Shark Explorers

Station Road, No. 12E Squires Building, 7995 Simonstown
South Africa

info@sharkexplorers.com

Location

Hall map

boot 2017 hall map (Hall 3): stand B70

Fairground map

boot 2017 fairground map: Hall 3

Our range of products

Product categories

  • 08  Diving
  • 08.02  Services (Diving)

Our products

Product category: Services (Diving)

Production

Award winning cameraman Morne Hardenberg started his underwater filming career in 2001 when he was requested to take on the role of underwater cameraman and film White sharks free from any cages in National Geographic’s “Beyond fear”. Since then Morne has spend more time free diving and filming White sharks than any other cameraman on the planet. His insight into shark behavior and filming landed him the title of primary underwater cameraman on 8 high end White shark films and documentaries of which several won numerous awards.

In 2008 Morne was presented with the “Award of Excellence” from the Guild of television cameramen for his white shark sequences in the film “Sharkman : Great White”. In working with top class film crews and broadcasters Morne has learnt the needs of television professionals and is equipped to assist, guide and direct production crews in getting the best shots possible in and around the marine environment.

Films and Documentaries
  • Beyond Fear (Nat Geo)
  • Sharkman (Discovery/Animal Planet)
  • Great White Shark: A living legend (BBC Natural World)
  • Planet in Peril:BattleLines (CNN)
  • 100 Heart Beats with Jeff Corwin (MSNBC)
  • History of the Oceans (Nat Geo)
  • Sharkman (60minutesAustralia)
  • Shark Night (Nat Geo)
  • Slave Ship Mutiny (Nat Geo)
  • The Lab (Nat Geo)
  • Oceanus Series (Nat Geo)
Should you wish to find out more about using Morne for an underwater shoot, or are interested in stock footage, please get in touch with him via the Contact Us page or visit the production company website here Atlantic Edge Films

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Product category: Services (Diving)

Blue and mako sharks

General information
Join Shark Explorers on this adventurous dive with the Pelagic sharks of the open ocean. Blue and mako sharks are arguably two of the most beautiful shark species with colours of blue and silver that stretch beyond your imagination. Dive in to the warm, blue water and experience these awesome sharks of “the deep”. Schools of yellow and longfin tuna together with sightings of pelagic birds, like albatross, round off this amazing experience. This is another world which every ocean enthusiast should experience at least once in their lifetime.

Blue sharks (Prionace glauca) are cobalt blue in colour, magnificently streamlined and can reach lengths of 3.5 meters. They feed on a variety of schooling fish and squid. They have large well-developed eyes that are suitable for surface or deep-water situations. Shortfin mako sharks (Isurus oxyrinchus) are silver and bluish in colour and are more robustly built than the blues reaching lengths of over 4 meters and 1500 pounds. Mako’s are the fastest shark around and rely on their incredible speed to prey on tunas, swordfish and other sharks.

Blue and Mako sharks are listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. They are reported to be among the most heavily fished sharks in the world mainly as result of bycatch in the tuna and swordfish fisheries. However, significant demand for shark fin soup has led to them being increasingly targeted in pelagic shark fisheries. Confounding the problem is the wide range of these sharks and the lack of monitoring, enforcement and collaboration among range countries.

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About us

Company details

(Established 2008)
Shark Explorers offers uniquely customised shark diving, viewing and filming expeditions. We will help you plan and execute your ultimate shark diving experience or shoot, by making sure you are in the right place at the right time with the best chance of successfully encountering your shark of choice.

Mission Statement
We believe that we can make a difference by showing people a positive experience with sharks. We don’t believe in misrepresenting them as potential killers for an adrenalin experience to sell tours. We do believe that sharks should be respected as the critically important predators they are.

Our specialties are:
  • Great White Sharks
  • Mako Sharks
  • Blue Sharks
  • Sevengill Sharks
  • Cat Sharks
  • Spotted Gully Sharks
The ultimate adventure expedition, the annual Sardine Run!
In collaboration with our friends and partners we also offer you Tiger Sharks, Whale Sharks, Ragged Tooth Sharks, Bull Sharks, Black tip Sharks, Bronze Whaler Sharks and Dusky Sharks. We will show you these misunderstood creatures like you have never experienced before.

Shark Explorers sets the standards and guidelines for responsible shark diving and interactions high. We provide a holistic experience which includes breaking down sensationalistic, adrenaline-hyped advertising, treating sharks with respect, reducing the impact we have on them and their environment, educating divers about their behaviour and the threats they face. Most importantly we want to show you the sheer beauty of these fascinating sharks and give you an experience you won’t forget.

Shark Explorers is active in several research, awareness and conservation projects involving sharks and rays around the world. Whether it’s sponsoring boats and equipment, assisting with fieldwork, or donating images and video, we’re passionate about contributing towards the conservation of sharks and  the oceans.

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