‘Paddle for Sharks’ at St Michaels held

2015-06-11 06:00
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TWENTY surfers and their families gathered at St Michaels beach on Sunday morning for the third annual “Paddle for Sharks”.

With the sea being quite rough, plans were changed for paddlers.

“It was planned that paddlers would paddle to the shark nets and meet up with boats from the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) base to bring them back. Unfortunately, with the rough seas it will be very risky,” said Roland Mauz event organiser from African Dive Adventures.

Mauz said more than 30 sharks died last week chasing the sardines.

“Thirty sharks died last Wednesday coming from the Eastern Cape chasing sardines and they got stuck in Hibiscus Coast Municipality shark nets. Many countries and municipalities do not have shark nets because they cost a fortune,” said Mauz.

He said if the nets could be removed people would realise that sharks do not eat humans for food.

“Sharks only eat fish not humans, they only bite humans when they see them as a threat or when one is mistaken or is at the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Mauz said the Paddle for Sharks campaign has grown.

“We have this event in other areas - Mossel Bay, Umkomaas, Cape Town, Sodwana Bay, Mozambique and Australia. We have supporters who create awareness about sharks.

“We need to speak for sharks because they can’t speak for themselves. If there are no sharks, oceans will die because sharks keep a balance in the eco-system,” said Mauz

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