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Are sharks being attacked by killer whales off Cape Town’s coast?

Large, predatory sharks occupy the top of ocean food chains, where they play important roles in maintaining diverse and healthy ecosystems. The loss of these predators can therefore have significant impacts on ecosystems. Photo © Wildestanimal | Shutterstock For a long time broadnose sevengill sharks have occupied the apex of the food chain alongside the more famous […]

Do personal shark repellents really work?

It seems like everywhere you look nowadays there is a new gadget or gizmo on the market “guaranteed” to keep you safe from shark bites. Using everything from electric currents to chilli powder, clever marketing has got nervous ocean lovers reaching for their wallets and spending stacks of cash on products with very little evidence […]

Shark Spotters and PatternLab launch new automated shark detection project

After 15 years of using trained observers (spotters) to successfully reduce the risk of shark bites in Cape Town, the Shark Spotters program is launching a new research project aimed at creating an automated shark spotting system that will enhance their existing pioneering sustainable shark safety service. The Shark Spotters, the Institute for Communities and […]

PLEASE NOTE: There will be no Shark Spotters on duty at our operating beaches and no shark exclusion barrier in Fish Hoek from 29 Dec 2019 to 15 Jan 2021 due to the Coronavirus Level 3 beach closures.


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