The Shark Spotters Programme

Keeping Cape Town’s swimmers safe
Polarised sunglasses and binoculars could save you from sharks in Cape Town, reports Sarah Wild in Business Insider SA.
  • The Shark Spotters programme warns people when sharks are in the water and stops them from getting bitten.
  • Cape Town has the largest concentration of white sharks on the doorstep of a major city anywhere, but these creatures are vital for the ocean ecosystem.
  • Shark activity peaks during the day, and during spring and summer — when people want to be in the water.
A man with a pair of binoculars is keeping Cape Town’s swimmers safe.
 
With polarised glasses to cut down the glare off the ocean, he scans the water for sharks. From 8AM until 6PM every day of the year, one of 30 trained shark spotters sits on the mountain above Muizenberg beach in Cape Town, ready to sound the alarm.
 
Sharks Spotters is a sustainable shark safety programme,” says Sarah Waries, CEO of the programme. “We’re trying to reduce the risk of shark bites by trying to stop people and sharks sharing the same space.”
 
As soon as a spotter sees a shark, they raise the alarm, and a siren tells people that they need to get out of the water.
 
These eagle-eyed spotters are the City of Cape Town’s strategy to stop people getting attacked by sharks. “We operate in Cape Town where we have the second largest aggregation of great white sharks in the world, and it is the largest on the doorstep of a major city,” says Waries.  
 
See the full report in Business Insider SA here
 
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Sarah Wild appeared in Business Insider SA on Jul 08, 2018, 09:14 AM