Let’s Talk About It, The Great White Shark

Three little words that strike fear into the most intrepid adventurer, the strongest man and the biggest adrenaline junkie. Three little words that make life time surfers perspire in their wetsuits while on their boards, and take the breath of experienced divers away! Three little words that have mother’s holding a little tighter to their children and father’s swearing to protect to their last breath. Three little words that have caused the death of hundreds of thousands and screwed with our eco-systems! And those three little words: Great White Shark! Great White Sharks didn’t get to be so very terrifying [...]

By | 2018-07-04T06:31:27+00:00 June 11th, 2018|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on Let’s Talk About It, The Great White Shark

Let’s Talk About It – The Marine Eco-System

As we are all aware, the earth is made up of eco-systems and sub eco-systems. Well so are the oceans. We hear how removing something from an eco-system causes damage and changes, but let’s have a closer look at this from the oceans perspective. Firstly, the marine eco-systems are the largest of the earth’s eco-systems and include salt marshes, intertidal zones, estuaries, lagoons, mangroves, coral reefs, deep sea, kelp forests and sea floor. Think about it, the oceans cover more than two thirds of the planet, and many will attest to the oceans’ influence. Every day, we are pretty much [...]

By | 2018-07-04T06:25:44+00:00 May 29th, 2018|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on Let’s Talk About It – The Marine Eco-System

Let’s Talk About It – The Seven-Gill Cow Shark

Let’s Talk About It – The Seven-Gill Cow Shark I decided to talk about the Sevengill Cow Shark this week, because against all that is “normal” we have been visited by these pre-historic looking, gentle sharks at Seal Island lately in the absence of our glorious Great Whites. Not to say that it hasn’t been wonderful, it’s just been different, as Cow Sharks tend to spend most of their time in deeper waters and kelp forests, only coming into shallower waters, it is believed, to breed.   They make me think of the sock hand puppets we used to make [...]

By | 2018-07-04T06:39:18+00:00 May 25th, 2018|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on Let’s Talk About It – The Seven-Gill Cow Shark

The mistakes we keep making

In last decade has seen poaching brutality against rhinos rise so sharply, that people are beginning to fear they will be culled to extinction in the near future. “South Africa is home to about 80 percent of the world’s 29,000 rhinos. Though this is the third year in a row the number of rhinos poached in South Africa has dropped—from a high of 1,215 in 2014—conservationists say these losses are still unsustainable. The decline last year was small enough that it could be accounted for by undetected carcasses in large national parks, according to TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring organization.” [...]

By | 2018-07-04T06:42:32+00:00 May 24th, 2018|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on The mistakes we keep making

HOW LONG HAVE SHARKS BEEN AROUND?

Many kinds of methods used to protect humans from sharks are increasing the decline of the shark species. Many of these methods cause more harm to the shark and their species. So how long have Sharks been on Earth for?   Fossil evidence shows that sharks populated the planet before the dinosaurs existed, more than 400 million years ago. Since the skeleton of the shark is composed primarily of cartilage, the only thing conserved from prehistoric sharks are fossil samples of the dermal denticles and teeth, but there are some exceptional cases of preserved skeletons.   Certainly, not all of [...]

By | 2018-05-16T06:55:25+00:00 May 8th, 2018|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on HOW LONG HAVE SHARKS BEEN AROUND?

SHARKS ARE UNDER SERIOUS THREAT AROUND THE GLOBE

Sharks are a fundamental predator at on the top of their marine food chains, and they regulate the populations of species below them. Research has shown that massive depletion of sharks has falling effects throughout the ocean’s ecosystems. REPRODUCTION Sharks mature slowly, and reach reproductive age anywhere from 12 to 15 years. This, combined with the fact that many species only give birth to one or two pups at a time, means that sharks have great difficulty recovering after their populations have declined. Soon after birth, sharks’ pups swim away to fend for themselves. They are born with fully-fledged sets [...]

By | 2018-05-16T06:58:09+00:00 May 8th, 2018|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on SHARKS ARE UNDER SERIOUS THREAT AROUND THE GLOBE

WHERE DO WE FIND SHARKS?

Sharks can be found all over the world, mostly in cool waters and close to the coastal surface waters of all the major oceans. Most ocean – dwelling species would die if you removed them from saltwater, but about 20 different shark species can survive in fresh water rivers, lakes and streams; this includes the bull shark. This benefit allows these sharks to give birth to young in areas where they face little vulnerability of being eaten by other marine predators. From the sunny shallows to the ocean deep, the scorching tropics to frosty subarctic waters, and even freshwater rivers, [...]

By | 2018-07-04T11:45:31+00:00 May 8th, 2018|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on WHERE DO WE FIND SHARKS?

Let’s Talk About It … The Sharks of False Bay

The Sharks of False Bay......Due to the infamy the Great White has achieved in the False Bay Waters, one tends to overlook the magnificent diversity of Sharks we find in False Bay. Although being able to safely see a Great White Shark is deservedly on many a man’s bucket list, many of our smaller predators are over shadowed by the powerful presence of the White. Yet the sea that surrounds the Cape Peninsula is abundant in incredible sea life, including the Sharks listed below. The Below table consists of the various sharks species found and spotted over the years in [...]

By | 2018-07-04T11:49:43+00:00 March 9th, 2018|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on Let’s Talk About It … The Sharks of False Bay

Shark Finning

The spotlight focus this week for African Shark Eco Charters falls upon shark finning. Upon doing some research and seeing the damage caused on our environment, I am outraged and shocked at the impact of shark finning. So today’s blog is going to be about shark finning, its impact, and what can be done to prevent it.   So what is shark finning and where does it originate from? There is no accurate record of where finning originated from but it can be dated back to the 14th Century as a delicacy for nobles and aristocrats in China for shark [...]

By | 2018-07-04T12:02:07+00:00 March 8th, 2018|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on Shark Finning

Let’s Talk About It…Why Great White Sharks are not seen in captivity

Great whites are not seen in captivity........It is sadly human nature to try and confine our wildlife, whether marine or land. Maybe this is driven by a deep desire to feel powerful or maybe it’s the human races’ ability at cruelty that drives it; whatever it is, it is a very real fact. Some of us will remember when bears, lions, tigers and even elephants were a regular in circus’ the world over, so why would we stop there? If we could confine and subdue the King of the animal kingdom, why not do the same with the Apex predator [...]

By | 2018-07-04T11:32:14+00:00 March 8th, 2018|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on Let’s Talk About It…Why Great White Sharks are not seen in captivity