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Why do people continue to target Great White Sharks?

By | November 26th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

Every once in a while something happens that makes us very angry here at African Shark Eco-Charters, and recently it was brought to our attention that two Anglers had landed a Great White Shark off the rocks in Mossel Bay, using  not one but two Gaff hooks with the intention of killing the Great White Shark. Any experienced angler if they caught a Great White Shark by mistake would very easily be able to cut the line as close as possible to the mouth and released the Shark. Lucky for us here in South African killing Great White Sharks is illegal to kill or target Great White Sharks as they are listed as vulnerable to extinction, but to date only one angler has been sentenced to R120 000 or 12 months in prison, for catching a Great White Shark in this very same area of Mossel Bay. It is this [...]

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Why choose African Shark Eco-Charters for your shark cage diving trip

By | November 26th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

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 further as African Shark Eco-Charters is the perfect choice for you! African Shark Eco-Charters is a top shark cage diving company operating in False Bay and, having been in operation since 1996, we have become true experts in the field. 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 knowledge with you. African Shark Eco-Charters is owned by shark expert, Rob Lawrence, who has been working with Great White Sharks on a daily basis since 1989, and who launched the first successful Great White Shark eco-tourism operation at Seal Island in False Bay, South Africa. Rob is one of the most experienced [...]

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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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Marine Big 5 Of False Bay – African Shark Eco-Charters

By | November 12th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

Most people travel to South Africa to see the famous Big 5 land mammals, which include the lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. But South Africa also has another gem to offer which is becoming more and more popular, and that is the opportunity to see the marine Big 5. False Bay, South Africa is home to an abundance of marine life, and is one of the few places in the world where you can get to witness such an extensive range of marine wildlife, including the marine Big 5. The marine Big 5 of South Africa consists of the Great White Shark, Southern Right Whale, Common Dolphins, Cape Fur Seals and African Penguins. Seal Island in False Bay is world-renowned for the "flying" Great White Sharks and is undoubtedly the best place throughout the world to witness the natural predation and breaching activity of these magnificent apex predators. Seal Island is also home [...]

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The Importance Of Sharks Needed For Maintaining Healthy Oceans

By | November 7th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

The Importance Of Sharks Needed For Maintaining Healthy Oceans Importance of sharks: Great White Shark helping to maintain the Cape Fur Seal population at Seal Island, False Bay There is no denying that sharks play an important role in maintaining the balance of marine ecosystems and for keeping our oceans healthy, but despite the fact that sharks have been swimming in the world's oceans for more than 400 million years, shark populations are declining rapidly due to commercial fishing, which is putting some species in danger of extinction. Humans kill more than 100 million sharks world wide on an annual basis and if this continues to happen, we will soon be living in a world without sharks, which will have a detrimental effect on the state of our oceans. Sharks are often the top "apex predators" in their ecosystems, which means that they have few or no natural predators, such [...]

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The Difference between Shark Cage Diving in False Bay to Gansbaai

By | November 7th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

    At African Shark Eco-Charters we love our sharks and taking Guests out to see the Great White Sharks of Seal Island.  Unfortunately in False Bay we have only a 9 month window where this is possible but during that season of February to October, the Shark sightings are spectacular which is why the False Bay is often used by Film Makers and Photographers to film Great White Sharks for their Documentary's, For the rest of the year we recommend that our Guests do their Shark Cage diving from Gansbaai.     Gansbaai  which is located 2.5 hours drive from Cape Town, next door to Hermanus. Off  the  coast of Gansbaai, is a  narrow channel called Shark Alley, which is the open stretch of water between Dyer Island and nearby Geyser Island. This is the most highly populated area in the world for Great White sharks, who hunt from [...]

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What Age do Great White Sharks Reach

By | November 7th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

What Age do Great White Sharks Reach Here at African Shark Eco-Charters, we have recently been getting a lot of questions about what age do Great White Sharks reach, and there is no easy answer to this question, because there is not really a lot of data on this, the main source of information we gather is from the inshore habitats of the Great White Shark that we easily access, and this is not a true reflection of the Great White Shark in its natural habitat. If you look at the existing estimates and the research that they are based on you will get an answer of between 25 to possibly more than 100 years, but this range is far too wide and collected by very unspecific methods so it cannot be called accurate. The biggest problem is how do you age a Great White Shark, recently Great White Sharks have [...]

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Great White Sharks Migration Patterns

By | November 7th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

Great White Sharks Migration Patterns All of us at African Shark Eco-Charters, get to spend a lot of time with the Great White Sharks in False Bay, and they are fascinating animals, one of the most fascinating secrets of these Great Whites is their Migration patterns as they do not live here in False Bay permanently, but rather move to other parts of the globe with great efficiency. It has only been recently that we have been able to unlock this secret due to the recent tagging of the Great White Sharks. Migration is one of the great mysteries of the animal kingdom that  continue to elude scientists worldwide. While this phenomenon is  witnessed in all major animal groups, including birds, mammals, insects, crustaceans, fish, reptiles and amphibians, surprisingly little  definitive knowledge is understood about its mechanisms and specifics.   Broadly, migration refers to the large scale movement of an animal  [...]

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What is it like to come face-to-face with a Great White Shark?

By | November 5th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

Join African Shark Eco-Charters and let us fulfill your dream of coming face-to-face with a Great White Shark What is it like to come face-to-face with a Great White Shark? Have you ever wanted to know what it's like to come face-to-face with a Great White Shark, or have you ever had the privilege of being part of the lucky few people that have? There is no denying that the Great White Shark is the most feared, yet most misunderstood shark in our oceans, and our aim at African Shark Eco-Charters is to change the perceptions of our guests so that they can all go home with a new found respect and understanding of these magnificent animals. We love the rewarding feeling when guests come off our boat after their dream has been fulfilled of coming face-to-face with a Great White Shark, and their fear of these apex predators has [...]

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African Shark Eco-Charters – No More Shark Fin Soup In China?

By | October 22nd, 2013|Tour Happening's|

According to a recent article published in The Independent, the demand for shark fins and shark fin soup in China has plunged, and there is fresh hope for sharks around the world. The article  sheds some light that the consumption of shark fin soup in China has reduced significantly by 50 - 70% in the past two years, and that shark fin soup has been banned from official banquets thanks to a government campaign against extravagance, a former NBA star, an amalgamation of Chinese business leaders, celebrities and students. Shark fins left to dry on a rooftop. © The Independent More than 70 million sharks were killed last year to satisfy the greedy demand from China's wealthy for shark fin soup, which is really devastating to hear. The team at African Shark Eco-Charters are very pleased to see that positive changes are starting to take effect. Sharks are an important part of [...]

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