out of control growth of harmful algal blooms, these are small, single cell plants that live in our oceans and freshwaters, which then produce toxic effects on fish, shellfish, marine mammals, and birds and have been known to cause illness in humans, if the contaminated fish / shell fish is consumed. These “blooms” will most often discolour the water tainting it red, reddish brown and sometimes orange, bringing us back to the common name; “Red Tide.” At night and with a florescent light, this phenomenon, can actually look quite beautiful. Though every coastal town / city has at some point in their history and more than once, [...]

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The Goblin Shark

By | August 26th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

The Goblin Shark…. This uniquely fascinating sea creature, in my books, is one of the rarest and most intriguing of all shark species yet to be found. This somewhat repulsive predator is probably the most unpleasant looking of all its known counter parts. However, that being said, further investigation into the life of the Goblin Shark, shows us that looks can ultimately be deceiving. When one first lays their eyes on the unsightly animal, our thoughts waver uncontrollably to prehistoric times and rightfully so. These frightfully looking animals are a rare species of deep sea shark (Mitsukurina owstoni), often called a ‘Living Fossil’. It is the only member of the family Mitsukurinidae, which is still around, 125 million years old lineage. Now that is impressive! The Physical appearance of the Goblin Shark is what intrigues me the most. It has a pinky colouration, making them extremely unique, ranging from pinkish [...]

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