Sharks spotted: False Bay on high alert

2011-10-01 18:34

Johannesburg - Shark spotters were on high alert after shark sightings were reported along the False Bay coastline on Saturday, the Cape Town Disaster Risk Management Centre said.

By noon three shark sightings were reported at St James and another at Muizenberg Beach, said spokesperson Gregg Oelofse in a statement.

Red flags, indicating high shark activity in the area were hoisted along shark spotting beaches including Muizenberg, Kalk Bay, St James, Glencairn and Fish Hoek.

The public were urged to familiarise themselves with the shark warning system and to comply with it.

Earlier in the week British citizen Michael Cohen was attacked by a great white shark at Fish Hoek. A shark flag, indicating the presence of a great white, was flying when Cohen entered the water.

Cohen, who was taken to the Constantiaberg Medi-Clinic, suffered a complete amputation of his right leg above the knee, and a partial amputation of his left leg, below the knee.

  • Coquine - 2011-10-01 18:49

    Cool! Bugger whale spotting, I'm going shark spotting tomorrow.

      darkwing - 2011-10-01 19:24

      Just don't swim, for heaven's sake.

      WhiteLabel - 2011-10-01 20:56

      Park off outside the supreme court for a few minutes and you get to see all the sharks you want. Only, we call 'em lawyers...

      darkwing - 2011-10-01 21:38

      Whitelabel, especially the ones dealing with RAF. Giegiegie.

      Atholl - 2011-10-02 01:55

      White Label ..=.. cutting edge spotter

  • Ross - 2011-10-01 18:58

    Go Bob the Shark!!!!

  • Serias - 2011-10-01 18:58

    you know what, just stay out of the water, it's theirs!!!!!!!!!!

      grant9 - 2011-10-01 19:29

      You have not thought this one through. So people are not supposed to enjoy the sea? No swiming, scuba diving, sailing, surfing etc. No, God gave man dominion over all the earth and its creatures. Sharks that are not happy with the setup can bugger off to Oz or NZ.

      Janine - 2011-10-01 19:32

      @grant9 - what a wonderfully arrogant attitude of entitlement you have.

      majordad - 2011-10-01 19:53

      Grant9! is that your age or IQ? There are very good reasons not to swim at dawn, or dusk! also when the flags are out. This time of year the great whites, come inshore to feed. The seals and pups are on islands and rocks!

      Epicurius - 2011-10-01 21:12

      @Grant9 - so it appears you didn't think your post through either. You imply that NZ and Oz are not on earth?!?!

  • Bokke - 2011-10-01 19:02

    Please warn the visitors about sharks, especially the British!

      Janine - 2011-10-01 19:32

      The man bitten by the shark was NOT a visitor - he lives here. Don't know why they keep harping on about his being a British citizen.

  • Twoplusthree - 2011-10-01 19:07

    Sharks spotted at Kings Park. Nothing to be scared about!

      Jeffrey Jones - 2011-10-01 19:38

      Western Province weren't scared of them they beat them 15-10.

      darkwing - 2011-10-01 20:00

      The Sharks were scared of being culled. They have such a bad reputation now.

  • majordad - 2011-10-01 19:36

    That's quite wierd! Johannesburg: sharks spotted.....

      brok3news - 2011-10-02 13:27

      Repoprt was filed in JHB..

  • Carl - 2011-10-01 19:45

    Imagine...a shark in the sea...???!!!

  • Ian - 2011-10-02 06:35

    come on mr cohen, wanna give it another go, we know how brave you poms are

  • Gordon49 - 2011-10-02 07:36

    Whitechick and Ian. Typical local idiots.

  • branden.hart - 2011-10-02 08:04

    If the public are requested to familiarise themselves as to the flags and warnings why don't you (News24) publish them with the article. As usual all News24 does is regurgitate news.

  • Kate - 2011-10-02 08:45

    Can someone please take the metro police deputy chief, Ndumiso Jaca for a swim.

      bullincapeto - 2011-10-02 09:47

      he cant sweeeem

      Kate - 2011-10-02 09:53

      He does not need to. Those rubber lips will keep him afloat.

  • nitesh.khoosal - 2011-10-02 12:17

    plz take malema for a swim in fishhoek....

      Daan - 2011-10-02 12:30

      'n Haai het ook sy trots ! Sal nog Engelse eet maat Julius..... Never

  • Dries - 2011-10-02 16:32

    There are lion in Kruger National Park! Do not walk into the bush! My boerboel is out in my garden! Do not enter! (Hi Julias, welcome, wait in the garden while I get you a beer..) Great whites don't f**k around our pubs, what the hell are you doing in their ocean?

  • ChrisG - 2011-10-03 08:17

    @Darkwing, that's brilliant. Maybe Cape town tourism should use that "Enjoy Cape Town's beaches, just don't swim."

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