Shark Attack Incident Report – Muizenberg 1 August 2014

CITY OF CAPE TOWN MUIZENBERG SHARK ATTACK INCIDENT REPORT REVIEW OF EVENTS 1 AUGUST 2014   INTRODUCTION At approximately 14:00 on Friday 1 August 2014, a 20 year old male, Mathew Smithers was bitten by a Great White Shark at Muizenberg Beach while surfing. The victim sustained serious injuries to both his legs. The purpose of the review is to establish: The facts and ensure that the correct...

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Shark Spotters attend #Sharks14 International conference in Durban

Shark Spotters attend #Sharks14 International conference in Durban   The Shark Spotting research and management team are currently in Durban attending the world renowned Sharks International conference. Over 300 of the worlds leading shark and ray scientists from 28 different countries have come together to share ideas, update information and report on the latest progress of their scientific...

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No spotter operating at The Hoek, Noordhoek, over winter

NO SPOTTER OPERATING AT THE HOEK, NOORDHOEK, OVER WINTER   There will be no Shark Spotters operating at the Hoek, Noordhoek between 1 June and 30 August 2014. Spotting services will resume in Noordhoek on 1 September 2014. This is due to a combination of the adverse weather conditions for the spotters on that location, very low water user numbers, and relatively low risk of shark activity at...

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The Fish Hoek shark exclusion (barrier) net trial comes to an end

The Fish Hoek shark exclusion (barrier) net trial comes to an end It’s hard to believe that 14 months have passed since the start of the shark exclusion net trial in Fish Hoek. In 2012, the idea of installing an exclusion net at Fish Hoek beach (which had previously been considered and rejected) was reconsidered. A consultation process followed, in which the City of Cape Town Environmental...

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#BeSharkSmart

#BeSharkSmart In preparation for the peak summer season, Shark Spotters is re-launching their summer campaign, #BeSharkSmart, encouraging beach goers to “think smart” when it comes to shark safety! We will be sharing #BeSharkSmart tips and facts daily and will be actively engaging with the public on the beaches throughout the holidays, spreading #goodsharkkarma! The festive season has begun,...

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How do you remove a whale carcass from a local beach?!

On the 12 Nov 2013 a 10 ton whale carcass washed up on St. James beach, where it posed a health and safety risk. 15 hours later, with massive team work and effort by the City of Cape Town, Shark Explorers, Shark Spotters and the SA Navy the carcass is finally gone! The carcass was weighed at the Vissershok landfill site, and it topped the scales at 10 TONS! On 13 Nov Shark Spotters recorded 16...

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