About Rob Lawrence

Shark expert Rob Lawrence, together with his wife Karen and their dedicated team in Simon’s Town, Cape Town. Rob, also known as shark legend Rob or Captain Rob has been working with great white sharks for the last 20 years and has dedicated his life to the great white shark.

Let’s Talk About It – What’s Been Happening This Season … Part 1

For a good couple weeks’ now I have been thinking about putting to words my thoughts and opinions regarding this years’ Great White Season, and I guess now is the moment I have chosen to do it. In False Bay, we are subject to a season, not like summer, winter, autumn or spring, but a season in which the Great White Sharks are at Seal Island, which is the only area that we offer the trips from. This season is determined by the shark’s food source and the weather, so as with everything, it is governed by the seasons; summer, [...]

By | 2018-09-25T10:25:42+00:00 September 25th, 2018|Interesting Articles|0 Comments

A False Bay Dive

Diving in the deep blue sea, few can understand the tranquillity; the calm that the water brings when you fin through the ocean and marveling at its nature. So much of the ocean has yet to be discovered, much of it is in places humans are unable to reach. Driving to Simon’s Town along the False Bay coastal road, you’ll have passed the wreck of the SS Clan Stuart on your left. Her engine block protrudes from the water at low tide, and only the highest spring tides come close to covering it. The steamer ran aground during a summer [...]

By | 2018-09-25T10:20:50+00:00 September 25th, 2018|Interesting Articles|0 Comments

WATER

Earth as it stands is the only planet in our solar system recorded to have water, it is naïve to believe that we are the only planet that has water because we haven’t explored the outer space. So let’s see what having water has done for our planet… The molecule composition for water is 2 hydrogen atoms and 1 oxygen atom, because of their polarity, water molecules happily attract each other. The plus end of one—a hydrogen atom—associates with the minus end of another—an oxygen atom. These attractions are an example of hydrogen bonds, weak interactions that form between a hydrogen [...]

By | 2018-09-17T09:02:17+00:00 September 17th, 2018|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on WATER

Let’s Talk About It – Fun Great White Facts

Common names: Great White Shark, Great White, White Shark, White Pointer. Family: Lamnidae Scientific name: Carcharodon carcharias Size: Great White Sharks can reach up to 7.3 m in length (as per the largest White Shark ever caught on camera in Guadeloupe) and weigh up to 2.5 tons. The males reach sexual maturity between 3.5 and 4.1 m, and the females at a much larger size of 4 and 5 m. Coloration: The dorsal surface ranges from dark grey to light brown, while the underside is white. Range/Distribution: The Great White Shark is one of the most widely distributed of all sharks and has been sighted in [...]

By | 2018-09-25T10:31:41+00:00 September 13th, 2018|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on Let’s Talk About It – Fun Great White Facts

False Bay’s Ocean Critters

False bay is a body of water defined by Cape Hangklip derived from the Dutch for Hanging-rock and the Cape Peninsula in the extreme south-west of South Africa, False Bay is enclosed by mountainous terrain and urban structure. There is a small island in the bay called Seal Island, which is one of the main breeding sites for the Cape fur seal. The seals attract many great white sharks and some of the biggest sharks ever seen have been spotted in these waters. These sharks are famous for the manner in which they breach the surface of the water while [...]

By | 2018-09-13T07:19:53+00:00 September 13th, 2018|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on False Bay’s Ocean Critters

Let’s Talk About It – The Importance Of The Marine Eco-System. Part Two

Taking this further, let’s look at the Shark, and specifically the Great White Shark. Being the Apex Predator, the removal of this creature will cause a top down effect on organisms that are lower on the food chain. For instance, it has been seen in some parts of the ocean where the population of the main predator has been reduced, resulting in the main prey then increasing and eventually eating themselves out of their food source! This then changes the entire ecology of the area. Logically, should the White Shark become extinct, it’s main food source, being seal, sea lion [...]

By | 2018-09-06T10:12:10+00:00 September 6th, 2018|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on Let’s Talk About It – The Importance Of The Marine Eco-System. Part Two

The ocean- what do we really know about the ocean?

The ocean what do we really know about the ocean?  The Earth has more water than land, but how much is more.   About 71% of the Earth’s surface is water and 29% of the Earth’s surface is land.  The ocean holds about 96.5% of all Earth's water.  As we know water can be found in varies forms solid liquid or gaseous.  Water exists in the air as water vapour, in rivers and lakes, in icecaps and glaciers, in the ground as soil moisture and in aquifers.   The oceans is full of water, the ocean water is not pure [...]

By | 2018-09-05T11:53:56+00:00 August 30th, 2018|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on The ocean- what do we really know about the ocean?

What plastic could do to the environment?

1. Plastic is everywhere. A lot of it ends up in the ocean. Most plastics in the ocean break up into very small particles. These small plastic bits are called "micro-plastics." Other plastics are intentionally designed to be small. They're called micro-beads and are used in many health and beauty products. They pass unchanged through waterways into the ocean. Aquatic life and birds can mistake micro-plastics for food. Research is being conducted. But there's still much we don't know. Plastic is the most prevalent type of marine debris found in our ocean and Great Lakes. Plastic debris can come in [...]

By | 2018-09-05T11:57:58+00:00 August 10th, 2018|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on What plastic could do to the environment?

Let’s Talk About It…What Are Sharks Good For?

Contrary to the song:”…what is it good for, absolutely nothing” Sharks have surprised us yet again, with yet another reason to keep them around for generations and generations! What is this new reason; well, sharks are helping find a cure for cancer! That’s right, you heard me, helping towards finding a cure for cancer, amongst other debilitating and fatal diseases! Talk about an about turn; from man-eating killing machine to life saving benevolent being! Sharks constantly find themselves having to defend themselves, from other sharks, humans and even prey. The Sharks’ battle tested immune system has held them in good [...]

By | 2018-08-07T10:06:13+00:00 August 1st, 2018|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on Let’s Talk About It…What Are Sharks Good For?

FOOD CHAIN TO SHARKS

  Let’s take a peek inside the diet of the ocean’s most feared predator. We know sharks eat other fish, sea turtles and seals, but what else can find in the diet of a beast. Food chains always start with a plant because they are producers. A food chain can only go in one direction. Animals get their energy by eating food. Some animals eat fish; some fish eat other fish. Some animals eat plants; (and in the oceans) some plants eat animals. There is a delicate web of the food chain in the ocean which is heavily relied on [...]

By | 2018-08-02T06:53:44+00:00 August 1st, 2018|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on FOOD CHAIN TO SHARKS