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A Wrap of Our Season

By | September 28th, 2016|Tour Happening's|

Well, this has been my first season working with African Shark Eco-Charters and definitely not my last. Not only has my entire perseption on Great White Sharks changed since iv started working with them, but iv also grown a love for the amazing animals which at one stage didnt think was possible. Staying this, If you are one of those people (like i was) which didn't really know the facts about Great White Sharks or their behavior I highly recommend you booking a trip with us - You will be amazed! This year was a strange year for us - To all of our amazement we were off to an early start! We had our first Great White Shark greet us in February and we thought "its game-on from here!" Unfortunately, this was not the case. The sharks seem to disappear shortly into the beginning of March, which left us [...]

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Common Dolphins and Great White Sharks

By | February 10th, 2016|Tour Happening's|

Common Dolphins and Great White Sharks on our False Bay, Seal Island trips. The past few trips to Seal Island have been nothing but spectacular! On our way to the Island this morning we were lucky enough to come across a pod of Common Dolphins, which appeared to be in a feeding frenzy not too far from the island itself. We just knew from then that it was going to be a day to remember! After the guests had finished taking pictures and enjoying the beauty of these incredible animals in their natural environment, we proceeded towards the north side of the island for some real action! Not long after dropping our anchor, we were greeted by a 2.5 meter Great White shark , the first one of the day but definitely not the last! With a blink of an eye, the first four enthusiastic guests were down in the [...]

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Great Whites and the Ecosystem

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

How Great White Sharks Play a Role in The Ecosystem The Great White Shark is the top predator throughout the world’s ocean. They became fearless top hunters through the evolution of supremely-adapted senses and physiology. They rely on their 6 senses to track and capture their prey. Their senses are: Hearing, Vision, Taste, Touch, Electro-Reception and smell. Of all of the Great White Sharks senses, smell is the most accurate sense of them all. They can smell one drop of blood in 100 litres of water! Being an apex predator the Great White has no natural enemies, except perhaps Orca’s. Apex predators have a vast effect on the population of their prey’s species. They keep the marine life under control and regulate our oceans. Take the Great White out of the equation and that causes an effect on the organisms lower in food chain. If the Great White became extinct, [...]

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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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Just A Couple Important Things To Remember When Booking / Taking A Shark Trip

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

It is heart breaking as a shark trip operator when we have to cancel trips due to unfavourable weather conditions, but as we believe in Safety First, there are times we simply have no other option. What makes it even more upsetting, is when the guest is unable to reschedule because they are leaving in a day or two. As a result, I have put together a couple tips, for both booking and taking a shark trip. When Booking: Always book a shark trip at the beginning of your holiday – actually any weather dependant trip or tour, so you are able to reschedule if you have to, especially if you have centred your entire vacation around your trip Weather is unpredictable, but as far as possible, try to book in the better weather months, if the trips are offered Do your homework around the operator – check reviews and [...]

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Being Shark Smart in the Water this Summer

By | October 31st, 2014|Tour Happening's|

With summer on its way and the Great White Sharks moving closer inshore, our shark cage diving season in False Bay has officially come to an end, and African Shark Eco-Charters thought it would be a good idea to remind everyone to keep shark smart in the water and to obey the Shark Spotter’s Flag Warning System. Considering the number of people who use the ocean on a daily basis, the actual number of attacks by Great White Sharks is extremely low. People are not the natural prey of the Great White Sharks. Everyone entering the ocean should do so at their own discretion,  knowing that they are entering a wild environment in which sharks  naturally live. Stay shark smart!  We are entering their territory; they are not coming into ours. Shark Safety Tips If people exercise caution and are aware of their environment, the risk of an attack can be [...]

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Great White Sharks On Fire At Seal Island

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

  It's here! Winter has arrived and she's greeting us with strong winds, lots of rain and great viz to come. On recent shark cage diving trips to Seal Island in False Bay‎ we have noticed a large increase of Great White Sharks ranging from mostly new sharks and a few of the old faces too. One shark in particular we have seen a few times on natural predations, scavenges and he has even breached on our decoy seal once or twice. We like to call him chopper due to a large portion of his dorsal fin being chopped off. Up until a couple days ago chopper had never come to the boat but rather focused on hunting around the island instead but the other day he decided to come pay us a visit giving the cage a few passes. Chopper is a rather large Great White Shark pushing 4.5m [...]

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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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Some more Wonderful Reviews on Trip Advisor

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

Here at African Shark Eco-Charters we love it when our past guests are able to write about their trips on Trip Advisor, it gives our future Guests a chance to see what to expect from their trips with us.  We received the following comments last week from past guests and they all make for wonderful reading.                                               Seal Island At Dawn     “Had A Great Time”    Reviewed 5 March 2014   We loved going out with African Shark Eco-Charters to see the sharks in False Bay. We saw a few sharks, but as it had been very windy the day before, visibility in the shark cage in the water was very poor. They gave us a free voucher for another trip to compensate. I thought this was a really nice gesture and showed a high level of professionalism. The crew was incredibly knowledgeable and clearly passionate about the sharks. On the way [...]

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African Shark Eco-Charters Joins WA Shark Cull Protest In Cape Town

By | February 5th, 2014|Tour Happening's|

African Shark Eco-Charters joined roughly 200 chanting shark cull protestors outside the Cape Town International Convention Centre this morning where Western Australian's Premier, Colin Barnett, was giving a keynote speech for the African Mining Indaba. Following the shark protests against the WA shark cull policy throughout Australia recently, fellow Great White Shark activists in Cape Town decided to show their support against the shark cull policy as well, and to speak up for the sharks that we share across our oceans. There was tight security set up around the CTICC for the Mining Indaba Conference which had prevented the protest group confronting Colin Barnett when he arrived at the convention centre, and the protest group was ushered away from the main entrance by local police. Although the protest group did not get to see Colin Barnett directly, they managed to get their point across that the sharks don't only belong to Western [...]

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