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

Trip Happenings

Trip Happenings with African Shark Eco-Charters August 17th So after three bad weather days in a row with very strong winds, we at African Shark Eco-Charters are contemplating what we may find when we go back to the island. Will the weather have encouraged new sharks into the bay, or fooled our current sharks into thinking it’s the end of the season? It’s obvious what we are all hoping for, but this late in August either is possible. The trips before the strong winds were very up and down, as has been the norm for this season – impossible to [...]

By | 2015-09-11T10:40:45+00:00 August 19th, 2015|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Trip Happenings

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…

Mako Sharks

The Mako shark is the fastest swimming shark in the world at 40 kilometres per hour, attaining burst speeds up to 70 kilometres per hour. Most individuals are between 1.5 and 2.5 metres in length but large females up to 4 metres have been previously recorded. This species is found in temperate and tropical (17-22 degree Celsius) waters up to 500 metres in depth. These sharks, like white sharks, are adapted to life in these cool waters and have a heat exchange system in their body that keeps their muscles and internal temperature above that of the surrounding cool waters. [...]

By | 2015-07-22T15:20:27+00:00 June 21st, 2015|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Mako Sharks

Shark Teeth

The part that scares people most about sharks has got to be all those sharp and pointy teeth, but you can actually tell a lot about sharks based on their teeth.   Most well publicized are the serrated triangular upper teeth of great white sharks, perfect for tearing into their prey, the Cape fur seal. However what most people don’t know is that juvenile white sharks actually have small unserrated needle-like teeth more like those seen on ragged tooth, mako and bull sharks. Now you may wonder how and why that would be, the answer is simple, juvenile white sharks [...]

By | 2015-06-06T11:22:37+00:00 June 6th, 2015|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Shark Teeth

The Seven Gilled Cow Sharks of False Bay

The Seven Gilled Cow Sharks of False Bay. Interestingly enough all sharks once possessed seven pairs of gill slits. Through evolution and many, years of defining, some shark species lost a pair or two of their gill slits. The broadnose sevengill however did not. The seven gills, or Cow Sharks, as we prefer to call them, have been around for millions of years, and fascinatingly enough have not had the urge to evolve much at all. The old naval base of Simon’s Town in the southern peninsula, offers one of the most fantastic shore diving sights in the world. Amidst [...]

By | 2015-09-07T19:45:33+00:00 May 20th, 2015|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on The Seven Gilled Cow Sharks of False Bay

Being Shark Smart in the Water this Summer

With summer on its way and the Great White Sharks moving closer inshore, our shark cage diving season in False Bay has officially come to an end, and African Shark Eco-Charters thought it would be a good idea to remind everyone to keep shark smart in the water and to obey the Shark Spotter’s Flag Warning System. Considering the number of people who use the ocean on a daily basis, the actual number of attacks by Great White Sharks is extremely low. People are not the natural prey of the Great White Sharks. Everyone entering the ocean should do so at [...]

By | 2017-06-07T16:34:17+00:00 October 31st, 2014|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Being Shark Smart in the Water this Summer

Seven Gill Cow Shark Diving with African Shark Eco Charters

The Cow Shark is characterized by an extra pair, or pairs of Gill Slits. There are 37 species in the family Hexanchidae, but the one being discussed here is the Spotted Cow Shark, or 7 Gill Cow Shark.  These incredibly inquisitive creatures are known as the most primitive of all Sharks; due to the fact their skeletons resemble those of ancient extinct forms, with extremely modern adaptions.   Why this Shark is so interesting is due to the seventh Gill slit that it hosts. Being ovoviviparous, the mother carries the egg cases inside her until they hatch, and they feed [...]

By | 2018-03-06T13:28:50+00:00 September 29th, 2014|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Seven Gill Cow Shark Diving with African Shark Eco Charters

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

African Shark Eco-Charters – Our Shark-Proof Cage

Now that Great White Shark season has officially started here at African Shark Eco-Charters and in False Bay, our boat has been doing almost daily runs to Seal Island, and our Shark Cage has been put to good use.  For all those who are concerned about going into the Shark Cage, I though I would give you some background information on it. Our Cages are designed and made by qualified welders and meet the requirements of the Great White Shark Safety Code of Conduct. The cage is rectangular-shaped and while it is a drifting surface cage, it is secured to [...]

By | 2017-01-05T07:05:47+00:00 April 4th, 2014|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on African Shark Eco-Charters – Our Shark-Proof Cage