CCT shark warning – beware of the white flag!
(Not technically energy related, but still important. Protect those sharks from unhealthy highly processed human meat)
Beach-goers and water-users are advised that there are currently white sharks in the False Bay area and are urged to be extra vigilant. According to Shark Spotters, the programme set up in 2004 to monitor shark activity for recreational water users, there were five sightings yesterday, 5 January 2011, at Muizenberg, St. James and Fish Hoek. The City of Cape Town’s Law Enforcement unit also reported a sighting at Macassar Beach and another reported sighting was made at Long Beach, Simon’s Town.
High numbers of people are using Cape Town’s beaches due to the good weather. The City therefore appeals to all water users to be vigilant, obey the shark siren if it is sounded, and take note of the Shark Spotters’ flags (see below) and signage for regular updates on shark sightings. Since the school holidays at the beginning of December, Shark Spotters have recorded 24 shark sightings at Muizenberg, Clovelly, Fish Hoek, St. James and Noordhoek. This brings the total number of shark sightings to 857 since the Shark Spotters’ Programme started in 2004.
Confirmed reports have also been received from the NSRI and Western Province Life-saving, which have monitored Clifton, Llandudno, Cape Point, Simonstown, and the area between Strandfontein and Macassar. The increase in shark activity can be associated with a growth in biological activity often identified by schools of fish, the presence of marine mammals and high marine bird activity. Yesterday, birds and dolphins were observed feeding on a bait ball of fish in Glencairn and Fish Hoek.
Beach users are reminded that there are no shark spotting services at Simon’s Town beaches or at beaches along the north shore of False Bay between Sunrise Beach and Gordon’s Bay. Shark Spotting services are available at Muizenberg, St James-Kalk Bay, Clovelly (until April), Fish Hoek, Glencairn (until April), and Noordhoek.