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

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

Summing up the surprises of the 2016 white shark season, Seal Island, False Bay Leigh de Necker   White sharks typically visit False Bay’s Seal Island to take advantage of vulnerable young of the year Cape fur seal pups when they start entering the water to feed. This is generally between March and September, however, this season showed a number of deviations from the expected norms. We took a trip to the Island towards the end of January and before we even had any bait in the water, we had seen a shark. We were beyond excited by the chance of having an early start to the season. This was the first of many unexpected surprises the season had to offer. For February and March, we had amazing shark activity around our boat, seeing an average of 4 sharks a day and still enjoying the late summer, early autumn warm [...]

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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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The sharks are back in Town

By | July 14th, 2016|Tour Happening's|

With back to back morning and afternoon trips to Seal Island, it's safe to say our Great White Shark friends are back! On average we have been having 3-6 different Great White Sharks around our boat on a Dive Trip and even more number of predations in the am trips. It was great to see some return Great White Sharks from the previous seasons (which we've named individually according to distinct markings) and some new ones too. Today, Wednesday 13th July 2016 we were greeted by our biggest Great White Shark of the season, which was estimated to be around 5M+. She left the crew and guests speechless after putting on a show for us to remember! On another note, the 30 minute rides to and from Seal Island have been nothing but spectacular. We have been accompanied by pods of Common Dolphins, our usual Brydes Whales and the occasional [...]

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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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Shark Cage Diving Trip Report – 29 January 2014

By | January 29th, 2014|Tour Happening's|

Shark cage diving with African Shark Eco-Charters African Shark Eco-Charters is pleased to announce that the 2014 Great White Shark season has officially opened in False Bay, and we ran our first official shark cage diving trip of the season today. Even though we had good shark activity on our "test run" out to Seal Island last week Thursday, we were still not too sure what to expect for out trip today as it is still so early in the season, but we were extremely hopeful. We had a small group of guests on board with us this morning and even though they were aware that sightings could not be guaranteed, they were all willing to give it a go and were hoping to get a glimpse of our ocean's most feared, yet misunderstood predator. But it all worked out very well in the end and our clients left us feeling very ecstatic [...]

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Great White Shark Scavengers

By | November 14th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

Great White Sharks are opportunistic scavengers and will often feed on whale carcasses. Photo by Matt Dicken Great White Sharks are opportunistic scavengers and will often divulge in a free meal when they can get it, including meat from a whale carcass. Although the likelihood of a Great White Shark hunting or killing large whales is very slight, they will readily feed off a dead while that has been killed by a passing ship or drowned by entanglement. Meat from a whale carcass provides Great White Sharks with a plentiful meal which is high in energy-rich blubber. Because Great White Sharks have a slow metabolism, the plentiful food from the whale carcass allows the sharks to stock up it's reserves so that it can continue to go without feeding for a several weeks. When a whale carcass drifts past areas in which the Great White Sharks congregate, it [...]

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Familiar faces on our great white shark trips

By | July 2nd, 2013|Tour Happening's|

Familiar Faces on our great white shark trips. I know our blogging has been a bit on the slow side, but we have been so busy on our great white shark trips that we have scarcely had a chance to sit down and blog. So, forgive us, but here is a great one for you! So June has just gone and it hasn't failed to provide us with some amazing predation activity and breaches. There also hasn't been a shortage of great whites around the boat either. There's been plenty happy faces on our great white shark trips, both in the shark cage and on the boat which makes us here at African Shark Eco Charters very happy. There has been a large increase in the number of sharks around the island (Seal Island, False Bay)in the past week or two. We guestimate there to be around 15-20 at the [...]

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