Shark Spotters Go Cage Diving

Earlier this week the Shark Spotters were treated by African Shark Eco-Charters (ASEC) to their first cage dive with the white sharks of False Bay. Sitting on top of the mountains scanning our beaches for shark activity results in observations being made 100’s of meters away. This view of the sharks is as far away as you can get. So when they were presented with the opportunity to get as...

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William Simpson Sponsors New Vehicle

Seen here is Sharks Spotters receiving their new sponsored vehicle from Willaim Simpson. They previously drove the famous little Nissan 1400 bakkie and seen here is the latest Nissan Np200 model.The Shark Spotting team would like to say a big thank you to William Simpson for their ongoing support of the program. It is greatly...

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A special shark returns to Seal Island: News from the research team

We have had some spectacular days out at Seal Island in the last month. On top of our usual research activities of tagging and tracking sharks we have also being attempting to deploy Crittercams again. The deployments have been difficult so far due to a few issues with the attachment pole, but we have sorted out the problem and should be more successful from now. However, the highlight of this...

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Lightning crashes as white sharks take to the air

Yesterday was a day I won’t easily forget as we had the most beautiful lightning and thunder storm in False Bay while white sharks breached out of the water to catch their seal prey. Seal Island is a very special place on a normal day, but yesterday was a day that will stand out for me as one of my highlights. We left Simon’s Town harbour when it was still completely dark. During the...

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White sharks have been protected here since 1991

Even though South Africa has been identified as a centre of abundance and white sharks have been protected here since 1991, white shark populations are threatened globally. The White Shark Research Programme, a Save Our Seas Shark Centre, Marine and Coastal Management and University of Cape Town collaboration, seeks to provide a thorough understanding of their ecological needs to ensure that...

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Our First White Shark Trip of the Season

Last week Morne, Monwabisi and I made our first trip of the season to Seal Island to determine whether the white sharks had returned yet. It’s been a few months since we last saw a white shark and we were eager to see what was going on. We took along two other Shark Spotters, Ghaliep and Wonga who had spent the summer keeping Cape Town’s beaches safer, but had never been to Seal Island...

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