City press release – Shark alert

The City is advising beach users to be aware of high shark activity observed at Fish Hoek beach this morning. Already three sightings of sharks have been reported, including an incidence of a shark feeding on a seal. Fish Hoek Beach is presently closed to swimming, and the Shark Spotters’ white flag is flying to warn people not to enter the water. The white flag will fly at least until midday. Shark Spotters will then assess whether the beach should still be closed to swimming.

This situation at Fish Hoek Beach has prompted the City to issue a general shark alert in False Bay.
The general shark alert is indicated by the flying of the Shark Spotters’ red flag at all False Bay beaches monitored by Shark Spotters, i.e. Surfers Corner in Muizenberg, St James, Clovelly, Glencairn, and Fish Hoek. The red flag will fly until there has been a decrease in shark activity.

Contact persons:

Sakhile Tsotsobe, Coastal Coordinator, City of Cape Town, 0726263669
Alison Kock, Save Our Seas Shark Centre, and Shark Spotters, 0726619516


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  2. Dear Mark,

    Thank-you for your comment, we appreciate all feedback. The siren is only sounded when a shark is within a few hundred meters of any water users and deemed to pose a potential threat. Safety of water users is our main concern. In Muizenberg the siren is sounded 27% of the time when a shark is sighted, compared with Fish Hoek where the siren is sounded 84.4% of the time. There has been high shark activity in Muizenberg over the past few days hence the frequency of the siren. We understand your concern, but a shark attack will have a far greater and longer lasting negative impact for Muizenberg which is what we are trying to help prevent.

    Shark Spotters

  3. The Shark Spotters at Muizenberg Beach are causing unnecessary fear amongst surfers and young families by setting off the siren far too often. There actions are erratic and confusing. Muizenberg Beach does not attract sharks into the breakers and amongst surfers and swimmers like Fish Hoek beach does, with it's channel alongside Jagger's Walk. Stop applying the same rules here, we have not had the same incidence of shark attacks off this beach. You are scaring surfers and especially young families away from our world-renowned safe beach, proven by statistics over many decades. Concerned Muizenberger

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