Warning: Increased shark activity expected in CT
Written by Keshia Jansen on November 14, 2017
The City of Cape Town has issued a warning to remind beachgoers of the expected increase of great white sharks in in-shore areas as the warmer weather approaches.
Large shoals of yellow tail (fish) have been spotted in the False Bay area, which is expected to attract sharks.
The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron, has said: “Shark sightings typically start in late August, and continue through to April, with most sightings being reported mid-summer. With the school holidays around the corner and warmer days ahead, I want to urge Capetonians and visitors to please take extra care when going into the ocean. Shark spotters and the Fish Hoek exclusion net are important safety measures, but the best precaution is to be alert and aware when in the water.”
In a statement, the City has issued a comprehensive list of safety tips.
Some of these include:
– Only enter the water when there are shark spotters on duty
– Ensure that you understand the shark spotter signage: “the green flag indicates that spotting conditions are good; the red flag indicates that there is a high risk of in-shore shark activity; the black flag means spotting conditions are poor; and the white flag with the black shark indicates a shark has been spotted (a siren will sound and all should leave the water immediately).”
– Do not swim if you are bleeding
– Do not swim, surf or surf-ski at night
– A water temperature of 18ºC or higher during a new moon poses an increased risk for shark activity as these are the ideal conditions for feeding
Residents are urged to exercise extra precaution between Sunrise Beach and Macassar Beach as shark activity is extremely common around the spring and summer months.
Shark spotters will be present at the following beaches:
An exclusion net has been deployed in Fish Hoek to physically prevent sharks from entering the shore but will not be in use under certain conditions.
It is advised that residents stay informed through the various platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and the Shark Spotter mobile app which can be downloaded from Apple and Android app stores.