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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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African Shark Eco-Charters: Excellent Great White Shark Tour With Rob Lawrence

By | October 17th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

“Excellent Great White Shark tour with Rob Lawrence - Would do it again” Reviewed October 14, 2013 "We had a great Great White Shark cage diving tour with Rob Lawrence and his magnificent father, on September 24, saw lots of Great White Sharks, two chases after seals. What could we say, a BIG thanks to Rob, as well as for Rob's father and the rest of the team. We will recommend you to whoever wants to go and do shark cage diving. All the best from Israel" Join African Shark Eco-Charters for the best Great White Shark tour. Visited September 2013

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The Facts about Chumming

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

The Facts about Chumming   In light of the tragic attack on a Snorkeler in Jeffery's Bay on Thursday, the issue of Chumming has raised its ugly head again, the media does like to point fingers at Shark Dive operations accusing them of chumming without any real research so we thought we would clarify African Shark Eco-Charter's stand on Chumming, and if it affects the Sharks behavior along the beaches. Chumming is a type of scent trail that that attracts fish, sharks, etc, to an area, or boat. It may be man made or natural. An example of a natural scent trail is a seal colony, bird colony, a dead whale or seal carcass even dead birds. An example of a man made scent trail would be for an example, fisherman using mashed up anchovies/pilchards with marine oil and salt water to attract fish and or small shark species to the boat in order to catch them. [...]

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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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Culling Great White Sharks Is Not The Answer!

By | October 10th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

In light of the recent shark attack of an abalone diver in Western Australia on Tuesday, the 8th of October 2013, a catch and kill order was issued to cull the suspected Great White Shark responsible for the attack. Greg Pickering, 55, was diving for abalone off Poison Creek at Cape Arid National Park, about 180 kilometres east of Esperance, when he was attacked by a suspected Great White Shark on Tuesday morning. He was rushed to Royal Perth Hospital where he underwent surgery for the serious injuries sustained to his torso and face. This is the second shark attack that Mr Pickering has survived, the first one being in 2004 when he was bitten on the leg by a 1.5 metre Bronze Whaler Shark while in waters near Cervantes, north of Perth. The Fisheries Department set up traps in the area after orders were given for the animal to [...]

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Great White Shark Population Estimated At Less Than 1,000 In South Africa

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

A recent groundbreaking study of the Great White Shark population in South Africa by the Dyer Island Conservation Trust (DICT) indicates that the Great White Shark population may be 50% lower than was originally thought. The global population of Great White Sharks, which is generally estimated at 3,000 - 5,000, may have been significantly overestimated. The Great White Shark is currently listed at "vulnerable to extinction in the wild" by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and this latest study shows that the Great White Shark species may be in greater danger than has been previously recognized. South Africa is thought to be home to the largest population of Great White Sharks in the world, with False Bay, Gansbaai and Mossel Bay being the best places to see the Great White Sharks in South Africa. The study was conducted in Gansbaai, dubbed the "Great White Shark capital [...]

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Dispelling The Myths: 5 Biggest Misconceptions About Sharks

By | October 4th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

Dispelling The Myths: 5 Biggest Misconceptions About Sharks It is no secret that sharks have a bad reputation for being blood-thirsty man-killers, and it  is largely due to widespread ignorance and media sensationalism that have put sharks in a bad light, and have brought about these misconceptions about sharks. African Shark Eco-Charters aims to change the perceptions of those guests who join us on our Great White Shark breaching ("Airjaws") and cage diving trips from those of fear and hatred, to those of awe and appreciation of these beautiful and misunderstood apex predators. We allow our guests to view the Great White Sharks in their natural habit, while observing the natural hunting strategies of the Great White Sharks on the Cape Fur Seals at Seal Island, False Bay. Here are the 5 biggest misconceptions about sharks: Misconception about sharks #1: Sharks are basically all the same. Misconception about sharks #2: Sharks are [...]

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Eye to eye with a great white shark

By | August 6th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

So the Great white sharks have been buzzing lately with four, five sometimes even six or seven different great whites to the boat.                                                                A great white shark ( above) eye balls a cage diver. The predations have been pretty good too. We have noticed the the Great whites have been rather efficient in killing the cape fur seals recently with loads of what we call "one hit wonders" which is when a great white breaches on a cape fur seal and gets it in the first breach. Straight kill... Needless to say there have been some spectacular "follow ups" which is when the great white doesn't get the fur seal with the initial breach and has to follow up [...]

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Filming with African Shark Eco-Charters

By | July 30th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

Filming with African Shark Eco-Charters by Rachel Lacombe   Wow!! My husband and I just got back from an epic shoot filming with African Shark Eco Charters for the forthcoming documentary Great White Shark Legend. The footage we captured is INcredible! It was such a privilege to get to spend so much time out on the water with Rob and his amazing team. They all looked after us so well! Ali is so knowledgeable about so many predators, it was fascinating hearing her stories. Gary's enthusiasm was ridiculously contagious making every trip so much fun! And Wellie really knew how to work those baits, expertly enticing sharks and alerting us as to where to point our cameras. Together with Rob's expertise in all things sea and shark this is one fab team to go in search of such an awesome predator with! We also got to meet some amazing people from [...]

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Shark Diving “Everything Was Incredibly Awesome!”

By | June 4th, 2013|Tour Happening's|

Shark Diving - “Everything Was Incredibly Awesome!” "We were fortunate to book a shark diving trip with Rob Lawrence and his crew on May 20, 2013. The whole process from my initial contact to paying the bill was great especially our time on the water. We arrived at the appointed time and boarded with our party of 7. We bought the whole boat and were very glad we did. We started our day by Seal Island trolling with a seal decoy behind the boat. We had an Air Jaws attack and the shark completely cleared the water. RIDICULOUSLY COOL! We also had 4 different shark visitors and everyone shark diving in the cage got to see a shark with one pair getting a very close view of a 14 footer. We also saw 3 shark attacks on seals. Obviously, we had a spectacular day with Rob and crew. The entire [...]

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