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30 August 2011

NSRI issues Cape shark warning

Cape Town - The NSRI issued a shark warning on Monday after increased Great White activity in-shore along the False Bay coastline.

NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon said shark researchers are again noticing an annual trend, at this time of the year, where Great Whites' activity shifts away from Seal Island and progresses in-shore along the coastline in search of natural food - summer fish, sharks and rays.

The major increase in shark activity appears to be between Macassar and Strandfontein, but sharks have also been noticed at Fish Hoek, he said.

Swimmers, surfers and paddlers have been warned to be on the alert, Lambinon added.

He said surfers at the popular surfing spots of Nine Miles and Cemetery, and swimmers between Strandfontein and Macassar are most at risk this time of year as the area has the highest density of Great Whites.

However, the advisory of caution stretches along the entire False Bay shoreline.

Researchers are also advising caution around Southern Right Whales, where increased shark activity is recorded, possibly indicating White Sharks hunting whale calves or still born calves.

Swimmers along the popular bathing and surfing beaches between Muizenberg and Fish Hoek should adhere to the shark spotter sirens and leave the water.

- News24