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High shark activity in Cape Town

2012-04-27 18:00

Cape Town - Shark Spotters hoisted red flags and cleared beaches that include Glencairn, the Caves in Kogel Bay, Fish Hoek and Muizenberg, the City of Cape Town said on Friday.

The decision was taken after seven shark sightings had been reported along the False Bay coastline by early afternoon.
 
The red flag with a white shark indicates a high shark alert, and is commonly raised after a shark has been sighted in the area, and when there is exceptionally high shark activity, the City's statement said.
 
"Beach users are reminded that the Shark Spotters’ programme employs the flag system to warn the public about shark activity in the area, as well as shark spotting conditions.
 
"The City wishes to appeal to the public to comply with the Shark Spotters warning system, and to obey instructions to clear the beach."
 
The city urged beach users to be vigilant along the False Bay coastline and to obey the instructions given by shark spotters and law enforcement officers.

Comments
  • Michael Webster - 2012-04-27 18:40

    always after a attack

  • jeffrey.d.walker.9 - 2012-04-27 18:41

    It could be that they are gathering to pursue the seals and dolphins that are following the gathering and annual migration of the sardines to KZN,as can be seen, the sea temperature has dropped, a pre- requisite for the migration.

      cliff.slabbert - 2012-04-27 21:18

      Too right Jeffrey!

      Franklyn - 2012-04-27 23:09

      an intelligent observation amongst the sensationalist hype,i thank you sir.

      Belinda - 2012-04-27 23:30

      Thanks, an informed comment

      Cheslin - 2012-04-28 00:04

      Thankyou for enlightening the rest of us.

  • justinasher - 2012-04-27 23:35

    See, no chumming and no documentary but still high shark activity. So how about we give back the researchers and documentary guys their license back? Sharks live in the sea folks, don't be surprised they're coming near us when we're invading their home!

      Gungets - 2012-04-28 08:44

      Not researchers - film makers. Researchers do not artificially change the behaviour of the animal they are researching. Shark men has such a bad reputation that even NatGeo has withdrawn support. Can you imaging David Attenborough putting out carcasses to draw lions so that he can film them. Sies. Sensationalist yanks, go and film off Miami. Oh, sorry, forgot. Chumming is ILLEGAL in their home country!!!

      Ruan - 2012-04-28 10:43

      Before great white sharks were protected there was no shark problem,I say lift the shark protection law,they taking a big bite out of our tourism and surfers

      Bob - 2012-04-28 11:08

      I thought sharks lived in the sea too, it seems they are getting cheeky, the City is saying clear the BEACHES.

      Ruan - 2012-04-28 13:45

      hence what i said about chasing tourists away from our beaches,like in jaws the movie,except back then in the good old days they went after the killer,we should be eradicating great whites in false bay too along with all the shark cage diving.

      Adil Smit - 2012-04-28 15:12

      Wildlife photographers wait respectfully- tv programs do chumming

  • lhfick - 2012-04-28 04:05

    There should be, because of five tons of chum that is still in the water!

      Joe - 2012-04-28 07:26

      Maybe you should cut down on the stupid pills that early in the morning.

      lhfick - 2012-04-28 10:56

      Joe please go and surf

      shireen.abbas - 2012-04-28 12:07

      Ignorance is bliss !! Lmao hahahahaaaa

  • Ruan - 2012-04-28 10:40

    Rhino poachers need to be aware that a sharks nose has the same content as rhino horn

  • Ruan - 2012-04-28 10:46

    I fish alot in False bay and never have a problem not releasing a shark back.

      Joe - 2012-04-28 12:08

      So from your statement you say you dont release any sharks you catch ? Not sure if thats what you meant. I hope you meant you dont have any problem releasing them.

      Ruan - 2012-04-28 13:39

      I DO NOT RELEASE THEM,INFACT I HAVE A HAMMER WHICH I USE WHEN I CATCH THEM,I DONT FISH TO CATCH FISH,I FISH TO CATCH SHARKS.JOE

      Ruan - 2012-04-28 13:42

      before you know it tourists will be too scared to come visit,we need to eliminate them,once alot of them have been eliminated then rest will migrate someplace else,its that simple,and dont throw a bunch of eco-bio hippy crap on save the great white my way,if a snake bites your child,you kill it right.

  • Sello - 2012-04-28 12:52

    What's up with all the sharks these days, has it always been like this? Is someone stirring the waters where they usually hide?

  • Marlene - 2012-04-28 13:54

    Sharks have every right to be in the sea! The fact that there are more is a good sign, cos at one stage they faced extinction. When u go to a game range, you don't get out of your car when there is a pride of lions about, do you. Tourist still make the journey there. Why would we lose tourism? There is so much more to do, and on the off chance u get to see a shark from above, must be a thrill for visitors. Just don't go in the water. Its not that hard. Leave the sharks alone! They are magnificent creatures. The sea is their home. We have already taken over the land and many land animals are either facing extinction, or are already extinct. Why are some people so selfish, that they would actually want to kill the sharks so they can have a swim. Go to another area, or swim in a pool.

      Ruan - 2012-04-28 14:00

      WANA SEE SHARKS GO TO AN AQUARIUM,AT THIS RATE THE SEALS ARE GOING TO BE EXTINCT,WASNT THERE A CAMPAIGNE TO STOP CLUBBING THE SEALS? KEEP THAT CAMPAIGNE GOING EXCEPT CHANGE THE WORDING TO,,,,,"STOP THE GREAT WHITES FROM MURDERING SEALS AND HUMANS" ,,,,,,,,

      Marlene - 2012-04-28 16:08

      @Ruan- That such a senseless remark. Sharks only kill seals for food. They eat what they need. There is more than enough food to go around, if we humans don't mess with the sea's food chain. Sharks don't club thousands of seals to make a profit. Humans kill other humans on a much larger scale. " Every year around 60 shark attacks are reported worldwide, although death is quite unusual." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shark_attack. There are many other stats u can get. "Around 50 people are murdered in South Africa each day" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crime_in_South_Africa So pls, get your facts right.

      Ruan - 2012-04-28 17:00

      @marlene,,,,Iam not stating any facts,but it seems like you have a wealth of useless information that bores me,so thanks for boring me,and as for me I will go back to my fishing an dthe use of my hammer an dmy quest to empty False bay of sharks.

      Marlene - 2012-04-29 11:54

      @Ruan - Have fun, then. Just watch out that u don't become another statistic. That would be kinda ironic now, wouldn't it?

      Ruan - 2012-04-29 12:05

      I aleady have been a victim marlene ,,,,,thank you,,,,,,,,,,,,,so i guess it is ironic after all,that im expressing my hate for sharks on here

      Marlene - 2012-04-30 09:33

      @Ruan - That's the risk u take, when u play in the sharks home.

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