Great White Shark Vulnerability

Why are certain Great White Shark populations potentially on the decline? Great White Sharks as we know them are about 16million years in fossil records. They are nearly perfect in so many aspects (sensory systems, body shape, power, tooth regeneration, the list goes on!) however certain populations are potentially declining why is this? However perfect…Read More

Gentle Giants

Every year, southern right whales travel all the way from the Antarctic to the coasts around South Africa. These gentle giants start arriving here roughly around June specifically to mate and calf. Once the calves are big and strong enough to make the long journey, the mothers will take them back down to the Antarctic,…Read More

The Importance of Sharks

Why are sharks so important? This is a question many people ask. The importance of sharks and the roles they play in the ocean are often unknown by the general public and therefore attitudes towards sharks and protecting them are quite negative. So, lets break this down and provide some answers as to what sharks…Read More

Perceptions Continued: The Power of a Photo

Following on from my previous blog on the perceptions of great white sharks and the influence of media on the general public’s opinions of these animals. I thought id carry on with a small blog displaying the power of photography. Most of us have a love and an instant affection for dogs (‘a mans best…Read More

Perceptions of Great White Sharks

How do you see the Great White Shark?? When most people hear the word SHARK, a shiver (funnily enough the term for a group of sharks!) runs down their spine. I believe this is because since children we have all been fed one thing when it comes to sharks and that is FEAR. From the…Read More

White Shark Projects Recycle Swop Shop

White Shark Projects, founded in 1989, is renowned for its dedication to the conservation of our oceans. White Shark Projects as a company also feel that it is important to support our local communities. So 10 years ago we come up with a community based project that supports the community whilst helping the environment. In…Read More

Sharks of Gansbaai

Every year tourists flock to Gansbaai (The Great White Capital of the World) to cage dive with the infamous great white shark. However, this area is rich in biodiversity and great white sharks may not be the only shark species you see around here if you look hard enough. White Shark Projects believe that education…Read More

Hooked on White Shark Projects

For the past eight years Francesc Pont Torné has been visiting Gansbaai around September time specifically to volunteer for White Shark Projects. We asked him what brings him back to our volunteer programme year after year and his response was as follows: “My name is Francesc Pont Torné, I am 47 years old and from…Read More

Shark Finning Facts

What is Shark Finning? Shark finning refers to the removal and retention of shark fins and the discard at sea of the carcass. The shark is most often still alive when it is tossed back into the water. Unable to swim, the shark slowly sinks toward the bottom where it is eaten alive by other…Read More

Big Eyes Wide Shut – Shark Finning

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 ray initiative, Ian Campbell, says…Read More

Shark Cosmetics

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 shark may have died for…Read More

Great White Shark Sightings

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 Shark Alley during Winter, the…Read More

Ocearch and its Ladies

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 public safety. The researchers work aboard…Read More

Timeline of Sharks

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 to become the “apex predators”…Read More

Social Media Killers

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, in blatant disregard of the…Read More

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