KZN beaches closed after shark threat

2015-08-23 14:06

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Scottburgh - Beaches in Scottburgh on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast have been closed for bathing following the presence of a humpback whale carcass attracting sharks in the general area, the KZN Sharks Board said on Sunday.
 
“We’ve taken the gear [shark nets] from Scottburgh… We don’t want to do unnecessary damage from an environmental point of view,” said the Board’s head of operations Mike Anderson-Reade.
 
“Bathing is closed in Scottburgh.”
 
However, Anderson-Reade said the measures taken were precautionary as there was no current danger  with the carcass, first spotted on Saturday morning, currently just to the south of the Umkomaas River.
 
He said the carcass has attracted great white and tiger sharks.
 
Anderson-Reade said the situation would be reassessed on a daily basis, because if the carcass drifted southward, it could pose a danger.
 
He said the board was involved in the situation in terms of assessing bather safety and from the environmental side.
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