Cape Town summer shark warning

2012-09-04 22:13

Cape Town - The City of Cape Town warned beach users on Tuesday of increased shark movement in the coming summer months.

This was the time of year when a seasonal increase was expected in shark activity inshore, spokesperson Gregg Oelofse said.

In a statement, he said this seasonal change was not unique to False Bay.

"Similar trends are recorded in Gansbaai, Mossel Bay and California - all areas that white sharks are known to frequent."

He said sightings by Shark Spotters had consistently shown increased activity from September to April, peaking in mid-summer.

"White sharks are present in the Cape's waters all year round, and the possibility of encountering one of these animals at any time is minimal. However, beach users should always remain vigilant."

Kayakers and surf-skiers were asked to be cautious between Sunnycove and Glencairn Beach, and swimmers were urged not to enter the water off Jaegers Walk, in Fish Hoek, as this was considered a high-risk area.

He said the city had erected warning signs along Jaegers Walk.

"Surfers are asked to be especially vigilant in the areas between the Sunrise Beach and Macassar Beach area during the summer months, as research has shown these to be areas of highest shark presence in False Bay in summer."

  • gordon.turner.37 - 2012-09-04 23:42

    Good warning but doubt anyone will pay attention. Dressing up like a seal and flapping about in shark alley is considered a sport.

  • ambauli - 2012-09-04 23:58

    No pity for shark victims. Consider if someone was frolicking in the Kruger National park and got their face chewed off by a lion, would you shed tears for them?

      Trevorcentury - 2012-09-05 08:19

      nah stay in ur car

  • Adil Smit - 2012-09-05 00:43

    We need shark nets at some beaches so that we can safely swim in the sea.

      warren.rodel - 2012-09-05 12:23

      Most sharks in KZN where there are shark nets get caught swimming out, not swimming in. It's extremely expensive to maintain due to rough seas and weather conditions.

  • tangenitanga.erastus - 2012-09-05 00:56

    some so called andrenalin junkie will ignore the warning

  • tangenitanga.erastus - 2012-09-05 00:57

    some so called andrenalin junkie will ignore the warning

  • sachasea - 2012-09-05 01:29

    Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water - Jaws 2

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-09-05 02:16

    We will have to swim with them then

  • weldon.broughton - 2012-09-05 06:28

    Keep feeding them

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