Shark spotters ready for festive season

The shark exclusion net.
Beachgoers can expect shark spotters to be on duty at Muizenberg, St James/Kalk Bay, Caves in Kogel Bay, Glencairn, Clovelly, Monwabisi and The Hoek in Noordhoek from Wednesday December 12 to Monday January 7. 

The shark exclusion net is already being deployed at Fish Hoek Beach on a daily basis as the presence of sharks along the False Bay coastline is more prevalent during warmer months.

Mayoral committee member for transport and urban development, Felicity Purchase, said; “While the shark spotters and the Fish Hoek exclusion net are important safety measures, I want to urge beachgoers to please be vigilant when going into the ocean and to adhere to the warnings from the shark spotters. White sharks are present in our ocean and, by going into the water, there is a small possibility of encountering one of these animals.”

Residents and visitors are also encouraged to download the Shark Spotters mobile app to access the latest shark safety information. The app is available free of charge for Apple and Android devices.

Authorities have also urged beachgoers to adhere to the warnings that will be issued by the shark spotters on duty to ensure that everyone has a safe, enjoyable beach experience.