Yes, it’s shark season again

Warning__Shark_AHEAD_Wallpaper_ot03zThe City of Cape Town wants to make everyone aware of the expected increase in shark activity around the city’s beaches in spring and summer.

White sharks are present in our waters all year round and beach users should be aware that there is always a small possibility of encountering one of these animals.

“However, surfers are asked to be especially vigilant in the stretch between Sunrise and Macassar beaches during the spring and summer months, as research has shown that the shark presence in these waters increases at this time of year,” says Johan van der Merwe, mayoral committee member for energy, environmental and spatial planning.

The Shark Spotters information centre is open daily to the public from 08:00 to 18:00.

Beach and ocean users should keep in mind that the Fish Hoek shark exclusion net was deployed on Sunday.

The exclusion net has proven to be an effective shark safety measure by creating a physical barrier that prevents sharks from entering the bathing area. It will be in full operation during the summer season.

The Shark Spotters will keep beach users informed about the deployment of the net via Twitter and Facebook.

Signage is also displayed when the net is deployed.

For more information on the latest shark sightings and research visit www.sharkspotters.org.za or the SharkSpotters page on Facebook or follow the Shark Spotters on Twitter (@SharkSpotters).

Breaking News | Shark Attack

muizenberg PageAccording to reports, the 20-year-old was surfing when he was bitten after 14:00.

Craig Lambinon, NSRI spokesperson, said the man, from Newlands was found to be in a stable condition with multiple lacerations to his lower limbs (some of which are deep lacerations) and an avulsion to the left thigh.

The man was airlifted to hospital and in a stable condition

“A member of the public had begun first aid on the scene prior to paramedics arriving,” he said.

Lambinon said at the time of the attack the Shark Spotters were flying the Black Shark Flag (indicating poor water and weather visibility conditions – a misty haze).

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