After some long winter months with no activity, the spotters are beginning to see the signs of summer returning, with 2 sharks being spotted in our waters already this month. On 5th August a shark was spotted at the Hoek, Noordhoek and on 18th August one was also spotted at Muizenberg. With this in mind we ask all sea-users to familiarise themselves with the four flag system used by the spotters. When you arrive at the beach, speak to the spotters on duty to find out about recent sightings and activity, as well as the current conditions which determine the efficacy of shark spotting.
At present Shark Spotters are working at Muizenberg, St James, Fish Hoek and The Hoek between the hours of 8am to 6pm, Monday to Sunday. When the summer season starts at the beginning of October the hours will be extended to 7pm and more sites will be added. Keep an eye on this blog and on the Shark Spotting website (www.sharkspotters.org.za) for more details. Kayakers and surfskiiers are specifically asked to be cautious of the area between Sunnycove and Glencairn Beach, while surfers and swimmers are asked to be especially vigilant in the areas between Sunrise Beach and Strandfontein beach and in the Maccassar Beach area over the next few months when inshore activity of Great White Sharks is at its highest.
A big thank you to O’Neill clothing for donating jackets to the Spotters and keeping them warm over the winter months.
Management of the Shark Spotters has been taken over by Kommetjie Environmental Awareness Group (KEAG). For any programme related queries please contact us using the details below. The shark research side of the programme is still supervised by Alison Kock at Save Our Seas. For shark related queries please contact her via the website (http://www.saveourseas.com/sosf-shark-centre-cape-town)
Tel/Fax: 021 783 3433
Cell: 076 859 3633