Nearly 2000 Sharks Spotted over Decade

Shark Spotters MuizenbergCape Town boasts the second largest aggregation of white sharks in the world and the largest aggregation on the doorstep of a major city.

Having completed ten years of shark research, Shark Spotters recently released a report mapping trends in shark movement in False Bay over the last ten years.

This season saw fewer sharks visiting the waters than previous years, with 142 sighted. Over the last decade, almost 2000 sharks have been spotted. “There is significant annual variation in the number of shark sightings and while we don’t yet fully understand the drivers of shark distribution it is likely a set of environmental variables such as water temperature or biological variables such as prey availability,” explains Shark Spotters research manager Alison Kock.

The average shark sighting lasts 17 minutes, with 77% of the sharks swimming in one direction as they pass through the area. The remaining 23% patrol the area, making at least one circle. Read more