Shark Cage Diving in Simons Town, Cape Town

Today I thought I would keep to the topic of sharks of course, but taking it from a different angle, that of the operators who offer dives out of Simon’s Town, Western Cape. There are a couple of things to remember when embarking on the exciting shark cage dive, but the most important being that these are wild animals, not trained to perform and appear at our behest, but rather they grace us with their presence and we are blessed to be able to see them in their natural environment. 20+Years ago, Rob Lawrence affectionately known as the Shark Legend, [...]

By | 2017-02-01T15:56:22+00:00 August 22nd, 2015|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Shark Cage Diving in Simons Town, Cape Town

Let’s Talk About Wobbegong Sharks…

A wabba, wabba, what you say? You heard me, it’s a Wabbegong Shark! You would be forgiven for thinking it was a part of the seabed, an ocean floor carpet, if you will, so much so, this is another name for this interesting little fella’.   The Wobbegong Shark is a bottom dweller, covering the oceans beds like rugs, hence the name “Carpet Shark”. There are 12 different species of Carpet Shark, and they all prefer shallow, temperate waters, but one, the Japanese Wobbegong, which is found in the far Northern oceans of Japan.   Most Wobbegong Sharks grow to [...]

By | 2018-03-06T13:23:16+00:00 August 16th, 2015|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Let’s Talk About Wobbegong Sharks…

Blue sharks

Blue sharks get their name from the beautiful blue colour of the skin on their back and sides. These sharks are extremely wide-ranging and can be found in both tropical and temperate seas, in waters between 7 and 16 degrees Celsius. They are also known for producing large litters of pups, between 4 and 135 pups at a time, with the number of pups determined by the size of the female. This species is usually found in deep waters, up to 350 metres and are considered a pelagic or blue water shark species. While out in the deep blue this [...]

By | 2015-06-14T08:44:40+00:00 June 14th, 2015|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Blue sharks

The Great White Shark season at African Shark Eco Charters draws to a close

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 The Great White Shark season at African Shark Eco Charters draws to a close

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…

False Bay Marine Big 5 With African Shark Eco-Charters

Here in South Africa we have the famous Big 5 Safari animals  (lion,  leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo),  But have you heard that we  have an equally impressive Marine Big 5 right here in False Bay?  The Marine Big 5 are made up of the Southern Right Whale, Cape Fur Seal, African Penguin, Common Dolphins and our favourite the Great White Shark.  False Bay in the Western Cape is one of the only places in the World that can boast of such a diverse and unique range of marine wildlife, making it a one of a kind Eco-Destination. On our Great [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:53+00:00 March 27th, 2014|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on False Bay Marine Big 5 With African Shark Eco-Charters

Dolphins in False Bay

  On the African Shark Eco-Charter Great White Shark trips to Seal Island, Common Dolphins are often seen. People love dolphins and they are held in high regard, it is a common seafaring legend that to kill a Dolphin will bring bad luck to your ship, but spotting a Dolphin riding in the Ships wake is considered a good omen, and we get a lot of Dolphins riding in our wake on trips.  They are widely distributed in the offshore waters along the entire coast of South Africa and love hunting fish in the marine rich False Bay.  There are [...]

By | 2017-01-04T12:00:53+00:00 November 26th, 2013|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Dolphins in False Bay

Back at Seal Island

Dawn breaks over Seal Island False Bay The first day back at sea after a number of days of foul weather always makes me at bit nervous. Will the sharks still be there? Yesterday we were back at Seal Island after a stretch of wild Cape Town weather and I was excited and anxious to see what the shark activity would be like. The morning AIRJAWS trip started with a gorgeous red sunrise and clear skies; a welcomed sight after a week of rain. Predation activity was slow so we anchored up to prepare for the cage diving. [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:18:04+00:00 August 23rd, 2012|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Back at Seal Island

Dolphins Galore in False Bay

Common dolphins are frequently seen on our Great White Shark trips and are widely distributed in the offshore waters along the entire coast of South Africa. There are two species of common dolphin, the long-beaked and short-beaked common dolphin. The main species that we see on our trips is the long-beaked common dolphin. Physical Description & Colour Common dolphins can easily be identified by their bright, colour-contrasting patters. The sides are light grey in colour behind the dorsal fin, and a yellowish-tan colour in front of the dorsal fin, which creates their distinct hourglass pattern. The back is dark grey-to-black [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:18:04+00:00 July 26th, 2012|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Dolphins Galore in False Bay