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

Are you eating plastic?

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 idea that these pretty little beads…Read More

Sharks & Global Warming

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 their prey and they affect…Read More

Fake it till you make it

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 when they said that it…Read More

ABC’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 fears. The concept of shark cage diving is far more simple and definitely…Read More

Tourism Impact

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 local community of Masekhane…Read More

Conservation for Tourists

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 information as possible with our clients, informing…Read More

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