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10 Ways You Can Help Save Sharks

By | December 3rd, 2013|Tour Happening's|

Importance of sharks: Great White Shark helping to maintain the Cape Fur Seal population at Seal Island, False Bay Shark have been driven to the verge of extinction due to the increased demand for shark fin soup, and every year, in oceans around the world, tens of millions of sharks are killed to meet this demand. It is becoming more and more crucial to help save sharks as they play an important part in keeping our oceans healthy. Without sharks in our oceans, this will have a devastating effect on the balance of our marine ecosystems, which is why it is so important to help save sharks. Here are 10 ways that you can help save sharks: 1. Do not purchase or consume shark fin soup or any other shark products. This is not only for the sharks' health, but for yours too as shark meat carries warnings of high mercury [...]

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10 Interesting Facts About Great White Sharks

By | November 28th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

Great White Shark displaying the unique ability of breaching out of the water Have you ever heard of these 10 interesting facts about Great White Sharks before? Known as one of the ocean’s greatest predators, the Great White Shark has grown to become quite a hit amongst travellers and tourists through Shark Cage Diving. If you are thinking about going shark cage diving then you will find the following facts about the Great White Shark quite interesting. Here are our top 10 interesting facts about Great White Sharks: The largest Great White Shark ever recorded was caught off Cojimar, Cuba and measured 6.4 m (21 feet) and roughly 3,312 kg (7,302 pounds). The average size of a Great White Shark is between 3.5 – 4.6 m. Although the Great White Shark can reach lengths of up to 6m, it is not the largest shark in the ocean, but it is the biggest [...]

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Dolphins in False Bay

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

  On the African Shark Eco-Charter Great White Shark trips to Seal Island, Common Dolphins are often seen. People love dolphins and they are held in high regard, it is a common seafaring legend that to kill a Dolphin will bring bad luck to your ship, but spotting a Dolphin riding in the Ships wake is considered a good omen, and we get a lot of Dolphins riding in our wake on trips.  They are widely distributed in the offshore waters along the entire coast of South Africa and love hunting fish in the marine rich False Bay.  There are two species of common dolphin found in False Bay, the  long-beaked and short-beaked common dolphin. The main species that we  see on our trips is the long-beaked common dolphin. Physical Description & Colour Common dolphins are most closely related to Porpoises and Whales but can easily be identified by their [...]

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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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