There’s a silent, serial killer on the loose and it drifts along streams and coastlines, gobbling up oxygen, suffocating and killing aquatic life. “Dead zones” are the consequential killers, borne from our agricultural systems. Dead zones are basically areas of water with decreased oxygen levels, in which practically nothing, except…
What a great day at the White Shark Projects! All of us volunteers went on the boat and shared this wonderful trip. It all started with a sighting of a Humpback Dolphin whilst getting the anchor and wetsuits ready at the bow. It was a brief sighting, as we only…
  I’ve just read an article in a local South African newspaper, which at first made me smile so broadly with delight but then, a few paragraphs later, made me fall into a deep despair. Allow me to explain my bipolar-like reaction to this article: The heading reads: “Plan in…
White Shark Projects featured on InfoHub.com + GIVEAWAY!!!   Dear friends! Today we are thrilled to announce that one of our projects – White Shark Volunteer Project – has been chosen as an Unordinary Trip of the Month by InfoHub.com , the #1 travel portal on the Internet specializing in…
Responsibly Green: Eco-Tourism. Responsible Tourism. Sustainable Tourism. We’ve all heard the lingo, but do we know, or more frankly, do we care what it means? In short, responsible tourism is about creating better places to live in and better places to visit. The order of that sentence is key though.…
On Saturday the 16th of September, White Shark Projects’ Crew and Volunteers were joined by Gansbaai Tourism, La Pentola Crew, Gansbaai locals and the Cape United Soccer Team to clean up the coastal town of Gansbaai. For this year’s International Coastal Clean-Up Day, we decided to focus on prevention and…
Save our Seas! Save our Sharks! These words may have been echoing through social media platforms and you may have seen it a hundred times, but have you ever wondered “what’s the big deal with sharks?”. Why do we need to save them? Why are they SO important? Well, there…
In the previous two episodes, we discussed ways in which we can reduce our plastic footprint and in so doing, become Ocean Superheroes and save some Marine lives. Today, in the final episode of this trilogy, we take a closer look into our cupboards and see how a change in…
In our previous episode, you were introduced to 5 simple steps/choices to reduce your single-use plastics, as well as the repercussions of said plastics. In this episode, I will be showing you how your food choices can help save some lives – no, don’t worry, I am not jumping on…
Our oceans and marine life are being choked by a continuous supply of plastic; from plastic bags and bottles, to straws and microbeads. 80% of marine plastics come from land-based sources, which are then blown or washed into the ocean. Plastic travels well and ends up on shorelines, in the…
Here at White Shark Projects we fly our responsible tourism flag high and we take pride in our social and environmental roles. We have a firm belief in conservation through education and aim to turn everybody into a shark and ocean ambassador. Therefore, we ensure that we share as much…
How does tourism impact on local communities? Sometimes it has a beneficial influence, sometimes I feel it has a diluting impact on local traditions and behaviours. But for today, we will focus on the positive impact. Let’s take a look now at how the Shark Cage Diving Industry has influenced…
The ABC’s and 123’s of Shark Cage Diving: “Shark”, the mere term strikes fear in the hearts of most who hear it. But when combined with “cage” & “diving”, it completely boggles the minds of those same souls. I am here today to dispel any, and all of those preconceived…
You too may have seen this image which went viral on social media and whose “popularity” fuelled justified anger from National Geographic. This image was stated as the winner of The National Geographic Photo of the Year – which obviously was untrue. I find myself agreeing wholeheartedly with Nat Geo…
Did you know that sharks play a role in mitigating Climate Change? Let me show you how . . . Like good insurance policies, Sharks as Apex predators are directly and indirectly in charge of the health of the ecosystems they patrol. They influence the distribution, behaviour and abundance of…
We have all seen them, and most of us have used them, but do we know exactly what they are? Allow me to introduce to you, the Mighty Microbead… Microbeads are small plastic particles (<2 millimetres) and they come in an array of bright and consumer-catching-colours.  Most people have no…
When it comes to social media, we have all heard the catch phrases of “trending”; “selfies” etc. But this latest trend leaves me cold with disgust and volcanic with anger. There seems to be this growing trend where animals are being plucked from their natural environment and used as selfie-props,…
If you could go back in time and look at the first, unremarkable prehistoric sharks of the Devonian period (about 400 million years ago) you would never guess that their descendants would become such dominant creatures, holding their own against vicious aquatic reptiles like pliosaurs and mosasaurs and going on…
We have all heard of them, but here’s a little more detail for you . . . OCEARCH is a non-profit organisation with a global reach for unprecedented ocean-based research seeking to attain groundbreaking data on the movement, biology and health of apex predators to protect their future, while enhancing…
Winter in the Southern Hemisphere is known as the best season to view Great White Sharks. Here in Gansbaai, we have sharks all-year-round, but Winter is still traditionally considered as the best season. There are a few contributing factors, such as the fact that there are more sharks hanging around…
