Meet Andre, the great white shark who trades winter in False Bay for summer in the Transkei.
Ocearch’s tracking technology allows researchers to monitor sharks movements throughout the world’s oceans, providing valuable insight into their behavior and their range.
Each shark is tagged with a tracking device that is inserted through their dorsal fin, and whenever they break the surface of the water, a signal is transmitted to a satellite. The satellite then sends back an estimated location of the shark.
Each of these ‘pings’ give researchers an accurate, real time location of a particular shark, allowing them to collect data about each individual.
During the tagging process, tests are done on the shark which determines their species, age, sex, weight, length and stage of life. From the data collected a profile is then setup for the shark on Ocearch’s official tracking website.
This process allows researchers to glean the extent of the shark’s territory, the distance they have covered since their tagging and monitor their behavior.
This information provided educates readers, not only about the current shark population and their behaviour, but also about OCEARCH’s conservation initiative.
Expectedly, each shark displays their own particular habits, which coastlines they prefer and the depth at which the like to swim. It’s interesting to follow a particular individual and see what they get up to, how much distance they cover in comparison to other sharks and whether they prefer shallow or deep waters.
Photo credit: www.ocearch.org.
Species: Great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias)
Weight: 228 kg
Length: 2.9 metres
Stage of Life: Immature
Total distance covered: 3115.790 miles
Tag Location: Gansbaai
Tagged in 2012, Andre has spent the entire 5 years since being pick up Ocearch along the coast of South Africa, dividing his time between False Bay and the Transkei Coast.
A laid back great white, Andre enjoys leisurely swims up the coast and rarely ventures far from home except when he is moving between his two homes-bases or on short trips in uncharted waters close by.
A native of Hermanus, Andre is a fan of shallower waters and decided to move to the Transkei in 2013 because of the scenic beaches and untouched terrain in the area. There are no shark nets along most of the Eastern Cape coast meaning Andre can move throughout the waters without any hindrance.
Since moving on, Andre has found himself missing his family a lot more than he expected, meaning he now spends roughly half the year back home off the coast of Hermanus where he explores old hunting grounds and the shallower waters he used to enjoy so much as a pup.
Despite his fondness for shallower waters, Andre is yet to encounter any humans in the water and is yet to attend one of the great white shark tours in the area.
He has planned, however, to move out his comfort zone by booking a trip to nearby Gansbaai where he hopes to encounter those shark cage diving in Cape Town. If you’re keen to catch Andre or his mates, book your next great white shark cage diving experience with Shark Bookings now!
Credit: All data found on www.ocearch.org.