Learn more about sharks

2018-11-06 06:01

The Muizenberg Historical Conservation Society will host an address on “Sharks in False Bay” to be followed by the projection of the feature film Twelve Days of Terror shot in Muizenberg.

The address by Tammy Engelbrecht will start at 18:30 on Thursday 8 November at Het Posthuys.

Engelbrecht is a well-known expert on the white shark, as well as a marine biologist, PhD student at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Institute for Communities and Wildlife in Africa, research manager of Shark Spotters and assistant for the Save Our Seas Foundation for Sharks on the Urban Edge.

She is also the author of the article How shark spotting has helped to reduce deaths.

The Muizenberg Historical Conservation Society says it is fitting to invite Engelbrecht to address its members and guests on sharks in False Bay.

Engelbrecht works closely with Dr Alison Kock who launched a research project on the behavioural ecology of white sharks in False Bay, one of the first projects of the Save Our Seas Foundation. As the human population increases and False Bay continues to host the greater proportion of our great whites, Kock has sought to find a way to balance the shark ecology as it faces pollution and human challenges. This can only be done by a scientific assessment of the sharks’ behaviour. As the sharks are present throughout the year, their movements and the inshore movement of female sharks need to be better understood and Kock and her team are doing just that.

Everyone is invited. The address will be followed by wine and snacks and, for those who have the stomach for it, in contrast to the address, they will be showing an American period (Edwardian) film shot in Muizenberg, Twelve Days of Terror, and you will be able to draw a distinction between truth and legend about sharks.

Attendance is free for members of the Muizenberg Historical Conservation Society but other visitors shall be admitted for R50 which they can convert into membership to give them free access to all the society’s events thereafter.

V For further information, call the chairperson, Glenn Babb, on 021 788 7069.

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