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.

Guest and Volunteer Experiences

One of the things we love, almost as much as sharks, is hearing from our guests and how they enjoyed their time spent with us and our False Bay sharks. We love to read their stories, reviews and tweets. We also spend time with our communities, and take in a number of job shadow applicants. We take these young people for an experience on the boat, we get them in the cage as well as take time with them, teaching the in’s and out’s of eco-tourism in the shark diving sector. Below, we have added three such short stories to [...]

By |2019-02-09T09:19:01+00:00February 9th, 2019|Categories: Guest Experiences|Comments Off on Guest and Volunteer Experiences

From A Sharks Perspective

A different perspective…   “I can smell them. The seals. Tasty, tasty seals. I just have to wait for the right one to pass overhead. Da….Da! Da…Da! Da..Da! DaDaDaDaDa! ” Bam! I soar through the air…graceful like a dolphin. “No! Come back! I want to eat you…I’m hungry.”  In the background I hear a roar racing towards me. “Better move. Find another seal. I’m so hungry. Always hungry for seals.  The big white noisy thing has moved off. I think they are looking for me. Maybe I should show them how I catch seals. I hear that roar coming closer [...]

By |2019-02-04T15:41:18+00:00January 28th, 2019|Categories: Interesting Articles, Sharks|Comments Off on From A Sharks Perspective

Broadnose Seven Gill Cow Sharks

The Broadnose Sevengill cow shark… its all in the name. This is an astounding shark to dive with its primitive looking and calm slow movements. This shark can be seen in Cape Town in the shallows and in the stunning protected reefs in the Kelp forests along the Cape Peninsula marine reserve. The Sevengill Broadnose Cow Shark... as named has 7 Gill slits rather than the standard 5 Gill slits most shark species have. They have a large round body with broad wide nose and comb-shaped teeth. Growing up to 3,3 metres in length, much more friendly than its fellow [...]

By |2019-03-26T14:28:37+00:00October 9th, 2018|Categories: Sharks|Comments Off on Broadnose Seven Gill Cow Sharks

What’s Been Happening This Season … Part 2

At the return of our shark season... in June, we welcomed some new faces, and were happy to welcome back some old favourites, but we did miss a number of our regular repeat visitors. I would love to tell you that they jumped and played, soaring through the air and doing all the things that have made False Bay famous for the “flying shark”, but this year, as mentioned before, was very different from previous years. Where we experienced breaching on almost every morning trip, and at least 2 or 3 predations, we were met with just a few breaches; [...]

By |2018-11-29T09:28:27+00:00September 27th, 2018|Categories: Tour Happening's|Comments Off on What’s Been Happening This Season … Part 2

What’s Been Happening This Season … Part 1

Heading off to Seal Island, False Bay at dawn. Moon still up. Great White Shark Season. For a good couple weeks’ now I have been thinking about putting to words my thoughts and opinions regarding this years’ Great White Season, and I guess now is the moment I have chosen to do it. Great White Sharks at Seal Island. In False Bay, we are subject to a season, not like summer, winter, autumn or spring, but a season in which the Great White Sharks are at Seal Island, which is the only area that we offer the trips [...]

By |2018-11-29T09:31:09+00:00September 25th, 2018|Categories: Tour Happening's|Comments Off on What’s Been Happening This Season … Part 1

A False Bay Dive

False Bay Map Diving in the deep blue sea... few can understand the tranquillity; the calm that the water brings when you fin through the ocean and marveling at its nature. So much of the ocean has yet to be discovered, much of it is in places humans are unable to reach. Driving to Simon’s Town along the False Bay coastal road, you’ll have passed the wreck of the SS Clan Stuart on your left. Her engine block protrudes from the water at low tide, and only the highest spring tides come close to covering it. The steamer [...]

By |2018-11-29T09:37:17+00:00September 25th, 2018|Categories: Interesting Articles|Comments Off on A False Bay Dive

WATER

Earth as it stands is the only planet in our solar system recorded to have water, it is naïve to believe that we are the only planet that has water because we haven’t explored the outer space. So let’s see what having water has done for our planet… The molecule composition for water is 2 hydrogen atoms and 1 oxygen atom, because of their polarity, water molecules happily attract each other. The plus end of one—a hydrogen atom—associates with the minus end of another—an oxygen atom. These attractions are an example of hydrogen bonds, weak interactions that form between a hydrogen [...]

By |2018-11-29T09:38:57+00:00September 17th, 2018|Categories: Water|Comments Off on WATER

False Bay’s Ocean Critters

False bay is a body of water defined by Cape Hangklip derived from the Dutch for Hanging-rock and the Cape Peninsula in the extreme south-west of South Africa, False Bay is enclosed by mountainous terrain and urban structure. Seal Island - The main breeding site of Cape Fur Seals. There is a small island in the bay called Seal Island, which is one of the main breeding sites for the Cape fur seal. The seals attract many great white sharks and some of the biggest sharks ever seen have been spotted in these waters. These sharks are famous for the [...]

By |2018-11-29T10:11:44+00:00September 13th, 2018|Categories: Interesting Articles|Comments Off on False Bay’s Ocean Critters

What do we really know about the ocean?

The ocean - what do we really know about the ocean? The Earth has more water than land, but how much is more. About 71% of the Earth’s surface is water and 29% of the Earth’s surface is land.  The ocean holds about 96.5% of all Earth's water.  As we know water can be found in varies forms solid liquid or gaseous.  Water exists in the air as water vapour, in rivers and lakes, in icecaps and glaciers, in the ground as soil moisture and in aquifers. The oceans is full of water, the ocean water is not pure H2O, [...]

By |2018-11-29T10:21:36+00:00August 30th, 2018|Categories: Interesting Articles|Comments Off on What do we really know about the ocean?

What plastic could do to the environment?

Plastic in the environment 1. Plastic is everywhere. A lot of it ends up in the ocean. Most plastics in the ocean break up into very small particles. These small plastic bits are called "micro-plastics." Other plastics are intentionally designed to be small. They're called micro-beads and are used in many health and beauty products. They pass unchanged through waterways into the ocean. Aquatic life and birds can mistake micro-plastics for food. Research is being conducted. But there's still much we don't know. Plastic is the most prevalent type of marine debris found in our ocean and Great Lakes. Plastic [...]

By |2018-11-29T10:23:01+00:00August 10th, 2018|Categories: Interesting Articles|Comments Off on What plastic could do to the environment?