Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Why Great White Sharks Cannot Be Kept in Captivity

While thousands of adrenaline enthusiasts, adventure fanatics and brave tourists go Great White Shark cage diving in Gansbaai every year, many people who can’t find the courage to do so have headed to many an aquarium with the intention of viewing the sharks in captivity. Despite having the best intentions – to learn more about the creature and safely observe them – they’ll find themselves out of luck; Great White Sharks are not kept in captivity, for a multitude of reasons; critically, they do not survive.

Scientists and biologists around the world have tried various methods of breeding and introducing Great White Sharks into captivity, but have all done so without much luck. Recently, a female Great White Shark reached a new record; surviving  44 days in a million-gallon tank housed at Monterey Bay Aquarium in California, eating four pounds of salmon, mackerel and one sardine. Following it’s release it dies a week later.The previous record was set in August 1981 when a great white shark lasted 16 days at SeaWorld in San Francisco before being released back into the ocean after refusing to eat.

So why is it that Great White Sharks are not or cannot be kept in captivity? There are many theories:
  • They are open water fish and cannot be confined. Tagged sharks have been known to swim hundreds of kilometres within a matter of days. This exercise and freedom is essential to their contentment
  • They get depressed in captivity. Great White Sharks that are kept within tanks have been known to head butt their `noses into the glass walls and lose their appetites. It has also been noted that they get increasingly aggressive in their depressed state
  • Great White Sharks are incredibly expensive to keep as they kill and eat all other creatures in their tanks. Aquariums would have to continuously restock a tank or dedicate an extremely large tank for the sharks to solely live (impossible as a tank would have to be kilometres long)
  • They refuse to be fed by humans, leading them to either die of starvation or be released into the wild. As predators , great white sharks are natural hunters and need the thrill of the hunt to survive – they will not survive on already dead small fish
  • Many people believe that sharks become depressed and even die in captivity due to aquariums using the incorrect water solutions, without enough saline. As Great White Sharks are salt water species, it’s absolutely crucial that the correct balance is maintained
  • Great White Sharks are a logistical nightmare for aquariums; not only do they have to capture them safely but they have to transport them and relocate them into a tank, all the while keeping them in water
  • Due to their size and aggressive disposition, great white sharks are incredibly hard to handle – most people would rather not go through the hassle and dangers of coming into contact with them, especially as keeping them content and alive in captivity is so difficult
There are countless theories as to why Great White Sharks have not yet been successfully bred and kept in captivity. Despite the successes of the recent  five week record and previous 16 day survival of a Great White Shark in captivity, a single Great White Shark has never survived in a tank in an aquarium. When it comes to seeing Great White Sharks, Gansbaai in the Western Cape of South Africa is undeniably the best and safest way to see these incredible creatures swimming happily in their natural habitat for yourself. It only takes a 15 minute boat ride to where the Sharks are found and they are seen throughout the year every day with 99.5% chance of seeing a Great White Shark on a trip.

Original Source: Shark Bookings

Monday, January 7, 2013

Johannesburg Airport

Hiring a car can be your best option for transport upon your arrival at Johannesburg airport, car hire allows you to travel at your own leisure at an affordable cost.

You can drop your car hire from Johannesburg Airport back at the airport upon your departure or at a South African car hire branch within most city centres.

Watch out for local taxis when in your Johannesburg Airport car hire that seem to have their own road rules and remember to report all dings and faults before you take the car out of the lot at the airport.

Source: Travelling from Johannesburg Airport

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Avoid Sharks Stay Home

Get in line online and have a look at the this Food delivery in Northgate site. I love it and I have what ever restaurant i feel like enjoying and I can get it eat it at home.
The beauty of eating it at home is that I get see some of the greatest Sunsets that South Africa has to offer. So why not chose food delivery in Kwazulu natal which is possible online

Friday, December 7, 2012

New Form Of Travel

International trips are becoming more hassle free with each passing year. Renting a vehicle for example just could not be more convenient. I love landing in a new country and just taking out my phone and searching for Cape Town car hire for example. Takes two seconds to find a hire company and reserve a car which can be picked up straight away. It's that easy! is on par with the rest of the world, certainly Europe in my experience. Lot's of friendly people that are will to help with any car related query as well.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Assurance With Peace Of Mind

As we've all been told at one time or another, life insurance makes a whole lot of sense. Without life cover the expenses of medical procedures can be overwhelming and too much to bear. I don't know about you but I would take any possible chance I could to prevent such a thing from happening. We often realize this to late unfortunately however. It could very well be the best choice when considering your loved ones future. For very little expense up front, this can be assured and you won't have to worry about this anymore. I'm glad I've got this sorted and can rest easy knowing my family's future is secure.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Unforgettable Cage Diving Gansbaai with Shark Bookings

Forget skidding down a sun drenched dune on a Formica board and plunging head first towards the earth while attached to nothing but a harness – shark cage diving has, and continues to be one of the country’s most popular adventure activities. As many adventure enthusiasts will tell you, “Diving with great white sharks is where pure, unadulterated adrenalin resides.”

Based in the shark cage diving capital of the world and operating for over 12 years, Shark Bookings is one of the most widely recognized and well respected tour companies in the Western Cape, which focuses exclusively on cage diving Gansbaai. Despite its humble beginnings, central website and booking office has continued to expand throughout the years, and inevitably become a world class booking service.

Although cage diving Gansbaai is their first and foremost focus, Dave and Elna have also expanded to popular diving areas such as Cape Town, Mossel Bay and Durban, as well as tropical destinations such as Mozambique. And with several spectacular diving destinations to explore, experiencing the sheer thrill of diving with some of the world’s most exquisite marine life is an absolute guarantee when booking a diving trip through Shark Bookings

Some trips on offer include: the ever popular Great White Shark Cage Diving dive package, a breath-taking Whale Watching Ocean Safari, a Shark Diving and Helicopter Flight combination package, a heart palpitating Tiger Shark dive package in Aliwal Shoal in Durban, and Diving with Manta Rays and Swimming with Whale Sharks diving packages in Mozambique. 

To discover more about Shark Bookings and their fantastic range of South Africa and Mozambique shark cage diving packages, visit the Shark Bookings website, or contact Dave or Elna Caravias on:
Telephone: 0027 (0) 82 466 4519
Facsimile: 0027 (0) 28 384 3763

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Shark cage diving

You get fantastic shark cage diving in Gaansbaai. and scuba diving tour packages. The Great White Shark Diving Company offers an experience of a life time which is definitely worth its price.

It is such a personalised experience to be face to face with the sharks. If you are a photographer this would be one of the best moments to get those perfect shots of the marine life, even while you are shark cage diving. Definitely one of the most frightening moments I’m sure you will ever experience in your life. If you are a serious shark enthusiast their company even offers five or ten day trips as well.

It offers you that once in a lifetime eye to eye contact with a great white shark. So if you are feeling courageous and daring enough, you should definitely go shark cage diving.

Source : Apex Predators