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African Shark Eco-Charters – Our Shark-Proof Cage

By | April 4th, 2014|Tour Happening's|

Now that Great White Shark season has officially started here at African Shark Eco-Charters and in False Bay, our boat has been doing almost daily runs to Seal Island, and our Shark Cage has been put to good use.  For all those who are concerned about going into the Shark Cage, I though I would give you some background information on it. Our Cages are designed and made by qualified welders and meet the requirements of the Great White Shark Safety Code of Conduct. The cage is rectangular-shaped and while it is a drifting surface cage, it is secured to the side of the boat with 2 ropes, and an additional rope is attached to the bottom of the cage for stability to stop it from drifting or bobbing in the swell.  Once everyone is onboard and the Blue Pointer 2 is anchored off Seal Island you are fitted in [...]

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False Bay Marine Big 5 With African Shark Eco-Charters

By | March 27th, 2014|Tour Happening's|

Here in South Africa we have the famous Big 5 Safari animals  (lion,  leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo),  But have you heard that we  have an equally impressive Marine Big 5 right here in False Bay?  The Marine Big 5 are made up of the Southern Right Whale, Cape Fur Seal, African Penguin, Common Dolphins and our favourite the Great White Shark.  False Bay in the Western Cape is one of the only places in the World that can boast of such a diverse and unique range of marine wildlife, making it a one of a kind Eco-Destination. On our Great White Shark trips run from Simons Town, to Seal Island you can witness  thousands of Cape Fur Seals basking in the sun on Seal Island;  trawl along the infamous Seal Island on the lookout for the magnificent  Great White Shark; float alongside curious and enormous Southern Right  Whales; admire the [...]

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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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Shark Cage Diving – Breathtaking, but not scary!

By | February 19th, 2014|Tour Happening's|

Shark cage diving with African Shark Eco-Charters   Shark cage diving with African Shark Eco-Charters - “Breathtaking, but not scary!” Reviewed 17 February 2014 "An unforgettable experience. From start to end, the trip was amazing. The office staff was incredibly helpful in communicating frequently about our trip (weather was touch-and-go, so the decision to green-light the trip was made the previous day) and responding to 7pm text messages asking for directions to the pier. The dive itself was spectacular. It is an early start, but not bad if you're in Cape Town, and the trip out to Seal Island takes only 30 minutes. From there you do a quick loop around the island, then set up in an optimal position for shark viewing. You start by viewing the sharks from the surface while the crew works bait and a seal decoy to get sharks closer to the cage. [...]

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False Bay Shark Cage Diving With African Shark Eco-Charters

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

Our Great White Shark season in False Bay has opened up and the African Shark Eco-Charters crew have run around 10 shark cage diving trips so far since the start of our season. We have had some great sightings so far this season, with roughly 3 - 7 Great White Sharks spotted on each trip. Looking for a thrill on your next visit to Cape Town? Join African Shark Eco-Charters on one of our Great White Shark cage diving trip this year and come face-to-face with one of our ocean’s greatest predators. Shark Cage Diving - Simon’s Town The adventure begins in Simon’s Town,  just 45 min from Cape Town. A 20 minute will take you to Seal Island  False Bay. NO QUALIFICATIONS for shark cage diving are necessary! The cage floats just under the surface of the water, and it is situated alongside the boat. Only two enter the cage at a time. We [...]

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Shark Attack Survivor Slams WA Shark Cull

By | January 16th, 2014|Tour Happening's|

Australian navy diver and shark attack survivor, Paul de Gelder, recently described the Western Australian shark cull as a "stupid" and "knee-jerk reaction". Paul de Gelder lost a leg and a forearm due to an attack by a bull shark while practicing exercises in Sydney Harbour in 2009. But despite his past experience, he continues to speak out in defense of the sharks in our oceans, and has lots to say when it comes to the planned slaughter of sharks in Western Australia with the new shark cull policy. It is always a tragedy when someone loses their life to a shark attack and our hearts go out to the family and friends of shark attack victims, but the WS shark cull policy is not the solution to preventing shark attacks in the area. Many Australians were banding together in opposition of the WA shark cull, including rallies in Western Australia [...]

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Shark Attack Survivors Join Together To Help Save Sharks

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

African Shark Eco-Charters loves it when people take a stand to help save sharks, and we just have to applaud these group of shark attack survivors who have joined together to help save sharks in our oceans. A group of nine shark attack survivors, including Australian navy diver Paul de Gelder, gathered at the United Nations in New York to shed light on the fact that their attackers, including the Great White Shark, desperately need protecting. They have lost legs, arms, and ankle parts, and yet they still believe that our ocean's greatest predators have more to reason to fear the water than us humans do - and we at African Shark Eco-Charters have to agree. With around 73 million sharks being killed annually to meet the demand for shark fin soup in Asia, excessive overfishing is driving many species to the brink of extinction and now more than ever, we need to [...]

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Latest Studies Show Great White Sharks Can Live Up To 70 Years

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

Great White Sharks were originally thought to only live up to around 25 - 30 years old, but a new study suggests that their lifespan may be far longer than previously thought, and that Great White Sharks may actually live well into their 70's! Previous research relied on counting the growth band pairs on a sharks vertebrae to determine it's age and growth rate, much like counting the rings on a tree, under the assumption that each band was equal to one year. Although, in many cases,  this method is effective and true for part of or all of a specie's life, at some point growth rates and age are not necessarily in sync. Growth rates typically slow as sharks age and deposition rates in vertebrae can change once sharks reach sexual maturity, resulting in band pairs which are so thin that they are unreadable Therefore, the age of a shark is [...]

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WA Goverment Not Backing Down On Shark Cull Plan, Despite Protests

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

Photo: A protester holds a sign during the anti-shark culling rally on Saturday. Audience submitted: Peter Best Despite a 4,000-strong crowd which gathered at Cottesloe Beach in Perth this past Saturday to protest the latest controversial shark cull plan, the WA Government says that it will not be backing down on their decision. The shark cull plan - which will only target sharks over three metres according to the WA Government - was announced after seven fatal shark attacks off the WA coast in three years. Protestors gathered to vent their anger about the plan to use baited lines to kill large sharks off selected swimming beaches, and environmentalists have tried to argue that there is overwhelming evidence that proves that killing sharks will not prevent attacks. Sharks have been living in the world’s oceans for millions of years before us, and we are intruding into their habitat [...]

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