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.

Fun Great White Facts

Common names: Great White Shark, Great White, White Shark, White Pointer. Family: Lamnidae Scientific name: Carcharodon carcharias Size: Great White Sharks can reach up to 7.3 m in length (as per the largest White Shark ever caught on camera in Guadeloupe) and weigh up to 2.5 tons. The males reach sexual maturity between 3.5 and 4.1 m, and the females at a much larger size of 4 and 5 m. Coloration: The dorsal surface ranges from dark grey to light brown, while the underside is white. Range/Distribution: The Great White Shark is one of the most widely distributed of all sharks and has been sighted in [...]

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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 [...]

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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, [...]

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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 [...]

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What Are Sharks Good For?

Can Sharks Help Cure Cancer? Contrary to the song:”…what is it good for, absolutely nothing” Sharks have surprised us yet again, with yet another reason to keep them around for generations and generations! What is this new reason; well, sharks are helping find a cure for cancer! That’s right, you heard me, helping towards finding a cure for cancer, amongst other debilitating and fatal diseases! Talk about an about turn; from man-eating killing machine to life saving benevolent being! Sharks constantly find themselves having to defend themselves, from other sharks, humans and even prey. The Sharks’ battle tested immune system [...]

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Let’s take a peek inside the diet of the ocean’s most feared predator. We know sharks eat other fish, sea turtles and seals, but what else can find in the diet of a beast. Food chains always start with a plant because they are producers. A food chain can only go in one direction. Animals get their energy by eating food. Some animals eat fish; some fish eat other fish. Some animals eat plants; (and in the oceans) some plants eat animals. There is a delicate web of the food chain in the ocean which is heavily relied on by [...]

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When the sharks don’t come to the party

African Shark Eco-Charters pride themselves in Business Ethic and Customer Service. One of the many things we here at African Shark Eco-Charters pride ourselves in, is our business ethic and customer service. As a result of this, even though we are not in control of nature, whether it’s sea and weather conditions, or the sharks activity on any given day, we have put safe guards in place to ensure that you, our valued guest, gets to experience the amazing Great White Shark in its natural environment. The first thing is; we will not take payment (unless it’s a deposit for [...]

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The Ideal Shark Trip

The Start Of The Ideal Shark Cage Dive. Arrival at the pier at 06h40, on a cool but not uncomfortable morning. The glow of a promised sunrise peaking over the mountain tops, and a group of happy, fun and friendly guests joining you on The Blue Pointer. Everyone on time, disclaimers signed, briefing given and the trip is underway. Anticipation of the adventure ahead, grows as the island looms closer in the slow rising of the most dramatic sunrise, with reds, oranges and yellows streaking the purple sky. Bioluminescence clearly visible leaving a trail in the wake of the engines, [...]

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Latest Tripadvisor review

Fun and Educational Reviewed by Denise N 10 Jul 2018 Fun and Educational The crew are so dedicated and knowledgeable. It was a learning experience as well as an adventure. I felt lucky to have had the opportunity to see even just one great white shark.The crew really does try their best to attract sharks but the sharks have been in low numbers the last couple of seasons so people need to have realistic expectations. They really do try to give everyone the best experience possible given the circumstances on each particular day. Rob, the owner (and he personally skippered [...]

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The Marine Eco-System-Part Two

Taking this further, let’s look at the Shark, and specifically the Great White Shark. Being the Apex Predator, the removal of this creature will cause a top down effect on organisms that are lower on the food chain. For instance, it has been seen in some parts of the ocean where the population of the main predator has been reduced, resulting in the main prey then increasing and eventually eating themselves out of their food source! This then changes the entire ecology of the area. Logically, should the White Shark become extinct, it’s main food source, being seal, sea lion [...]

By |2018-11-29T10:51:54+00:00July 1st, 2018|Categories: Interesting Articles|Tags: |Comments Off on The Marine Eco-System-Part Two