Increased shark activity expected

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All beach and ocean users are reminded that the presence of great white sharks in in-shore areas increases at this time of the year.

The City of Cape Town appeals to all beach and ocean users to be aware of the expected increase in in-shore shark activity over the spring and summer months.

“Typically, shark sightings start in late August, and continue through to April, with most sightings being reported in mid-summer. We are also asking surfers to be especially vigilant in the areas between Sunrise and Macassar Beach as research has shown that the presence of sharks is extremely common at this time of year.”

“Together with our partner, the Shark Spotters, we will do everything in our power to enhance the safety of beach goers and ocean users over this period. We also urge members of the public to play their part, to be proactive, and to act as their own “safety officers” first,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy, Environmental and Spatial Planning, Councillor Johan van der Merwe.

The Shark Spotters Information Centre, which is situated at Muizenberg Surfer’s Corner, is open to members of the public from 08:00 to 18:00 seven days a week. The centre provides up-to-date information on sharks and marine ecology, basic first-aid, general public assistance and emergencies, storage of valuables, and lost property.

Shark Spotters will also be present at the following beaches: St James/Kalk Bay, Fish Hoek, Caves, Kogel Bay, Noordhoek (The Hoek), Clovelly, Glencairn and Monwabisi.

In addition, the Fish Hoek shark exclusion net will be in operation from October 2016 to April 2017. The net was deployed for the annual Fish Hoek Spring Splash on 4 September 2016. Members of the public are encouraged to report any sightings of white sharks to the Shark Spotters.

For more information visit www.sharkspotters.org.za