The Goblin Shark

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 [...]

By | 2015-09-11T10:26:32+00:00 August 26th, 2015|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on The Goblin Shark

Trip Happenings

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 [...]

By | 2015-09-11T10:40:45+00:00 August 19th, 2015|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Trip Happenings

Sharks in the Bay

August 8th 2015 It’s been a beautiful, hot and sunny time in False Bay for the last week, with flat calm seas ensuring our African Shark Eco Charters trips’ have been very enjoyable! It’s also been fantastic that we have had one of our favourite sharks from last season ‘Propguard’ being very active around the boat. This is a shark we got to know very well last season, and it created huge excitement when she returned early last month – and looking very fat! Where-ever she has been for the last year, it’s been good for her, and since her [...]

By | 2015-09-07T19:44:08+00:00 August 18th, 2015|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Sharks in the Bay

Talking About Sharks…

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 [...]

By | 2017-09-05T16:51:56+00:00 July 25th, 2015|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Talking About Sharks…

Blue sharks

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 [...]

By | 2015-06-14T08:44:40+00:00 June 14th, 2015|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Blue sharks

Baby sharks and shark eggs

Many sharks lay eggs, called mermaids purses, which attach to marine vegetation or rocks, while others hatch inside the female and are live born. Species in which the eggs hatch inside the female often exhibit what is called intrauterine cannibalism, where shark pups still in the womb eat their siblings and other unfertilized eggs.  Others species, such as the great white shark, have pups that grow inside the female attached to the uterus, as in mammals, with gestation lasting anywhere from five months to two years. However sharks as a class of animals will never win a parent of the [...]

By | 2015-06-06T11:23:46+00:00 June 6th, 2015|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Baby sharks and shark eggs

Peak Season shark activity drops

August 1st This has been a big learning curve of a week for African Shark Eco Charters. The great white sharks in the bay seem to have dropped in huge numbers, right in the middle of the peak season. This behaviour is totally unexpected, unprecedented and unwelcome for both us and our guests. Many ideas to explain the massive change in behaviour have been batted around, but the underlying reality is that we probably will never know why. I’m told by people who have spent many years on the water in the bay, that activity in False Bay has been [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:51+00:00 August 7th, 2014|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Peak Season shark activity drops

Another great Great White Shark…

10th June A bout of very bad weather, combined with boat maintenance meant the last week has been very low in terms of hours at sea. Thankfully though our trips today gave me a big dose of apex predator medicine making the world seem right again! With the whole crew itching to get out on the water, the morning’s trip started with relative ease. The sun now rises quite late at around 7.30am over the mountains behind Seal Island, (I know, I know – ‘quite late’ might make you laugh, but when you get up at 5.15am, 7.30 does seem [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:51+00:00 June 12th, 2014|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Another great Great White Shark…

A sleepy shark week

Monday 14th April We’ve had a slightly sleepy week with the sharks this week, but although we have not had the same numbers of great white sharks around the boat, we are still lucky enough to have managed to observe some incredible great white shark behaviour. In just one morning, we saw 3 shark predations on seals within a few hundred feet of the boat! Now I’m never quite sure in these situations as to whose side I’m on; the lonesome, cute and playful seal that is splashing around well outside the ‘safe boundaries’ of Seal Island? Or the awesome, [...]

By | 2017-01-04T14:37:43+00:00 April 15th, 2014|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on A sleepy shark week

A Cool Experience- a great Trip Advisor review

Here at African Shark Eco-Charters, we love reading our Trip Advisor reviews, and thank everyone for posting about their Great White Shark diving trips on Trip Advisor. We loved this review and thought it would be great to share it with all our guests. “A cool experience...”    Reviewed 18 March 2014      The staff were extremely friendly and professional and the gear (wetsuit, booties, gloves, cap, mask, regulator) were of great quality. Most importantly, we saw about 6 different sharks while above water and one while in the cage. It was a nice touch that they had a cooler full [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:53+00:00 March 21st, 2014|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on A Cool Experience- a great Trip Advisor review