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

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 [...]

By |2018-12-03T08:30:58+00:00October 22nd, 2013|Categories: Sharks|Comments Off on African Shark Eco-Charters – No More Shark Fin Soup In China?

Are Great White Sharks the Apex Predator in False Bay

Are Great White Sharks the Apex Predator in False Bay? We have a perfect job at African Shark Eco-Charters, being able to go out everyday in the marine rich environment of False Bay, we get the chance to see first hand many of the wonderful species that we share this bay with. Many people when they hear the word “shark” in False Bay immediately  think of great white sharks. But, False Bay is home to an incredible  diversity of sharks, rays, skates and chimeras’(all cartilaginous fish)  with 27 different species, representing 15 families recorded in the  inshore waters of the [...]

By |2019-03-08T09:22:19+00:00October 22nd, 2013|Categories: Sharks|Comments Off on Are Great White Sharks the Apex Predator in False Bay

Swimming Safely in False Bay this Summer

      With summer on its way and the Great White Sharks moving closer inshore, our shark cage diving season in False Bay has officially come to an end, and African Shark Eco-Charters thought it would be a good idea to remind everyone to keep swimming safely in the water and to obey the Shark Spotter’s Flag Warning System.   Considering the number of people who use the ocean on a daily basis, the actual number of attacks by Great White Sharks is extremely low. People are not the natural prey of the Great White Sharks. Everyone entering the ocean should [...]

By |2019-01-09T12:41:31+00:00October 22nd, 2013|Categories: News Articles|Comments Off on Swimming Safely in False Bay this Summer

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

“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 [...]

By |2018-12-03T08:31:53+00:00October 17th, 2013|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on African Shark Eco-Charters: Excellent Great White Shark Tour With Rob Lawrence

The Facts about Chumming

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 [...]

By |2018-12-03T08:32:28+00:00October 15th, 2013|Categories: Sharks|Tags: |Comments Off on The Facts about Chumming

Great White Shark Excitement

“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. [...]

By |2019-01-10T07:40:29+00:00October 15th, 2013|Categories: Sharks, Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Great White Shark Excitement

Culling Great White Sharks Is Not The Answer!

Shark Attack - 08th October 2013 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. [...]

By |2019-03-11T07:57:39+00:00October 10th, 2013|Categories: Sharks|Comments Off on Culling Great White Sharks Is Not The Answer!

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

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. [...]

By |2019-03-11T07:26:40+00:00October 7th, 2013|Categories: Sharks|Comments Off on Great White Shark Population Estimated At Less Than 1,000 In South Africa

Dispelling The Myths: 5 Biggest Misconceptions About Sharks

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 [...]

By |2019-01-10T09:25:16+00:00October 4th, 2013|Categories: Sharks|Tags: |Comments Off on Dispelling The Myths: 5 Biggest Misconceptions About Sharks

Shark Awareness & Safety Tips

With Spring under way and the end of our Great White Shark cage diving season in False Bay approaching, African Shark Eco-Charters would like to raise the shark awareness for all beach and ocean users of the seasonal increase of Great White Sharks in the in-shore area during the summer months.   Great White Sharks are present off the coast of South Africa all year round but there is a distinct seasonal pattern to the presence and absence of Great White Sharks, which is mainly dictated by what they are feeding on at the time. This seasonal movement behaviour is not unique to False Bay, and  has [...]

By |2019-03-10T09:21:54+00:00October 2nd, 2013|Categories: Sharks|Comments Off on Shark Awareness & Safety Tips