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Trip Happenings

By | August 19th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

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 predict! A couple of mornings we were out and saw 8 or 9 good predations, other mornings none. One morning we had 3 breaches on the decoy, the next nothing! The white sharks have always been an entity unto themselves, but their behaviour this year has been incredibly confusing – [...]

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Sharks in the Bay

By | August 18th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

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 return she’s spent many trips around our boat, Blue Pointer II, giving the guests a thrilling time with her almost 4.5m bulk appearing out of the gloom (and sometimes very speedily!!)! Now none of us can pretend that this season has been in any way similar to last year. This [...]

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Talking About Sharks…

By | July 25th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

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 the Ragged Tooth Shark. They tend to hang out together and feed in the manmade catacombs of ship wrecks! Being most active at night, they stay pretty well hidden until darkness falls. These fearful looking creatures hunt other smaller sharks, bony fish, rays, crustaceans and squid. As scary a predator [...]

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Blue sharks

By | June 14th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

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 species feeds mostly on fish species including cod, herring, hake and mackerel but have also been known to feed on whale carcasses and sea birds. As an opportunistic feeder these sharks have also been known to eat plastic and other marine pollution. These sharks can reach lengths up to 3.8 [...]

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Baby sharks and shark eggs

By | June 6th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

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 year award as baby sharks once born or hatched are left to fend completely for themselves. You can often find empty shark egg cases at the beach and you can usually tell which species it is from because different species produce different shaped egg cases. The baby sharks inside chew [...]

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Peak Season shark activity drops

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

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 very strange this year. Previous seasons they could tell you almost to the day as to what the shark activity would be like, when the whales would arrive and how long they would stay, and the months to expect dolphin activity. Every single prediction, so far, has not been met. [...]

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Another great Great White Shark…

By | June 12th, 2014|Tour Happening's|

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 late!) which means we are bobbing around on the ocean in the near darkness. This morning with a light, very cold wind blowing, but a calm sea, we sat around the ‘Launchpad’ with 14 pairs of eyes looking out for natural predations for us to chase. We have noticed however, [...]

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A sleepy shark week

By | April 15th, 2014|Tour Happening's|

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, silent and majestic great white shark prowling, waiting for an easy meal. The fact that at the moment there are roughly around 15 great white sharks patrolling the 800m Seal Island, makes it highly likely that when we see a seal swimming on its own, the outcome will be an [...]

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A Cool Experience- a great Trip Advisor review

By | March 21st, 2014|Tour Happening's|

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 of snacks for us to munch on at our leisure. We also enjoyed the top deck very much as it was easier to see sharks from up top, and very relaxing to lay in the sun in between sightings. Cheers!   

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Great White Shark Diving – Tick it off your Bucket List now!!

By | March 21st, 2014|General, Tour Happening's|

Love great white sharks? Is it on your Bucket List to do? Want to go on a shark cage diving or breaching trip with people that shares your love for them, then look no further! African Shark Eco-Charters is the top shark cage diving company operating in False Bay, experts since 1996. We specialize in shark cage diving, breaching, viewing and  filming  trips. Great White sharks are our life and our love and we are privileged to be able to share our passion and our knowledge with you. The “AIRJAWS” shark breaching trip is our most popular trip. It is a combination trip of shark breaching and shark cage diving. The season for AIRJAWS starts in May. 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 [...]

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