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 | 2018-03-09T08:33:29+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 | 2018-03-09T07:57:59+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 | 2018-03-09T08:15:42+00:00 March 8th, 2018|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on Let’s Talk About It…Why Great White Sharks are not seen in captivity

Talking About Sharks…

I said before that I wanted to venture into the world of sharks with you, one at a time, learning about their individual characteristics and make up, and thought I would start with an overview of some of the more “outstanding” of the 510 species of shark. I spoke of the Lemon Shark in my previous blog, and also admitted that this is one of my favourite sharks, but there are a whole lot of others that will inspire awe and amazement at their sheer abilities and odd looks! Possibly one of the most vicious looking of all sharks is [...]

By | 2018-03-08T09:34:09+00:00 March 7th, 2018|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on Talking About Sharks…

Fun Facts – Sharks

The more I learn about these majestic creatures, the more fascinated I become and the more I want to know! I think this is true of most of us. Let’s see how many of these facts you were familiar with. What is it, which characterizes sharks and differentiates them from the other sea creatures? Their teeth – did you know that sharks re-grow their teeth from the back to front, almost like a conveyer belt, and can “shed” as many as 6000 teeth per year Their sandpaper like skin – did you know that their skin is made up of [...]

By | 2018-03-08T09:39:44+00:00 March 7th, 2018|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on Fun Facts – Sharks

My educational encounter with African Shark Eco-Charters

I am a 19 year old Tourism student who needed to complete an internship at an established tourism business in order to complete my studies. Since I have a deep passion for our natural marine beauty and the animal abundance we are blessed with here in False bay, and have lived here for many years, I had decided to go to a local tourist hot-spot, Simon's town. In searching online I came across African Shark Eco Charters and after reading their excellent reviews, mission and vision they were the first company I had approached to complete my internship. I sent [...]

By | 2018-03-08T10:09:20+00:00 November 8th, 2017|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on My educational encounter with African Shark Eco-Charters

Great White Shark….Touch

Ever thought what it would be like to hug a shark or swim on its back like a dolphin does? No? Well not me… So what does a shark’s “skin” feel like? The shark’s sense of touch consists of two forms: the actual contact and the distant touch. These are based in the lateral line. You know how you always see a shark bump an object with their nose? Well, this how they “touch” and it is called nosing an object. The second form of the touching sense is the distant touch. Here the shark uses electroreception to sense where [...]

By | 2018-03-09T07:37:37+00:00 September 6th, 2017|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on Great White Shark….Touch

Let’s Talk About It…What to do when your shark trip is cancelled

“We regret to inform you that your shark trip for tomorrow has been cancelled…”Of course, it is the last thing you want to hear when you have been waiting months for your shark trip to eventually roll around; but in reality, it can and does happen from time to time, so when it does, let’s see how we can somehow still make your day a good one! The reason for the cancellation will play a large part in what other activities are on offer, so let’s go through a couple. Firstly, hopefully you booked your shark cage dive early into [...]

By | 2018-03-09T07:38:09+00:00 September 6th, 2017|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on Let’s Talk About It…What to do when your shark trip is cancelled

Let’s Talk About It…The Pacific Sleeper Shark

The Pacific Sleeper Shark is of the Somniosidae family of shark, which include the giant Greenland Shark. Commonly called “Sleeper Sharks” due to their slow swimming and non-aggressive natures, these sharks have a familiarly look. The Pacific Sleeper Shark is the smallest of the family group, reaching an average size of 3.5 meters (12 feet) while it’s other family members can and do grown well beyond that 7 meters (23 feet) in length! They boast a rounded snout and grey-black skin which is rough to the touch, they have an almost torpedo shape body with low dorsal fins. Being deep [...]

By | 2018-03-09T07:40:43+00:00 May 29th, 2017|Interesting Articles, Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Let’s Talk About It…The Pacific Sleeper Shark

Can sharks hear?

Its a good question, can sharks hear? They don’t have ears…? Well it is speculated that sharks have a very well-developed hearing sense because it works with the lateral line that enhances and detects vibrations. This makes them good at hearing low vibrations frequencies and finding the position of the noise through using the lateral pores. So they can hear prey that is near. And although they may not have ear lobes they do have ears. These ears are small holes on the sides of the head that leads to the inner ear. The inner ear has 3 chambers and [...]

By | 2017-06-08T10:10:17+00:00 May 16th, 2017|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on Can sharks hear?