End of my Shark Season

End of the season Far too soon it seems my season with African Shark Eco Charters has come to an end. How the months have flown by so fast I have no idea, but what a time its been! I am so lucky to have shared it with a huge number of people from around the world on a daily basis! The guests we’ve had on board have been so much fun, all incredibly varied –different cultures, languages and ages (from 8 to 80!), but almost without exception each and everyone has gone away with a new respect (or a [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:51+00:00 September 25th, 2014|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on End of my Shark Season

Heading towards the end of shark season

Heading towards the end of shark season Due to a bad weather front passing through False Bay, African Shark Eco Charters was unable to go to sea 3 days running, so our trip on Friday was a complete lottery. As we are heading towards the end of the season the shark behaviour becomes more and more unpredictable, so we had no idea what to expect from our morning.   Thanks to our guests arriving nice and early at the jetty, approaching Seal Island in the dawn allowed us a great start to the day with several great predation activities. I [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:51+00:00 September 18th, 2014|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Heading towards the end of shark season

2 Sept was a fantastic day at sea…..

For most marine life a red toxic algae bloom is very bad news, but for African Shark Eco Charters it has been fantastic! The sudden algae bloom due to an increase in sunlight (it’s now officially spring in False Bay!) while high concentrations of nutrients exist, takes most of the oxygen out of the water, and means fish and crustaceans cannot survive in this harsh environment. The ones that can, will move away, but as we drove around the island on Monday the presence of many floating crustaceans proved that this is not possible for all life. Red tides are [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:51+00:00 September 8th, 2014|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on 2 Sept was a fantastic day at sea…..

“Amazing experience” shark diving with ASEC

“Amazing experience” shark diving with ASEC Reviewed 26 August 2014NEW We were attracted to Rob & his crew because we wanted to be part of a small group & also the responsible way your experience is managed. Other tour companies seemed to want as many people on their vessel as possible & once offshore had little regard for the well being & long term effect that human contact has on Great Whites. ASEC don't promote the use of chum so whilst that means you may have to be a little patient for your first sighting it also means you can [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:51+00:00 August 28th, 2014|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on “Amazing experience” shark diving with ASEC

“A must do! Excellent team” ASEC

“A must do! Excellent team” Reviewed 25 August 2014NEW I offered the shark dive to my husband as it was a dream for him to do it. He came back delighted and the experience was above expectation. The company came to Cape Town to pick him up and they headed to Simon town. The dive went very well with a viewing of 5 sharks, mainly all larger than 4/5 meters. The team was very professional, organised and very knowledgeable. The fact that you dive with oxygen helps as you can stay under water longer than just with mask and you [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:51+00:00 August 28th, 2014|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on “A must do! Excellent team” ASEC

Great White Shark “Propguard” back at the island

August 9th With the arrival of Propguard back at the island, and two fantastic breaches on our decoy, the smiles have been returned to African Shark Eco Charters faces. Although activity is still not quite at the level we would expect at this time of the year, it’s definitely an improvement. Most of this week’s cage diving has been a bit of in-and-out of the cage, but nearly everyone who wanted to see from the cage managed to (with a bit of perseverance!). It is also really nice that most people on the boat have been in good spirits about [...]

By | 2015-05-27T16:20:38+00:00 August 21st, 2014|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Great White Shark “Propguard” back at the island

Peak Season shark activity drops

August 1st This has been a big learning curve of a week for African Shark Eco Charters. The great white sharks in the bay seem to have dropped in huge numbers, right in the middle of the peak season. This behaviour is totally unexpected, unprecedented and unwelcome for both us and our guests. Many ideas to explain the massive change in behaviour have been batted around, but the underlying reality is that we probably will never know why. I’m told by people who have spent many years on the water in the bay, that activity in False Bay has been [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:51+00:00 August 7th, 2014|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Peak Season shark activity drops

Great White Shark Predation’s “all round”

Great White Shark Predation's all round   So, on Sunday ‎the 29th of June, myself and the rest of the crew here at African Shark Eco Charters set out to Seal Island here in False Bay South Africa to find ourselves some Great White Sharks. We got out to the Island around 7:20am and as we arrived we were greeted with an amazing natural predation. Birds where flying everywhere hoping to get some scraps and lucky for them they managed to get some. The predation went on for ages with the Cape Fur Seal jumping franticly, trying to evade the [...]

By | 2017-01-04T14:40:08+00:00 July 3rd, 2014|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Great White Shark Predation’s “all round”

Our new shark cage

Our new shark cage We at African Shark Eco-Charters have been dodging a lot of bad weather recently, which in high season has been especially hard on the girls in the office. Sadly we have had to say goodbye to a fantastic employee and friend, in the form of Tamsyn who has been working at African Shark Eco-Charters for 4 years. She has an exciting time ahead as she is leaving us to go to China, but we will all be very sad to see her go. However, we wish her the best of luck and I especially thank her [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:51+00:00 June 25th, 2014|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Our new shark cage

Another great Great White Shark…

10th June A bout of very bad weather, combined with boat maintenance meant the last week has been very low in terms of hours at sea. Thankfully though our trips today gave me a big dose of apex predator medicine making the world seem right again! With the whole crew itching to get out on the water, the morning’s trip started with relative ease. The sun now rises quite late at around 7.30am over the mountains behind Seal Island, (I know, I know – ‘quite late’ might make you laugh, but when you get up at 5.15am, 7.30 does seem [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:51+00:00 June 12th, 2014|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Another great Great White Shark…