Different Breaching Techniques Used By Great White Sharks

Following our previous blog post on the anti-predatory strategies of the Cape Fur Seals at Seal Island, here is a post which focuses on the different breaching techniques used by Great White Sharks when hunting for prey. Over millions of years, Great White Sharks have adapted their hunting techniques to include breaching as an effective means to hunt certain species of prey. Seal Island in  False Bay, South Africa is home to the "flying" Great White Sharks, and offers the unique opportunity to witness the highest number of natural predatory events between Great White Sharks and Cape Fur Seals in the world. [...]

By |2016-12-29T15:17:57+00:00October 31st, 2013|Categories: Tour Happening's|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Different Breaching Techniques Used By Great White Sharks

Anti-predatory Strategies of Cape Fur Seals

Natural predation by Great White Sharks on Cape Fur Seals   Anti-predatory strategies of Cape Fur Seals are often observed at Seal Island in False Bay, South Africa. Seal Island provides unique opportunities to observe natural predation by Great White Sharks on Cape Fur Seals, and to observe social interactions among both species. Cape Fur Seals are constantly aware of the imminent threat of Great White Sharks in the area, which is heightened during the winter months (June - August), when the predation of Great White Sharks on Cape Fur Seals is most intense. Cape Fur Seals have their [...]

Tell-Tale Signs Of A Great White Shark Natural Predation Event

Natural predation of a Great White Shark on a Cape Fur Seal Natural predation is one of the most fundamental interactions in nature and one of the most fascinating interactions to observe, but natural predation is rarely observed in the wild. Seal Island, in False Bay, South Africa, provides unique opportunities to observe natural predation by Great White Sharks on Cape Fur Seals and to observe social interactions among both species. Here are a few tell-tale signs that a natural predation even is happening in the  area: Incoming seals abruptly changing course, Seals suddenly switching from porpoising to rapid [...]

By |2016-12-29T15:17:57+00:00October 24th, 2013|Categories: Tour Happening's|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Tell-Tale Signs Of A Great White Shark Natural Predation Event

Are Great White Sharks the Apex Predator in False Bay

Are Great White Sharks the Apex Predator in False Bay? We have a perfect job at African Shark Eco-Charters, being able to go out everyday in the marine rich environment of False Bay, we get the chance to see first hand many of the wonderful species that we share this bay with. Many people when they hear the word “shark” in False Bay immediately  think of great white sharks. But, False Bay is home to an incredible  diversity of sharks, rays, skates and chimeras’(all cartilaginous fish)  with 27 different species, representing 15 families recorded in the  inshore waters of the [...]

By |2018-08-07T05:49:50+00:00October 22nd, 2013|Categories: Tour Happening's|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Are Great White Sharks the Apex Predator in False Bay

The ‘Flying’ AIRJAWS Great White’s of Seal Island

The Unique ‘Flying’ AIRJAWS Great White Sharks of Seal Island   We have had incredible activity the past few weeks at Seal Island in False Bay. The great white sharks have been giving our tourists quite the show. We may make you wake up and get out of bed very early in the morning (and on vacation too!) but I hope it’s worth it to see our famous ‘flying’ sharks hunting seals with a vengeance. Seal Island is the only place in the world where great white sharks consistently jump out of the water as part of their hunting strategy; [...]

By |2016-12-29T15:17:58+00:00July 31st, 2013|Categories: Tour Happening's|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on The ‘Flying’ AIRJAWS Great White’s of Seal Island

Great White Shark Anatomy

  “Flying” Great Whites of False Bay   Ever wanted to take a look inside the body of a Great White Shark to see what make it such an incredible apex predator? Check out this link on the anatomy of the Great White Shark on the National Geographic website. http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/wild/shark-attack-experiment-live/interactives/great-white-anatomy/ Join us on one of our “Airjaws” shark breaching trips to witness this spectacular breachingbehaviour of the Great White Sharks. This is certainly something that you do not want to miss! Here is some further information on our Great White Shark breaching trips. We would consider our high season [...]

Magical False Bay: Home of the “flying” (breaching) Great White Shark

Seal Island, False Bay is home to the "flying" (breaching) Great White Sharks, and offers the unique opportunity to witness natural predations of Great White Sharks on Cape Fur Seals. What make False Bay so special is that this behaviour can be seen  more frequently here than any other shark spot in the world. False Bay is home to an abundance of marine life, and on many of our trips you will get to see Southern Right Whales, varying-sized schools of Dolphins, thousands of penguins and you can witness over 64 000 seals on Seal Island. We also see pelagic [...]

By |2016-12-29T15:18:01+00:00January 9th, 2013|Categories: Tour Happening's|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Magical False Bay: Home of the “flying” (breaching) Great White Shark

Great White Shark natural predations at Seal Island, False Bay

Natural predation of a Great White Shark on a Cape Fur Seal Predation is one of the most fundamental interactions in nature and one of the most fascinating interactions to observe, but predation is rarely observed in the wild. Seal Island, in False Bay, South Africa, provides unique opportunities to observe natural predation by Great White Sharks on Cape Fur Seals and to observe social interactions among both species. Breaching is one of the hunting techniques that great white sharks use to surprise and kill its prey. They  surface with such force and explosive energy that it propels [...]

By |2016-12-29T15:18:01+00:00December 11th, 2012|Categories: Tour Happening's|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Great White Shark natural predations at Seal Island, False Bay

AIRJAWS: “Flying” (breaching) Great White Sharks of South Africa

“Flying” Great Whites of False Bay Airjaws 1 and 2 is the most successful shark show ever made by Discovery Channel, and it concentrates on the “flying”  (breaching) great white sharks of Seal Island, False Bay, South Africa. The boat it was filmed on was the ‘Blue Pointer”, operated by Rob Lawrence of African Shark Eco-Charters. According to Rodney Fox, Peter Benchley and Rocky Strong, as well as the whole National Geographic film crew who were out with us in 1999, they believe it to be the best place on the planet to see natural predator-prey interaction as well [...]

By |2016-12-29T15:18:01+00:00November 28th, 2012|Categories: Tour Happening's|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on AIRJAWS: “Flying” (breaching) Great White Sharks of South Africa

Great White Sharks Breaching!?

“Flying” Great Whites of False Bay Great White Sharks breaching!? Don’t you mean whales breaching? Nope it’s true, and you have to see it with your eyes to believe that Great White Sharks can “fly”. Seal Island, False Bay, Cape Town is home to the “flying” Great White Sharks. This is a term used for the Great White Sharks’ unique ability to breach out of the water. This breaching behaviour can be seen nowhere else on earth on such a regular basis. This unique hunting behaviour has become world renowned and put False Bay on the map for [...]

By |2016-12-29T15:18:02+00:00November 26th, 2012|Categories: Tour Happening's|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Great White Sharks Breaching!?