Seasonal shoals increase shark risk along Cape Town shores

Great white shark activity has increased along Cape Town’s beaches, with the City of Cape Town warning summertime beachgoers to heed the risks. 

The influx of apex predator activity is due to large seasonal shoals of yellowtail, with the first of these spotted in False Bay over the weekend.  

Mayoral Committee Member Brett Herron says this, together with water temperature in excess of 18ºC or higher during the phase of the new moon, creates the  opportunity for dangerous encounters. 

"Shark sightings typically start in late August, and continue through to April, with most sightings being reported mid-summer." 

"With the school holidays around the corner and warmer days ahead, I want to urge Capetonians and visitors to please take extra care when going into the ocean."

"Shark spotters and the Fish Hoek exclusion net are important safety measures, but the best precaution is to be alert and aware when in the water," says Herron.

With the mid-summer drawing closer, the City advises beachgoers to familiarise themselves with certain safety measures.

"Use beaches where shark spotters are on duty, take the time to speak to the shark spotters on the day you visit the beach,' says the City. "Use the shark spotters signs to familiarise yourself with the four-flag warning system and a warning siren."

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Source: Traveller24