About Rob Lawrence

Shark expert Rob Lawrence, together with his wife Karen and their dedicated team in Simon’s Town, Cape Town. Rob, also known as shark legend Rob or Captain Rob has been working with great white sharks for the last 20 years and has dedicated his life to the great white shark.

The Whales of False Bay

False Bay has more than just penguins and Sharks, we have whales too! Through the years, False bay has become synonymous to some, as Cape town’s whale and shark central, due to its diverse marine wildlife activity. Each year the False bay coastline is frequented by a number of whale species, making for exceptional whale-watching prospects. Locals and tourists flock to the False Bay area and are treated to an array of activities by these magnificent mammoth creatures, these include, breaching, spy-hopping, fluking, lob-tailing and spouting. Southern right whales The most common species visiting the Cape waters is the Southern [...]

By |2019-12-01T10:57:07+00:00November 6th, 2019|Categories: Marine Life|Comments Off on The Whales of False Bay

All About False Bay’s Seal Island

SEAL ISLAND Positioned more or less centrally in the northern region of the scenic False Bay, with the majestic Hottentot Holland mountain range to its right and a well-known landmark, Table Mountain ahead, lies a granite projection of rock where no soil or vegetation can be found, but nevertheless it has become home to between 65000-75000 Cape fur seals, hence its name, Seal Island, not to be mistaken with the Seal island in Hout bay, which is no comparison to False bay’s island. This is the most prevalent seal colony in the Western Cape. The island is similarly home to [...]

By |2019-11-06T08:49:43+00:00November 6th, 2019|Categories: Interesting Articles|Comments Off on All About False Bay’s Seal Island

Penguins and Cape Point Nature Reserve

Simons Town’s Penguin Colony and Cape Point Nature Reserve in a nutshell. Simons town is a picturesque and historical town, steeped in naval history and situated in False bay only 40 minutes from the central Cape Town CBD district. This quaint little village has a rich history, from the first four-legged able seaman to Shark Cage dives around the famous Seal Island. Simons Town is made up of a number of varying restaurants and museums, to cater to a variety of pallets and is well known for being South Africa’s largest naval base. On Jubilee square you will find the [...]

By |2019-11-06T08:50:32+00:00July 22nd, 2019|Categories: Interesting Articles, Marine Life|Comments Off on Penguins and Cape Point Nature Reserve

The Ultimate Guide To Shark Cage Diving in Cape Town, South Africa

The best time of year for shark cage diving in Cape Town Deciding on the best time for you to go shark cage diving in Cape Town, South Africa, will depend on what types of sharks you are wanting to see. This will also depend on the various shark cage diving areas and the seasons in which each of these areas operates. For example, the last year and a half has seen the introduction of the Sevengill Broadnose Sharks into the False Bay cage diving area. This has brought about an extension of the False Bay Shark Cage diving season, [...]

By |2019-07-10T10:47:21+00:00July 10th, 2019|Categories: Interesting Articles, Sharks|Comments Off on The Ultimate Guide To Shark Cage Diving in Cape Town, South Africa

ASEC’S Focus on May 2019

With May came a new insights. May came quickly this year; words we say every year, but this year, there was a difference! With the advent of the Sevengill Broadnose at our famous Seal Island, we had a very interesting albeit different season from those we have become accustomed to over the past 20+ years we have been sharing our beautiful marine eco-system, with you, our guests! Actually, we started seeing this new and exciting evolution to our season from the start of the season in 2018, where we were met with a Sevengill Broadnose Cow Shark at the island [...]

By |2019-06-01T10:02:39+00:00June 1st, 2019|Categories: Tour Happening's|Comments Off on ASEC’S Focus on May 2019

Birds of False Bay and Seal Island

Not only do we find Cape Fur Seals and Great White Sharks and Seven Gilled Cow Sharks at Seal Island, but the island is host to several bird species. Here is a great blog on birds that call False Bay "home". Cape Cormorants (Phalacrocorax capensis) These black/brown birds with a bright orange gape of the bill and a turquoise eye are found in abundance on Seal Island. This species of cormorant is the most common along our shores, but is confined to the coast. They are found all along the south-western Cape coast and are winter visitors to KwaZulu Natal. [...]

By |2019-05-30T11:26:57+00:00May 30th, 2019|Categories: Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Birds of False Bay and Seal Island

Recent African Shark Eco-Charters TripAdvisor Reviews

We want to thank everyone for their TripAdvisor reviews on African Shark Eco-Charters. Here are a few recent ones; "Great experience!" 30 Apr 2019 The crew was great! On arrival there was a coffee and then it was already in the direction of the boat. Just in time for the sunrise we arrived at the 'Ring of Death'. After the briefing, it was already in the water. It was not long before we saw the first sharks. The crew had a lot of interesting information for us and answered all questions in detail. There was enough to drink and snacks [...]

By |2019-05-06T22:23:55+00:00April 16th, 2019|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Recent African Shark Eco-Charters TripAdvisor Reviews

Types of Sharks in False Bay, Cape Town

Due to the infamy, the Great White Shark has achieved in False Bay in Cape Town, one tends to overlook the magnificent diversity of other types of Sharks we find in False Bay. Although being able to safely see a Great White Shark is deservedly on many a man’s bucket list, many of our smaller predators are over shadowed by the powerful presence of the White. Yet the sea that surrounds the Cape Peninsula is abundant in incredible sea life, including the many types of sharks that we will briefly discuss below. Here is a comprehensive list of all the types [...]

By |2019-11-06T08:50:41+00:00March 25th, 2019|Categories: Sharks|Comments Off on Types of Sharks in False Bay, Cape Town

Great White Shark Fun Facts

“Shark”… Few words have as much attention grabbing power. Add “Great White” to that and you will command a room. Many wait an entire lifetime to see a Great White Shark, but few want to meet one, thanks to Hollywood’s unrealistic and deceitful portrayal of the Great White, in its pursuit of fame and fortune, no image induces as much fear or signifies “death” in the water, as much as a dorsal fin! How much do you really know about The Great White Shark? Truthfully, how much does anyone really know about this fascinating creature? Well, I have decided to [...]

By |2019-04-01T09:57:20+00:00March 18th, 2019|Categories: Interesting Articles, Sharks|Comments Off on Great White Shark Fun Facts

Natural Predation of The Great White Shark

Predation of the Great White Shark 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. Methods used in the study of the Great White Sharks and Cape Fur Seals As part of a larger study instigated by Rob Lawrence of African Shark Eco-Charters and a colleague, predator-prey interactions between Great White Sharks and Cape Fur Seals at Seal Island, False Bay, South Africa, were [...]

By |2019-04-03T09:52:46+00:00March 8th, 2019|Categories: Sharks|Comments Off on Natural Predation of The Great White Shark