Cape Town boasts some of the best beaches and surf spots in the world, but beneath the crystal blue surface lurks one of the most respected and revered predators. So, do you brave the water and hope for the best, or abstain from its liquid allure altogether?
The Shark Spotting Programme is the only program of its kind in the world. It attempts to balance the needs of both people and white shark conservation by pro-actively reducing the interaction and conflict between recreational water users and sharks. Cape Town has, over the last few years, experienced an increase in the number of great white sharks sighted in the in-shore zone. In response to these events and the increased fear by water users, particularly in False Bay, two community driven programmes were started out of a need to improve the safety of recreational water users.
Shark Spotters has proven to be an effective warning system in Cape Town with hundreds of shark sightings recorded. However, Shark Spotters is not 100% effective due to human error, weather and sea conditions but they are stationed permanently aiding surfers at all times.