AB Marine Charters (Pty) Ltd is a Level 2 BBBEE, 51% black female ownership, Boat Based Whale Watching tour company servicing the Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth, Nelson Mandela Bay area.
Algoa Bay Marine is a fully licensed Boat Based Whale Watching Operator in Algoa Bay with a valid Whale Watching permit issued in 2017 – which is valid for a period of 10 years from date of issue.
Utilising 2 boats; ‘AB Marine’ and ‘Expert Tours‘ under the guidance of award winning tour operators and photographers, Rainer and Silke Schimpf.
AB Marine can boast of Marine Tourism experience stretching back to 1999. This expertise has been utilised by international film crews, scientists, NGO’s, government departments, game reserves and tourists. The Sardine Run and bait ball activity have been a firm favourite and now boat based whale & dolphin watching.
Diving under the careful eye of a dive master is possible on request with our partner company www.expert-tours.com
Seen in Algoa Bay – Disabled Orca Becomes Leader Of The Pod:
A DISABLED orca first spotted by Rainer and Silke Schimpf in 2013 returns to greet them four years later – and now he’s leading the pod.
In 2013, photographer and marine tour guides Rainer and Silke Schimpf spotted a young killer whale, who they named Sira, with a missing dorsal fin and right-side pectoral fin, leaving him unable to hunt for himself. But rather than be left to fend for itself or – even worse – die the young calf appeared to be cared for by members of its pod, which shared food with the youngster.
Four years later, by chance and coincidence, Rainer and Silke were out at sea in Algoa Bay, South Africa, documenting a pod of 1000 common dolphin hunting sardine when they had the surprise of a lifetime. Videographer / director: Rainer Schimpf, Silke Schimpf
A 49-foot Bryde’s whale nearly swallowed diver Rainer Schimpf as it was coming up to feed on sardines in a bait ball.
Underwater footage of the dramatic close encounter was captured by Schimpf while he was filming the annual sardine run — when millions of sardines travel north along the South African coastline between the months of May and July.
The biggest fish migration in the world creates a feeding frenzy as predators that include birds, sharks, fish, dolphins, and whales come to snack on the tiny silvery fish.
“I saw him [the whale] coming up and I thought that’s it for me,” Schimpf was quoted as saying by The Daily Mail. “The diameter of his mouth was big enough to swallow a car — he would have barely felt me going in.”
Fortunately, whales aren’t interested in eating people.
“At the last moment he must have realized I was there and he diverted away from me and actually missed most of the bait ball,” Schimpf said.
According to Barcroft TV, Schimpf was sent “flying as the whale breached.”
Rainer’s wife, Silke, snapped a photograph at the moment the whale came out of the water with her husband only a few feet away, according to the Mail.
Bryde’s whales weigh around 90,000 pounds and can consume up to 1,450 pounds of food per day, according to NOAA. The whales typically feed on krill, crustaceans, and small fish.
Inside The Southern Right Whale Migration:
This is the breathtaking moment 80 tonne Southern Right Whales engage with scuba divers during their yearly migration through South Africa. Diving tour operator Rainer Schimpf was fortunate enough to capture the underwater and aerial footage using a special filming permit following a successful expedition with the whales in 2015.
Schimpf and his team were able to document the whales in Hermanus, 200km east of Cape Town, and this year their aim was to see how the whales behaved. Making sure not to disturb the majestic animals in their natural habitat, Rainer used a drone to capture the aerial footage of the whales interacting with each other and the divers. Videographer / director: Rainer Schimpf
Training the next generation of Whale Watching Tour Guides:
AB Marine is strategically aligned with Masifunde Learner Development to develop learners as Environmental Tour Guides.
Masifunde is a Non Profit Organisation based in the Walmer Township in Port Elizabeth.
Masifunde train learners to become bringers of change and active role models in their community. Youth are considered as neither victims nor as perpetrators but as a solution to social challenges.
An all embracing training process is utilised to focus on personality building, life skill training, academic support as well as extra-curricular activities.
Children and youth take part in “Learn4Life!”, a life skills training programme that is the core of Masifunde’s work. The programme imparts knowledge which is necessary in day to day life situations ranging from health, business or environmental topics to social skills and personal development.
Get the Shot:
Rainer and Silke Schimpf from Expert Tours have vast experience as tour operators and both are Dive Masters. International film crews rely on Rainer and Silke to ‘get the shot’ for them.
Expert-Tours is a specalist marine tour operator in South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia and Botswana. Our dive tours and dive adventures as well as dive safaris will enable you to have close encounters with dolphins, whales, sharks, sardines and squid.