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Unpredictable White Sharks this week

By | October 16th, 2015|Interesting Articles|

5th April Very unpredictable ‘sharkyness’ has been going on all week! We have gone from one extreme of great white shark behaviour, to another. Towards the end of last week the visibility around Seal Island, False Bay was incredible. At one point we were anchored in 12 metres of water, watching seals swim around the boat in crystal clear water – almost unheard of!  We could clearly see the rocky substrate on the bottom, and therefore any activity beneath the surface. Unfortunately for us, this clear water meant the sharks were very chilled and slow, to the point where we waited for over 2 hours for a viewing. For our afternoon trip that day we explained the situation to the guests, and told them to expect longer than usual waiting time – especially as it was a fully booked boat with everyone wanting to go into the cage. However, the [...]

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Shark Cage Diving in Simons Town, Cape Town

By | August 22nd, 2015|Tour Happening's|

Today I thought I would keep to the topic of sharks of course, but taking it from a different angle, that of the operators who offer dives out of Simon’s Town, Western Cape. There are a couple of things to remember when embarking on the exciting shark cage dive, but the most important being that these are wild animals, not trained to perform and appear at our behest, but rather they grace us with their presence and we are blessed to be able to see them in their natural environment. 20+Years ago, Rob Lawrence affectionately known as the Shark Legend, with a partner noticed the feeding habits of the Great White Shark off of seal island, and how these majestic creatures would break from the depths into the air in pursuit of their prey. They decided that they would offer shark trips out to seal island to other interested folk, [...]

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Let’s Talk About Wobbegong Sharks…

By | August 16th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

A wabba, wabba, what you say? You heard me, it’s a Wabbegong Shark! You would be forgiven for thinking it was a part of the seabed, an ocean floor carpet, if you will, so much so, this is another name for this interesting little fella’.   The Wobbegong Shark is a bottom dweller, covering the oceans beds like rugs, hence the name “Carpet Shark”. There are 12 different species of Carpet Shark, and they all prefer shallow, temperate waters, but one, the Japanese Wobbegong, which is found in the far Northern oceans of Japan.   Most Wobbegong Sharks grow to a max length of +/- 1 and ¼ meters, whereas the Spotted and Banded Wabbegongs can reach lengths of up to 3 meters! They are masters at camouflage, and lie in wait of their prey, which consists of smaller fish, that dare to swim too close.     The name [...]

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Some More About Sharks…

By | August 2nd, 2015|Tour Happening's|

Well, it’s been a week since my last entry, in which we touched on the Ragged Tooth, the Mako, Greenland and Epaulette Sharks. This time, I want to chat about Mick Fanning and his “shark attack” in Jeffery’s Bay. I think the hype is almost past, so now, as an amateur, I want to dissect this “attack” and see just how much danger Mick was really in. First off, let me say that I can well imagine the utter, paralyzing fear that he experienced at the time of the “attack”, I mean a Great White Shark is considered the apex predator of the ocean, and I think we all breathe a little easier knowing they can’t come out of the sea and walk on land, right? This is the perfect shark, incorporating the speed of the Mako (maybe not as fast, but dam near close enough), the strength of the [...]

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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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Shark Teeth

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

The part that scares people most about sharks has got to be all those sharp and pointy teeth, but you can actually tell a lot about sharks based on their teeth.   Most well publicized are the serrated triangular upper teeth of great white sharks, perfect for tearing into their prey, the Cape fur seal. However what most people don’t know is that juvenile white sharks actually have small unserrated needle-like teeth more like those seen on ragged tooth, mako and bull sharks. Now you may wonder how and why that would be, the answer is simple, juvenile white sharks feed on different prey to their larger counterparts and have teeth perfectly adapted to do so. White sharks up to about 2.5 to 3.5 metres feed on fish mostly and thus need those shark pointed teeth to keep hold of those slippery fish and swallow them whole. Obviously as they [...]

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The Seven Gilled Cow Sharks of False Bay

By | May 20th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

The Seven Gilled Cow Sharks of False Bay. Interestingly enough all sharks once possessed seven pairs of gill slits. Through evolution and many, years of defining, some shark species lost a pair or two of their gill slits. The broadnose sevengill however did not. The seven gills, or Cow Sharks, as we prefer to call them, have been around for millions of years, and fascinatingly enough have not had the urge to evolve much at all. The old naval base of Simon’s Town in the southern peninsula, offers one of the most fantastic shore diving sights in the world. Amidst the kelp and age old boulders lies another ancient species, the cow shark. This majestically old shark shares a primitive skeleton similar to that of the fossils of extinct sharks, hence the fact we believe it to be millions of years old. Enjoying a healthy diet of large fish, squid, [...]

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Great White Sharks are amazing animals that you just cant describe in words.

By | June 25th, 2014|Tour Happening's|

Tuesday mornings trip gave us an unforgettable moment for a full boat load of guests (and me!). The great white sharks had been very chilled out all morning, we thought due to the calm water, and we had seen no breaches. The last part of the trip was doing a slow drive past Seal Island to get a close view of the seal breeding colony. So at the far end of the island Rob kciks the engines to full steam to get us back to Simonstown harbour. At this exact second, a very young (Around 2 metres) great white shark leaps out of the water only 1 metre from the boat, does a spin in the air and then splashes down on the water! Thank goodness everyone saw it, or they would never have believed me!! Two possible explanations – either the engines scared the shark as it may have [...]

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Our new shark cage

By | June 25th, 2014|Tour Happening's|

Our new shark cage We at African Shark Eco-Charters have been dodging a lot of bad weather recently, which in high season has been especially hard on the girls in the office. Sadly we have had to say goodbye to a fantastic employee and friend, in the form of Tamsyn who has been working at African Shark Eco-Charters for 4 years. She has an exciting time ahead as she is leaving us to go to China, but we will all be very sad to see her go. However, we wish her the best of luck and I especially thank her for all the help (and laughs!) she has given me this season!  But that does mean we have welcomed a new face into the team -Roxanne who will be on hand to help with any enquiries, bookings or information! Together in this change over period they have done a sterling [...]

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Huge thank you to African Shark Eco Charters

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

Reviews like these make our day!   "Dear Tamsyn, Rob, Wellington, Gary… and crew,  I can't begin to express my gratitude for making an already amazing experience even more unforgettable! Your business exceeds expectations and am so happy to say that there is no other that reaches your level. I have been on 2 other boats since I found my love for being in the Whites environment and yours will always be my number one. I recommend you to all who ask as your professionalism from booking to long after launch is beyond measure!  I look forward to my next trip on the Blue Pointer, which I hope will be sooner than later.  Thank you for the entire experience. See you soon Liv"   Love Great White Sharks? Want to go on a shark cage diving or breaching trip with people who share your love for them? Then look no [...]

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