Apex Shark Expeditions continues to be the first choice operator for any serious shark documentary production. We strive to share our knowledge and passion for the sharks with film crews, to help develop the most visually stimulating and factually correct documentaries possible.
We have facilitated many well-known shark documentaries over the years. For more information on the documentaries filmed with us, go here.
Our shark expertise means we often personally feature as presenters or hosts of these shows. Chris is well recognised as the host of the Air Jaws series and is regularly involved in other documentaries.
Our vessel is custom-built for film and photography and allows film crews and photographers the freedom to walk around its entirety to find the best angles to shoot from.
False Bay offers an opportunity without equal for photographers wishing to see a rich diversity of wildlife. Our photographic expertise allows us to help amateur and professional photographers alike to get the best possible shot without compromising the wildlife.
We have worked with many of the world’s top marine cameramen and bring a host of film and photography experience to the table, thoroughly understand the needs of television and film professionals and are equipped to guide and direct production crews to get the best footage possible for their specific requirements. Filming has also exposed us to many amazing camera technologies.
BBC Channel: Planet Earth
This now famous breaching Great white shark segment was filmed using a first of its kind proto-type phantom camera. The new technology presented many challenges at the time but produced the most exciting results capturing a breaching great white shark at 2000 frames per second.
Ultimate Air Jaws 2010
This Emmy nominated documentary is the third of the Air Jaws Series and is the 4th highest rated Discovery Channel Shark Week Show ever. Amongst many high speed breaches captured, the team also filmed great white sharks underwater on high speed film for the first time.
Photographic guide for False Bay and surrounds
For more details on when best to see certain wildlife, see our sightings table.
Whilst Great Whites can breach at any time, it is most typical to see this behaviour in the early mornings from May through September. During the peak season at least 5 or more hunting events of varying durations are typically seen each morning.
If you are serious about getting a chance to shoot great images, then give yourself time to allow for weather, variable lighting, and of course the variations in sightings that each day may bring.
Typically a camera body with a high frame rate and fast lenses are recommended, but certainly not essential for shooting breaches.
Dolphins and Brydes Whales
Follow one of the dolphin schools to witness them feed on baitfish, bow ride, or breach during hunting season. These schools can be in excess of 3000 animals, so this is an amazing spectacle. If we are lucky, we might also have a Brydes Whale join in on the bait ball feeding event.
There is a very small chance to see Orcas hunting dolphin in False Bay between April and May.
Mako & Blue Sharks, Albatross and other Pelagic Birds
We find all these species offshore of Cape Point. The underwater imagery of the sharks are usually shot from the cage. There is also a very good chance of seeing four species of Albatross from very close distances as well as a mass of other bird life, providing amazing photography opportunities from the water.
Seven Gill Cow Sharks
We find these prehistoric sharks close to shore in approximately 12 metres of water. They are easy subjects to photograph.
Cape Gannets diving
March to May sees 100's, sometimes 1000's, of Gannets follow the baitfish into False Bay. These birds often engage in spectacular aerial assaults on these fish allowing us to get amongst this action.
Cape Fur Seal
We can get within a few metres of Seal Island’s 65 000 seals and photographers can get great up-close topside shots of this spectacle. There is an opportunity to shoot underwater images by snorkelling or scuba diving with Cape Fur Seals.
The African Penguin colony is land based. Photographers can get close to the penguins and shoot images of these birds amongst beautifully rounded boulders at the Boulders Beach penguin colony.
Cape Point Nature Reserve
A scenic tour to Cape Point Nature Reserve offers an opportunity to shoot fauna and flora, baboons and other wildlife.