High shark activity shuts Cape beaches

2013-11-14 12:05
Researchers have discovered that only female great white sharks come close to shore in False Bay. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Researchers have discovered that only female great white sharks come close to shore in False Bay. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Cape Town -  Bathers are being advised to avoid beaches in the False Bay area as Shark Spotters have recorded 16 shark sightings in the last day alone.

The organisation  issued a safety alert on Wednesday, closing Muizenberg, St James and Fish Hoek beaches to swimmers.

Shark Spotters project manager Sarah Titley told News24 Travel that as of Thursday morning the beaches were still closed, with the most recent sighting made at  Fish Hoek.

Titley advised bathers to keep abreast of updates via the Shark Spotter twitter account and Facebook page.

Certain Cape Beaches are notorious for shark attacks, with a surfer killed in a shark attack off Kogel Bay in April 2012, a British man lost a leg when he was attacked by a shark while swimming at Fish Hoek in September 2011 and another man was killed while swimming at the same beach in 2010.

Shark Spotters posted the following tweets.

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