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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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Another great Great White Shark…

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

10th June A bout of very bad weather, combined with boat maintenance meant the last week has been very low in terms of hours at sea. Thankfully though our trips today gave me a big dose of apex predator medicine making the world seem right again! With the whole crew itching to get out on the water, the morning’s trip started with relative ease. The sun now rises quite late at around 7.30am over the mountains behind Seal Island, (I know, I know – ‘quite late’ might make you laugh, but when you get up at 5.15am, 7.30 does seem late!) which means we are bobbing around on the ocean in the near darkness. This morning with a light, very cold wind blowing, but a calm sea, we sat around the ‘Launchpad’ with 14 pairs of eyes looking out for natural predations for us to chase. We have noticed however, [...]

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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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Great White Shark Excitement

By | October 15th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

“Great White Shark Excitement” Reviewed October 5, 2013   Your day begins at sunrise with a greeting from the cheerful staff of African Shark Eco- Charters for a day filled with Great White Shark excitement, and a snug ride out to an island filled with seals and birds. Immediately upon arrival the crew begins spotting for great white sharks apexing in the area. When a shark is sighted the captain quickly moves the boat into a good viewing range. Following this exercise the boat began towing a seal decoy in hopes of attracting some shark action. On our two outings we were able to view a shark breaching the water. All the crew helped position passengers for views of the action and suggested spots for the keen photographers. The last stage of the outing was shark cage viewing. This operation provides a dive mask and a dive breathing apparatusconnected to an oxygen tank. This is real plus as the snorkelers are able [...]

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Saying hello to the dawn

By | May 15th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

Heading off to Seal Island, False Bay at dawn. Moon still up.

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My favourite thing about Seal Island is…

By | September 3rd, 2012|Tour Happening's|

Shark cage diving? Choose African Shark Eco-Charters. Here is why! My favourite thing about Seal Island is... Of all the things that make Seal Island in False Bay special, one particular aspect stands out for me.  For a few short moments during sunrise each morning the island is alive with the natural predation activity of the great white sharks on the cape fur seals. While some of our guests may not be too thrilled with the very early start in the morning, it becomes well worth it for the opportunity to witness these top predators hunt. Seal Island is so unique because it is the best place in the world to view white sharks breach, sometimes multiple times, when they hunt seals early in the morning. The ocean floor topography, a steep drop off surrounding the island, allows the sharks to attack from below with such velocity that they are [...]

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The Famous Seal Island of False Bay

By | May 18th, 2012|News Articles, Tour Happening's|

Seal Island, False Bay is where the action is. It's where the great white sharks go "shopping" during shark season. Seal Island is not very big at all. Its small and rocky elongated  with its long axis oriented roughly north-south, measuring approximately 400 by 50 metres, and with a maximum elevation of about 7 metres above the high tide line. The island has a narrow western shelf, with the water depth dropping off to a depth of 20 metres within 5 metres of shore, and a broad eastern shelf, where the water does not drop off to comparable depths until about 20 metres from shore. Off the southern tip of the island is a small, craggy outcrop, the portion which protrudes above the surface at high tide is approximately 4 metres long and 2 meters tall. Water temperature off Seal Island varies little throughout the year, hovering between 13 and 14°C at the [...]

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Flat Seas, Seals and Orcas!!

By | May 15th, 2012|Tour Happening's|

Good Day Fellow Shark Lovers.... Trust you all having a great week, we at African Shark Eco-Charters sure are after an unbelievable trip yesterday. Here is the low down on what happened on yesterdays Airjaws Shark Trip. Flat seas, lots of Seals and Orcas were the animals that we saw today, unfortunately we did not see any Great White Sharks today. Being nature, one can never guarantee anything, well we pretty much can always guarantee some seals, but not sharks and the highlight of the day........ORCAS!! Yes, today we saw 4 Orcas (killer whales) chasing a big school of dolphins probably 500 strong. The dolphins were doing big circles with the Orcas just cruising behind them waiting for the right moment to try make a catch. Above: An Orca moves behind the Common Dolphins notice the commotion in the water. So we stayed with the Orcas for a good hour [...]

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