Shark Finning

The spotlight focus this week for African Shark Eco Charters falls upon shark fining. Upon doing some research and seeing the damage caused on our environment, I am outraged and shocked at the impact of shark fining. So today’s blog is going to be about shark fining, its impact, and what can be done to prevent it.   So what is shark fining and where does it originate from? There is no accurate record of where fining originated from but it can be dated back to the 14th Century as a delicacy for nobles and aristocrats in China for shark [...]

By |2018-11-30T09:56:35+00:00March 8th, 2018|Categories: News Articles|Tags: |Comments Off on Shark Finning

My educational encounter

I am a 19 year old Tourism student who needed to complete an internship at an established tourism business in order to complete my studies. Since I have a deep passion for our natural marine beauty and the animal abundance we are blessed with here in False bay, and have lived here for many years, I had decided to go to a local tourist hot-spot, Simon's town. In searching online I came across African Shark Eco Charters and after reading their excellent reviews, mission and vision they were the first company I had approached to complete my internship. I sent [...]

By |2018-11-30T10:30:14+00:00November 8th, 2017|Categories: News Articles|Comments Off on My educational encounter

Job Shadowing

Aaishah Miller – Job Shadowing with African Shark Eco-Charters Hi my name is Aaishah Miller, I am 16 years old and currently job shadowing at ASEC. On the 29th June I went on my first shark trip. The boat trip to seal island alone was really amazing, just watching all the buildings disappear as the boat continued to move forward. Along the way to seal island I saw dolphins swimming along with the boat, which was really amazing since I had never seen a dolphin before ,besides on tv and in books. We finally arrived at seal island and unfortunately [...]

By |2018-11-25T16:17:48+00:00October 18th, 2017|Categories: News Articles|Comments Off on Job Shadowing

Fukushima

Let's Talk Fact about Fukushima Fukushima According to The Guardian, “Extremely high radiation levels have been recorded inside a damaged reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, almost six years after the plant suffered a triple meltdown.” Atmospheric readings of 530 sieverts per hour! That's immediate radiation poisoning and death. With atmospheric readings as high as 530 sieverts an hour having been recorded inside the containment vessel of reactor number 2; which is one of three reactors that experienced a meltdown in March 2011, is it any wonder the sea and everything in it is out of sync!? A single dose [...]

By |2018-11-30T13:12:24+00:00April 24th, 2017|Categories: News Articles|Tags: |Comments Off on Fukushima

Top 10 things to do in Simons Town part two

So we’ve cancelled your shark cage diving trip-what now? You made your online booking weeks ago, told everyone including your nosey co-worker of your upcoming Afri-venture, got on a long car or plane ride to Cape Town, and the day of your cage dive is finally here! Except -we just cancelled the trip cause of rough sea conditions or bad weather and what’s worse-you are already on your way to Simons Town! What to do now? In the last blog we offered 5 of 10 things to do when in Simons Town, here are the other 5… KAYAK OR CANOE [...]

By |2018-11-26T09:12:35+00:00August 26th, 2016|Categories: News Articles|Tags: |Comments Off on Top 10 things to do in Simons Town part two

The shark-iest reason to visit Cape Town

The shark-iest reason you will want to visit Cape Town in winter According to South African tourism statistics, if you are reading this you are possibly doing so from North America, Europe, Australia, India, China or Namibia and that getting out to sea, one way or the other, is on your list of things to do while on vacation in Cape Town. Locals will tell you that there is always something to do here and they’re not wrong yet despite this, visitor numbers take a hard dive in winter. It seems even the Mother City is not immune to seasonality. [...]

By |2018-11-26T09:25:11+00:00August 12th, 2016|Categories: News Articles|Comments Off on The shark-iest reason to visit Cape Town

Shark Spotters in False Bay

Shark Spotters in False Bay – how they keep you and our sharks safe: The Flag System – what does it mean? Red Flag: High Alert! White Flag: Shark has been spotted! Black Flag: Spotting conditions are poor! Green Flag: Spotting conditions are good! Where and when can you find Shark Spotters on Duty? Permanent Beaches (365 days a year): Muizenberg: 8am – 6pm St James/Kalk Bay: 8am – 6pm Fish Hoek: 8am – 6pm (7am – 6.45pm in summer) The Hoek, Noordhoek: 8am – 6pm Caves, Kogel Bay: 8am – 6pm Temporary Beaches (Oct – April: Weekends, Public Holidays [...]

By |2018-11-23T07:42:36+00:00October 16th, 2015|Categories: Interesting Articles, News Articles|Tags: |Comments Off on Shark Spotters in False Bay

Red means DANGER

We’ve always associated colours with meaning; blue = cold, yellow = sunny and red = danger. So following that train of thought, the words “Red Tide” should set alarm bells ringing as a sign of something dangerous. Red Tide is a colloquialism for the out of control growth of harmful algal blooms, these are small, single cell plants that live in our oceans and freshwaters, which then produce toxic effects on fish, shellfish, marine mammals, and birds and have been known to cause illness in humans, if the contaminated fish / shell fish is consumed. These “blooms” will most often discolour [...]

By |2018-11-23T07:44:50+00:00August 29th, 2015|Categories: News Articles|Comments Off on Red means DANGER

When Booking A Shark Trip

It is heart breaking as a shark trip operator when we have to cancel trips due to unfavourable weather conditions, but as we believe in Safety First, there are times we simply have no other option. What makes it even more upsetting, is when the guest is unable to reschedule because they are leaving in a day or two. As a result, I have put together a couple tips, for both booking and taking a shark trip. When Booking: Always book a shark trip at the beginning of your holiday – actually any weather dependant trip or tour, so you [...]

By |2018-11-23T07:49:01+00:00July 19th, 2015|Categories: News Articles|Comments Off on When Booking A Shark Trip

Bragging Rights

I know I have said it before, but I can’t say it enough; it is simply wonderful to receive these kinds of reviews from our guests and it is with great pride and humility that we share them with all of you! “Enthusiastic Staff, Amazing Sharks” Reviewed 11 July 2015NEW Our tour with African Shark Eco Tours was amazing. We saw tons of natural predation, which was exhilarating.  One of my favorite parts of the trip was the staff. They were all kind, friendly, and good at their jobs. What made them so fun was their passion for sharks. Once [...]

By |2018-11-23T07:49:18+00:00July 18th, 2015|Categories: News Articles|Comments Off on Bragging Rights