At approximately 09h30 today a shark was sighted in Fish Hoek and all water users were called out of the water. It swam on the surface for a short period past a seal and at that stage seemingly (as described by the spotter on duty) didn’t pay it much attention.
Shortly afterwards while the beach was still closed and no-one was in the water, what’s believed to be the same shark returned and predated on the seal approximately 100 meters from shore near the area where the hobie cats are stored.
Similarly to what we see the black backed kelp gulls do at Seal Island at predation events, they were seen hovering over the area and picking up left over pieces. The shark was seen again a few minutes later.
At the moment Fish Hoek beach is closed with the white shark flag flying and the red flag (which indicates high caution) is being flown at Glencairn, St. James and Muizenberg. We are appealing to all water users on the west shores of False Bay to be extra cautious at this time and to please be aware of the current flag status on the beach.
Photo above of a successful predatory event at Seal Island, False Bay.