Cosmetics and skincare go hand in hand and it’s something that the fairer sex can rarely live without. It’s packaged in beautiful colours with promising words, but there's an ugly truth hidden in many cosmetic and beauty products - an ugly reality that most of us are oblivious of: A…
1. Effective up to 25 meters 2. 10 times greater than humans in clear water 3. Eyes very similar to humans – cornea , lens, retina, iris, pupil 4. Contains rods and cones so can detect colour and see in low light – new research (2011) shows not all sharks…
 Currently, shark fins are allowed to be separated at sea, but the rest of the carcass must be kept on the same vessel and the total volume of fins has to be five percent of the total weight of bodies on board. But the manager of WWF's global shark and…
Is it my imagination or is this year just accelerating at a manic pace? It feels as if I’ve only just recovered from the Reindeers and singing Santas, only to have my New Year’s resolutions accosted by defiant chocolate bunnies around every corner! But the chocolate bunnies are also an indication that winter is…
Very little is known about the location of mating and pupping of Great White Sharks. A Great White Shark birth (and mating) has yet to be photographed/filmed/or otherwise documented anywhere in the world! They are ovoviviparous, give birth to 2-14 live pups, and may only produce 4-6 litters in a…
We had a phenomenal 2014 here at White Shark Projects! It proved to be a great year for shark cage diving as we saw a total of 2496 sharks! The month with the highest number of sharks spotted was April with a staggering 345 sharks! The 23rd of September was…
Ah, a beautiful romantic sunset over the ocean can inspire one to burst out into a loving serenade. However, after reading this, you may never look at the sun setting over water in the same way again. . . Sitting comfortably at the top of the marine food chain, Great…
One of the main reasons sharks are such effective predators is their keenly attuned senses.  However, when you take one of these super-senses away, it significantly hinders the shark's hunting ability. By themselves, none of a shark's sense organs would be adequate for effective hunting. But by combining all of…
Sharks and rays share our senses – those of smell, taste, hearing, touch, and sight – but they inhabit a world very different from ours: in the ocean, light and sound move at very different angles and speeds than in air. To travel the globe, locate other fish and hunt…
Scientists fear that ocean acidification could pose further problems for sharks, whose numbers are shrinking worldwide due to human activity. No one knew how juvenile sharks might respond to climate change until now. Scientists found that the condition and survival of young tropical bamboo sharks (Chiloscyllium punctatum) fell sharply if they developed and…
The remoras, sometimes called suckerfish, are a family (Echeneidae) of ray-finned fish in the order Perciformes.They grow to 30–90 cm (0.98–2.95 ft) long, and their distinctive first dorsal fins take the form of a modified oval, sucker-like organ with slat-like structures that open and close to create suction and take a firm hold against the skin of larger marine…
Personality, by its very name, seems to apply only to a person, e.g., a human. But can a shark actually be shy? Social? A risk-taker? Fierce or mellow? Imagining primates and even pets with their own personalities isn’t so hard. But some of the most fascinating work has been done…
Think Twice! Thousands of balloons or lit lanterns released into the sky: we have all seen it at least one, and it’s a very mesmerizing sight. People release balloons for various occasions: weddings, birthdays, memorials, graduations, charity events…Unfortunately, what goes up, must come down; these balloons and lanterns have to…
The KwaZulu Natal Sharks Board in South Africa is testing an electronic cable as a shark repellent. KZN Sharks Board is committed to investigating alternative bather-protection systems that will reduce the death and injury rates of sharks, dolphins, turtles and other marine species. The 100m long cable was installed in…
And in other shark related news; Donald Gibson found the first vertebra just as he had begun to dig out the space for the sunroom he had promised to build in the back yard of his parents' home in Calvert County, Maryland, USA.Over the following week more and more vertebrae…
Love, that curious, chemically charged emotion which we feel towards our favourites, will be celebrated again on Valentine’s Day, this coming Saturday. (And yes, it is my pleasure to have reminded you . . .) If you are reading this, then there is no doubt in my mind that you…
If you were to ask someone what colour is the ocean, chances are that they would answer that it is blue. For most of the world's oceans, their answer would be correct. Pure water is perfectly clear, of course - but if there is a lot of water, and the…
It was an early start to the morning with fishermen ready and geared up from 05:00 onwards, even though lines only went in at 07:00 everyone was eager to scout out their fishing spot for the day and secure their positions. MONSTER Energy had supplied everyone with enough energy drinks…
Most people seem to still believe the old fisherman's tale that fish and sharks do not or cannot feel pain. Without the ability to feel pain, would fish have survived the evolutionary cull? Pain is an integral warning sensation and no evidence has ever been produced to support the idea…
Even though its vastness may make it appear invincible, the oceans' ecosystem consists of a delicate balance that can be affected by small fluctuating surface temperatures. A small increase in the ocean's surface temperature is currently demonstrating what drastic chain-reaction-effects can be unleashed amongst all of its creatures, both big…
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