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.

Broadnose Seven Gill Cow Shark Season

The Broadnose Sevengill cow shark… its all in the name. This is an astounding shark to dive with its primitive looking and calm slow movements. This shark can be seen in Cape Town in the shallows and in the stunning protected reefs in the Kelp forests along the Cape Peninsula marine reserve. The Seven Gill Cow Shark as named has 7 Gill slits rather than the standard 5 Gill slits most shark species have. They have a large round body with broad wide nose and comb-shaped teeth. Growing up to 3,3 metres in length, much more friendly than its fellow [...]

By |2018-11-16T08:42:01+00:00October 9th, 2018|Categories: Interesting Articles|Tags: , |Comments Off on Broadnose Seven Gill Cow Shark Season

Great White Shark Trivia

“Shark”… Few words have as much attention grabbing power. Add “Great White” to that and you will command a room. Many wait an entire lifetime to see a Great White Shark, but few want to meet one, thanks to Hollywood’s unrealistic and deceitful portrayal of the Great White, in its pursuit of fame and fortune, no image induces as much fear or signifies “death” in the water, as much as a dorsal fin! How much do you really know about The Great White Shark? Truthfully, how much does anyone really know about this fascinating creature? Well, I have decided to [...]

By |2018-11-06T10:58:00+00:00October 1st, 2018|Categories: Interesting Articles|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Great White Shark Trivia

What’s Been Happening This Season … Part 2

At the return of our shark season in June, we welcomed some new faces, and were happy to welcome back some old favourites, but we did miss a number of our regular repeat visitors. I would love to tell you that they jumped and played, soaring through the air and doing all the things that have made False Bay famous for the “flying shark”, but this year, as mentioned before, was very different from previous years. Where we experienced breaching on almost every morning trip, and at least 2 or 3 predations, we were met with just a few breaches; [...]

By |2018-11-06T10:58:50+00:00September 27th, 2018|Categories: Interesting Articles|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on What’s Been Happening This Season … Part 2

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 |2018-11-06T10:59:13+00:00September 25th, 2018|Categories: Interesting Articles|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on What’s Been Happening This Season … Part 1

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 |2018-10-10T15:57:32+00:00September 25th, 2018|Categories: Interesting Articles|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on A False Bay Dive

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 |2018-10-10T15:52:16+00:00September 17th, 2018|Categories: Interesting Articles|Tags: , , |Comments Off on WATER

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 |2018-11-06T10:59:37+00:00September 13th, 2018|Categories: Interesting Articles|Tags: , |Comments Off on 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 [...]

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 H2O, though [...]

By |2018-11-06T10:59:57+00:00August 30th, 2018|Categories: Interesting Articles|Tags: , , |Comments Off on 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+00:00August 10th, 2018|Categories: Interesting Articles|Tags: , |Comments Off on What plastic could do to the environment?