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Fear of sharks keeps beach closed

2012-04-21 14:29

Durban - Bathing was still banned at Scottburgh beach on Saturday after increased shark activity in the area, the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board said.

"[The] gear was not reinstated and bathing remained banned," the board's head of operations, Mike Anderson-Reade, said.

Shark nets were lifted this week after 14 tiger sharks became trapped in it. Nine of the predators were tagged and released alive.

It was initially unknown what had been attracting the sharks close to shore.

Anderson-Reade said an oily substance was noticed on the water surface. Two of the dead sharks were dissected and found to have 31kg and 7.5kg of whale meat and blubber in their gut, he said.

"This confirmed our suspicions that these sharks had been attracted to the area by a whale carcass, the species and origin of which is unknown."

On Saturday there were no substances on the water or signs of marine activity, he said.

Two of the four nets had been reinstalled, and the remaining two were due to be put back.

Comments
  • Amanda Barratt - 2012-04-21 14:34

    The sharks board is misleading the public about the number of sharks caught. They need to be interrogated about this.

      Joe - 2012-04-21 14:54

      Not sure why they would do that. Any evidence to back up your statement ? Did you physically count the sharks yourself ?

      SaffaSeun - 2012-04-21 15:09

      Are you high on blubber or something? What the hell are you even on about?? This is nature dear misguided lady! Get with it.

      Bryan - 2012-04-21 15:22

      Naturally you will be leading the interrogation.

      Nayrb - 2012-04-21 15:29

      You may be interrogated about the validity of your comment.

      amanda.p.barratt - 2012-04-21 19:35

      Actually I relied on eye witness reports and images. But then clearly none of you are willing to look deeper into an organisation that continually misinforms the public and is in bed with the municpality. Fact is a live shark is worth more than a dead one to us in the long run. Our shoal is one of the few places in the world we can dive with tigers and yes, contribute to the development of KZN. And it is an MPA. But perhaps news24 readers should google that to see what it means. The only organisation of its type in the world? Yes. Cos it screws the public over in the name of bad science.

      amanda.p.barratt - 2012-04-21 19:35

      Actually I relied on eye witness reports and images. But then clearly none of you are willing to look deeper into an organisation that continually misinforms the public and is in bed with the municpality. Fact is a live shark is worth more than a dead one to us in the long run. Our shoal is one of the few places in the world we can dive with tigers and yes, contribute to the development of KZN. And it is an MPA. But perhaps news24 readers should google that to see what it means. The only organisation of its type in the world? Yes. Cos it screws the public over in the name of bad science.

      Nayrb - 2012-04-22 01:17

      Point taken (twice). What other method of protection would you suggest,to protect public and in the same vein contribute to the survival of the specie's.

      amanda.p.barratt - 2012-04-22 05:32

      Given that up to 40% of all sharks caught in the nets are caught on the shore side of the nets, I think it would be more useful for someone to argue for their continued use as they seem pointless. In ddition, Why should should we bother to protect bathers at all? Whose natural habitat is this.

  • Goerge - 2012-04-21 14:37

    Shark nets are wrong. Stop the slaughter. Enter the water at your own risk.

      Christopher - 2012-04-21 14:43

      Fully agree with you George..

      Shirley - 2012-04-21 14:45

      I agree 100%!!! We humans are slowly but surely killing off all species and wont be satisfied till there is nothing left!

      Joe - 2012-04-21 14:58

      I agree with that. The cost to marine life is too much. If you want to go into the sea you know the risks and accept that you are not top of the food chain.

  • sven.nel - 2012-04-21 15:05

    I'm from Scottburgh and this article is completely untrue. I was at the beach less than 2 hours ago and there were bathers in the water as well as a solitary surfer. New24 please get your facts straight.

  • bella.masterton - 2012-04-21 16:16

    SOLUTION Shark nets EVERYWHERE. WHY? I'ts much cheaper than SPENT THE REST OF YOUR LIFE ON DISABILITY

  • Ivan - 2012-04-22 07:35

    Please start to source other avenues of information other than the Sharks Board. There is a lot of evidence to prove that they are responsible for an ecological disaster along the KZN coast. There are no whales present locally at this time. Consensus is that yet again dolphins were caught in the nets and that is what cause the sharks to be in the area of the nets. Had a whale carcass been that close to the nets it would have been sighted. The local life savers reported no slick and no carcass. Sharks board is again trying to cover up another consequence of the nets. This technology is from the 1950's and is designed to kill, not exclude sharks, the majority of which have been caught on the way out of the nets. Check out the following horrifying by-catch statistics from the sharks boards own website. http://www.shark.co.za/CatchStatistics Please bear in mind that this is the amount for only 4 years. One can only imagine the numbers of this table is extrapolated back to the start of sharks board. Please investigate this fully, it is an ongoing hidden tragedy funded in large part by taxpayers money that could be spent on the betterment of schools and roads. I am a local scuba instructor and photographer in Pennington, KZN

  • Philip - 2012-04-22 10:40

    Agreed same story as the outboard problems a few days ago why lie if in fact you are carrying a boat load full of dead tiger sharks get rid of the nets

  • jbrandct - 2012-04-25 10:49

    Just want to mention that about 30% of the sharks get caught on the shore side. Not the "majority" of 40%. Regardless, as a surfer, I would rather them remove the nets and take the risk surfing there instead of the 100's of these beautiful animals being caught and killed there annually. Not mentioning other species such as dolphins and turtles getting caught...

      jbrandct - 2012-04-25 10:50

      of = or

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