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Shark warning in southern Cape

2012-04-13 16:01

Cape Town - A shark warning was issued along the southern Cape coastline on Friday, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said.

"[Bathers were urged] to exercise caution following reports of increased shark activity in the vicinity of Buffels Bay and Knysna, following the beaching of a Brydes whale carcass," spokesperson Craig Lambinon said.

Other affected areas were Plettenberg Bay, Sedgefield and Wilderness.

On Thursday, the carcass of a 14m whale washed up on the rocks at Buffels Bay.

In a statement, Lambinon said fishermen and boaters were informing the NSRI of an apparent increase in shark activity around the site.

"It is normal behaviour for sharks to forage on whale carcasses. Sharks are attracted to the overspill of waste into the sea during the efforts made to remove the carcass," he said.

"While progress is well underway by the municipality to remove the carcass by cutting it up and removing it by road, until the site is cleared, this cautionary notice remains in place."

Originally identified as a southern right whale, Lambinon said that upon closer inspection the whale was determined to be a Bryde's whale, a type of baleen whale found in subtropical waters.

Comments
  • Kala - 2012-04-13 16:12

    Bloody Lawyers are turning up everywhere

      farmfreund - 2012-04-13 18:58

      Kala, we should call them "Bloody Agents" not lawyers

  • Marion - 2012-04-13 16:19

    One of the reasons I don't like to swim in the sea.

      Marion - 2012-04-13 16:19

      ... that and sea sand in every nook and cranny.

      Robin - 2012-04-13 16:29

      @Marion - there are ways of preventing sand invading your nooks and crannies you know! ;-)

      Tony - 2012-04-13 17:43

      So is Sandy a crook or a nanny?

      Den - 2012-04-14 09:15

      might the sharks think your a whale? sorry couldnt resist that one

  • Jabulani - 2012-04-13 16:22

    Sharks don't walk on streets But a human being in a sea,don't be surprised.

  • Robin - 2012-04-13 16:30

    Just yesterday News24 reported this whale as a Southern Right Whale! What will it become tomorrow I wonder?

      Shannon - 2012-04-13 16:42

      And if you read he article v e r y c a r e f u l l y it actualy states that it was mis-identified as a Southern Right and has now been positively identified as a Brydes. Use it... don't use it...

      Robin - 2012-04-13 17:29

      @Shannon - I DID read it carefully and there is no mention whatsoever of a possible misidentification - http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Whale-carcass-washes-up-in-Knysna-20120412

  • Marius - 2012-04-13 17:04

    have an agreement with the sharks. As long as they stay out of the pubs, I will stay out of the sea.

  • Hayley - 2012-04-19 18:06

    @robin. clearly you DIDN'T... try again!

  • ellen.duplooy - 2012-04-20 12:59

    MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE FAMILY THAT LOST A BROTHER AND A CHILD MAY GOD ENFOLD YOU IN A SEA OF LOVE FOR THE TASKS AHEAD.............................

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