ALERT: Certain Garden Route beaches closed as 7 sharks spotted

2017-12-12 13:47 - Gabi Zietsman
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Cape Town - The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) has issued a caution advisory after Plettenberg Beaches were closed on Monday after several sharks were spotted close to the shore.

According to local media outlet JBay News seven sharks were spotted between Lookout Beach and Robberg Beach.

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This prompted the NSRI to issue an advisory for beach goers between Nature's Valley and Mossel Bay. They urge the public follow any warnings issued by local municipalities and to only swim at beaches with lifeguards between the designated flags.

Always leave the water when instructed to do so immediately.

False Bay sightings

In the last four days, three sharks have been spotted at Muizenberg in Cape Town by Shark Spotters. Great white shark activity has increased along Cape Town’s beaches, with the City of Cape Town warning summertime beachgoers to heed the risks. 

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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.  

The NSRI and other emergency personnel are fully equipped to deal with shark-human conflict and all NSRI stations, including boats, vehicles and medics, carry medical shark kits for quick responses to incidents.

Flags beachgoers should look out for:

  • The green flag indicates that spotting conditions are good.
  • The red flag indicates that there is a high risk of inshore shark activity.
  • The black flag means spotting conditions are poor.
  • The white flag with the black shark indicates a shark has been spotted (a siren will sound and all should leave the water immediately).

You can also download the Shark Spotters mobile app for more up to date information. Check out NSRI's webpage to get your local NSRI emergency number and save it on your phone.

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