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Orca Research Trust New Zealand

General NewsPosted on: Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Orca with Dr Ingrid Visser

written by Monique Fallows

I have recently had the great privilege of spending time with Dr Ingrid Visser, an orca researcher and conservation campaigner from New Zealand. Ingrid is an inspiring woman who is extremely knowledgeable not only on her favourite subject, orca, ...

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A humpback whale breaching in False Bay, Cape Town

General NewsPosted on: Thursday, 11 June 2015

The Sharks Return

written by Fiona McLellan

After a long period of no shark sightings at Seal Island, we are happy to report consistent sightings over the last 7 days. Whoop! I think we can safely say they are back for the remainder of the season. One of our trips on a chilly wintery mornin...

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A cow shark in False Bay, Cape Town.

General NewsPosted on: Friday, 29 May 2015

Still Waters in False Bay

written by Fiona McLellan

No day is the same when at sea. Not everything that happens in nature has an answer. The past month has reminded us that this is a phenomenon that takes place frequently when working with nature. It's as though someone sent out an evacuation si...

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A great white shark breaching around Seal Island, False Bay

General NewsPosted on: Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Photographing Marine Wildlife

written by Chris Fallows

Most people think that when you go and photograph marine wildlife you need to get wet. Well in many cases this is not true, especially in False Bay off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa. The beauty about shooting in the bay is that many of t...

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A great white shark and seal swim in close proximity with a guest in the cage at Seal Island, South Africa

General NewsPosted on: Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Sharks vs Seals...or is it Seals vs Sharks?

written by Jimi Partington

One species you are guaranteed sightings of every single trip to Seal Island, South Africaare of course the seals themselves. When approaching Seal Island, the sight (and smell!) of 65,000 of these curious pinnipeds clinging to a rock amazingly is...

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A pilot whale off Cape Point, Cape Town

Shark BytesPosted on: Friday, 8 May 2015

April 2015 Shark Bytes

written by Monique Fallows

April 2015 is definitely echoing the pattern of the dreaded April of 2012 our sharks are currently missing in action! So, in this Shark Bytes I will briefly update you on our April Great White shark sightings as well as water conditions that c...

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Jimi Partington, crew member of Apex Shark Expeditions

TestimonialsPosted on: Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Diary of a Shark Handler

written by Jimi Partington

I find myself lowering tourists into a steel cage, attached to the side of our boat, letting them gather themselves for a few seconds before shouting instructions to pull themselves underwater to come face to face with a Great White shark for the ...

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Pilot whales swimming off Cape Point, Cape Town

General NewsPosted on: Friday, 17 April 2015

Pilot Whale Encounter

written by Monique Fallows

10 April Finally the weather forecast that we had been watching and waiting for came true and with zero wind and virtually non-existent swell we rounded Cape Point for a day of adventure. There have been few days as flat as this one and the se...

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Orca's hunting Common dolphins in False Bay, Cape Town

Shark BytesPosted on: Thursday, 9 April 2015

March 2015 Shark Bytes

written by Monique Fallows

I know I sound like a broken record and believe me I feel like a broken record the wind has not stopped blowing for the last two months! It has been a very challenging time at Seal Island and the rough seas have left us wistful of calmer days. Ot...

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A Great White shark in New Zealand.

Trip ReportsPosted on: Friday, 3 April 2015

New Zealand Great White Shark Expedition

written by Monique Fallows

March 2015 After a very long 36 hour journey from Cape Town to Stewart Island in New Zealand it was not very heartening to hear the words of our taxi driver If you cant cuddle them, kill them! This was his general feeling for wildlife in New Z...

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