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The Shark Eye…..eye eye Captain

By | May 2nd, 2017|Interesting Articles|

In keeping with the theme of senses, today we’ll take a look at the shark’s eye. A shark’s eye is as advanced as its hunting technique. It consists of two duplex retinas: cones and rods. Cones enable you to see in the colour whereas rods help the eye to adjust to light and dark by dilating and contracting the pupils to allow more or less light in. This allows the shark to see up to 15 meters long. The shark’s eye is made up of the normal elements like a human’s eyes such as the cornea, lens, retina, pupil and iris. The retina has two areas: the day vision and the low-light vision. The retina allows the shark to see better in darker and murkier water - even the silhouette of wounded seals in murky water. I actually watched a documentary where sharks adapted to using the light of the [...]

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Part 2. Summing up the surprises of the 2016 white shark season, Seal Island, False Bay

By | October 11th, 2016|Tour Happening's|

Part 2. Summing up the surprises of the 2016 white shark season, Seal Island, False Bay   Successfully snatched our decoy and gaping at it in the flawless water conditions   Further, seeing some of our favourite sharks returning to the boat over consecutive days, a special mention (and thanks) to some of the stars this year: “Zebra,” “Dodgey L,” “Prop,” “Jika,” “Patches,” “Captain MF Hook” “Stumpy Freddy,” “The one with the bent dorsal (Orca/Nemo)” and a few OCEARCH tagged sharks, including “Vindication” and “Maureen.” Of course once we’ve named them, we get very emotionally attached. They become like a puppy dog, really cute but with rather sharp teeth, eating all your personal belongings. When naming and identifying individual white sharks, its usually from a distinguishing feature, scar or behaviour. However, it is incredible to see how much their behaviours’ vary, not only between the different individuals, but even for [...]

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Let’s Talk About It…The dwindling number of Great White Sharks

By | July 27th, 2016|Tour Happening's|

Let’s Talk About It…The dwindling number of Great White Sharks I have taken the liberty of using Scott Dunlop’s notes to bring this incredibly sad and shocking truth to you all today, and hope you will please read it and stand together with us in improving these frightful numbers. Thank you to Scott Dunlop for this information and for bringing it to our attention, it is now our duty to take it to the world!   South Africa’s great white sharks heading for extinction Only 353 to 522 great white sharks left in South African waters   The magnificent great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias L.) is one of the oldest shark lineages with an evolutionary origin dating back about 14 million years. New research from Stellenbosch University (SU) shows that the South African white shark population is in double jeopardy. Not only do these sharks have the lowest genetic diversity [...]

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Are you team shark or team seal?

By | July 27th, 2016|Tour Happening's|

Great White Shark with seal decoy Are you team shark or team seal? What does that mean and what difference does it make? First one needs to understand why the division is suggested in the first place. While many sharks eat other sharks, a variety of fish and other marine life, the abundant seal pup population in areas around the world, False Bay included, have made seals the default meal. Over-fishing and fining of smaller sharks and other fish that the Great Whites prey on exacerbates the situation for the seals. Fun Fact: Did you know about 12,000 seal pups are born on Seal Island between November and December each year? The seal's flesh is fatty and in the right quantities (basically a number of seal pups) can sustain the shark’s daily needs. People pay sometimes obscene amounts of money just to catch a glimpse of a kill or [...]

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Don’t Get Mouthy…

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

  Don't get mouthy When you hear the words “Megamouth Shark”, what is the image it conjures? If you think big, nay huge mouth, well then you would be correct. It stands to reason, if it has a huge mouth, it has to have a rather large frame to fit it into, and again you would be correct. This is one of the largest shark species, being out grown only by the likes of Whale Sharks and the controversial Megalodon Sharks. Despite its massive size and mouth, this shark sports very small teeth, as it is a filter feeder, swimming open mouthed through the depths swallowing jellyfish and plankton that are attracted to it by the luminescent photophore surrounding its mouth. It has fleshy “lips” and a broad rounded snout, which has confused some observers into believing that they were in fact seeing a baby killer whale. Little is known [...]

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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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Let’s Discuss Shark Week

By | July 11th, 2015|Tour Happening's|

It’s always a good idea to understand the origins and rationale behind something if one is going to discuss it, so I decided to look into Shark Week. Shark week started on the 17th July 1988 in an attempt to develop an awareness, respect and as a result, love for the shark. It was started by the Discovery Channel and is held annually between July and September of each year. During the past few years, Shark Week has taken on an entertainment value, sometime positive and other times negative, due to the airing of fictional dramatic programmes, such as Jaws, Shark Attack 3 and Deep Blue Sea, to name but a few ; but has proved to be the longest running TV programming event in television history. One of the most popular programmes and most watched is Megalodon – The Monster Shark Lives The discussion point here, I believe, is [...]

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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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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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African Shark Eco-Charters – And The High Season Begins!

By | May 14th, 2014|Tour Happening's|

May 12th A spectacular start to the official high season for African Shark Eco charters, with Tuesday being the first day back at sea after the storm. Obviously storms make great white sharks happy!!! Or else someone passed on the message that we were waiting for them to become active? Either way, I’m grateful! An early start out of the Simon's Town harbour led to us towing our seal decoy past Seal Island as the sun rose. Almost immediately Rob spotted a surface predation. Racing over to the area we caught the last part of the seals demise, complete with several birds eating on the seals intestines. Ok, yes not everyone’s ideal wake-up call I can admit...but just imagine its spaghetti?! So now we definitely know the sharks are active today, so back to towing our decoy. Then, boom!! What a hit! A complete, powerful, entire body out of the [...]

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