Sharks!

10 Sep

A Shark

False Bay, the bay that we are living on, is known as one of the hot spots for sharks.  The Save Our Seas Foundation has organized a group called “Shark Spotters” to help identify sharks in the waters off the swimming beaches.  Shark spotters sit many hundreds of meters above the beach watching for the shadows of sharks in the water.

A Shark Spotter on Muizenberg Beach

Flag warning system

There are a system of flags and a siren that alert swimmers, surfers and kayakers to the presence of sharks.

The black flag, like you see in the picture below, means the water is murky and sharks are hard to spot.  There are also white, blue and red flags for increasing shark danger in the surf. Whenever a shark is spotted a siren sounds to get everyone out of the water immediately.

Since this system has been instituted there have been fewer shark attacks in False Bay. The spotters sit during all daylight hours watching the surf

with a telescope and binoculars…through all kinds of inclement weather as surfers may be out catching waves.

Shark attacks are not increasing in fact you have a better chance of dying while flying a kite than you have being attacked by a shark. Another statistic from Save Our Seas says more people are killed by their bed clothes than die from shark attacks.  So Jaws is an anomaly.

Just in case the safest shark to see may be this one on a pole in Kalk Bay.

Shark on a pole

3 Responses to “Sharks!”

  1. Neil Freer September 11, 2012 at 1:19 am #

    Ummmmmmmm……..that puts some real teeth in your adventure posts……
    Neil

  2. obie September 10, 2012 at 11:47 pm #

    is that why Dana was standing by in the apron? to make shark steaks?

    • Jill September 11, 2012 at 4:13 am #

      Well yes, if it’s at our house then Dana cooked it. And, usually he wears an apron. That’s my guy…

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