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 [...]

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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, [...]

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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

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.      This is a cow shark...............................That is not a cow shark                                              They [...]

By | 2018-03-09T07:36:54+00:00 September 6th, 2017|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Let’s Talk About It – The Seven-Gill Cow Shark

Muscle and Movement of a great white shark

Muscle and Movement Did you know sharks can fly? Okay, not really… but the microscopic grooves, or riblets, in shark’s skin inspired the construction of an aeroplane. Did you also know there is a material created that is similar to shark skin to prevent algae settling on the hull of ships? And engineers are attempting to integrate it into hospital coatings on surfaces to reduce infections and bacterial growth. A Great White tends to attack from beneath and behind therefore it needs to be fast and stealthy to catch prey. So let’s delve into Mother Nature’s design into an apex [...]

By | 2017-05-04T14:17:51+00:00 April 24th, 2017|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on Muscle and Movement of a great white shark

Summing up the surprises of the 2016 white shark season, Seal Island, False Bay

Summing up the surprises of the 2016 white shark season, Seal Island, False Bay Leigh de Necker   White sharks typically visit False Bay’s Seal Island to take advantage of vulnerable young of the year Cape fur seal pups when they start entering the water to feed. This is generally between March and September, however, this season showed a number of deviations from the expected norms. We took a trip to the Island towards the end of January and before we even had any bait in the water, we had seen a shark. We were beyond excited by the chance [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:45+00:00 October 11th, 2016|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Summing up the surprises of the 2016 white shark season, Seal Island, False Bay

The shark-iest reason you will want to visit Cape Town in winter

The shark-iest reason you will want to visit Cape Town in winter   According to South African tourism statistics, if you are reading this you are possibly doing so from North America, Europe, Australia, India, China or Namibia and that getting out to sea, one way or the other, is on your list of things to do while on vacation in Cape Town.   Locals will tell you that there is always something to do here and they’re not wrong yet despite this, visitor numbers take a hard dive in winter. It seems even the Mother City is not immune [...]

By | 2017-02-01T15:39:23+00:00 August 12th, 2016|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on The shark-iest reason you will want to visit Cape Town in winter

Don’t Get Mouthy…

  Don't get mouthy When you hear the words “Megamouth Shark”, what is the image it conjures? If you think big, nay huge mouth, well then you would be correct. It stands to reason, if it has a huge mouth, it has to have a rather large frame to fit it into, and again you would be correct. This is one of the largest shark species, being out grown only by the likes of Whale Sharks and the controversial Megalodon Sharks. Despite its massive size and mouth, this shark sports very small teeth, as it is a filter feeder, swimming [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:46+00:00 August 16th, 2015|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Don’t Get Mouthy…

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 | 2017-09-05T16:51:56+00:00 July 25th, 2015|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Talking About Sharks…