White shark warning for St Francis Bay

2012-01-13 18:48

Johannesburg - People must exercise caution along the St Francis Bay coastline in the Eastern Cape where a great white shark has been seen, the National Sea Rescue Institute said on Friday.

The shark, believed to 5m in length, had been patrolling the shoreline for the past few days, spokesperson Craig Lambinon said in a statement.

Shark fishing permits that had apparently been issued by authorities in that area may have led to the increased presence of sharks along the coast, he said.

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  • Andries - 2012-01-13 18:52

    Leave the great whites alone. Like lion and rhino and wolves in North America they need to have space,and the ocean is theirs.

      Adam - 2012-01-13 19:36

      Well, this news alert helped me. I am sitting 14 000 miles away in the Caribbean and my kids are holidaying in St. Francis this week. So naturally I sms'd them. They were on the beach at the time.

      Jason - 2012-01-14 10:49

      5 meter pointer? thats a big fish!

  • Shirley - 2012-01-13 19:00

    Now everyone is going to rush out searching for it and kill it!This planet belongs to all species! Stay out the water and all will be well!

      Karen - 2012-01-14 19:46

      no, no one is going to rush out and kill it. People were advised to stay out of the water & beaches have been closed until coast is clear. .. they should not be issuing shark fishing permits then we wouldnt have this problem :(

      forafrica - 2012-01-16 06:35

      it is about the most idiotic reply ever ... the shark gage divers may feed the sharks but the bathers must stay out of the sea ... please explain ????

  • johan.cronje1 - 2012-01-13 19:03

    Leave him alone, that is his habitat, rather concentrate on the Rhino poachers.

      forafrica - 2012-01-16 06:36

      Rhino poaching and Shark feeding falls in the same category ... oh and golf ...

  • Vegi - 2012-01-13 19:07

    The sharks should eat humans who interfere in their habitat.

  • Tommy - 2012-01-13 19:08

    Shark fishing permits.........may have led to the increased presence....???? So now , the johnnies can read......!

      Shirley - 2012-01-13 19:17

      Seems to be the case. I geus its with assistance from the pilot fish!

      Fanie - 2012-01-13 20:41

      The idiot shark fishermen chumming the water is the problem

      Chum Scrubber - 2012-01-14 06:03

      If they could read surely they'd move out of the area to escape the okes trying to catch them? I did not realise a permit was required to catch sharks - was it not perhaps a permit to specifically target whites, the only protected shark species off our shores as far as I am aware?

      Karen - 2012-01-14 19:47

      clearly the shark fishers chum up the water to attract the sharks..???

      forafrica - 2012-01-16 06:37

      excellent ... they have been taught well ...

  • Vallance - 2012-01-13 19:33

    I sometimes worry about the quality of the journalism on news 24. Do you think maybe , just maybe Lambinon was misquoted here? Aparently, after some shark fishing permits were issued, someone told the sharks, and they, hearing that more people were allowed to fish for them, immediately started congregating in the area....

      Karen - 2012-01-14 19:49

      Shark fishers chum up the water to attract the sharks.

  • charmaine.rowlands - 2012-01-14 01:54

    Sometimes i think we're God's worst creation. Just LEAVE him alone. He lives there, you don't!!

  • hadedah - 2012-01-14 07:46

    Leave the shark alone it is hunting for food with all the netting taht go's on on our shorelines by Japanese fishermen there is little or nothing left for the sharks to feed on. our coast line used to be prolific in fish and marine animals. these have all been depleted. Put a 10 year ban on fishing within 20 miles of our coast, that should slowly increase the regrowth of fish.

  • hadedah - 2012-01-14 08:13

    There are far too many humans on this small planet, It is time that population control of mankind of some sort be investigated. Wars used to control population increases, we who live and are born in Africa Know well the problems, strict birth control must be enforced to a maximum of one wife and two children. African populations have expanded ten fold without being controlled, now face ever increasing famine with no farming for produce taking place, only cattle which destroy everything within sight to live. and because of that there is nothing to stimulate rain, and so the deserts grow and total starvation followed by disease will wipe out large numbers of people. That is natures way of controlling Heavy thoughts, you folk are the future. think hard on what I am saying because this is what you will face in the not to distant future.

  • Bianca-Anne - 2012-01-14 13:20

    How can Shark Fishing Permits increase Shark activities in the area - it does not make sense. Sharks will only go for hunting purposes, not to be hunted just cause Shark Fishing Permits were issued ... Really!

      Karen - 2012-01-14 19:50

      they chum up the water to attract the sharks

  • Grant - 2012-01-14 17:00

    Why on earth did the authorities issue fishing permits to sharks? That's just looking for trouble.

      Karen - 2012-01-14 19:50


      Bianca-Anne - 2012-01-15 19:42

      That is a good one Grant!

  • masiela.Rudluv - 2012-01-15 23:01

    good report,but the spelling nd grammar here is elementary!!

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