Great White Shark diving is hugely popular and money raised has been able to go towards further behavioural studies. A recent announcement of Crittercams has been met with mixed responses.
Crittercams – small cameras used to study the behaviour of wild animals – are to be attached to Great White sharks in the sea off Fish Hoek near Cape Town in an attempt to further researchers’ understanding of why the animals use this area so extensively, particularly during the touristy summer season.
The City of Cape Town’s Shark Spotting Programme has sent out an alert of 12 shark sightings over the past five days – many believed to be of the same shark – in the Fish Hoek and Clovelly area. Great Whites are a common sight in False Bay in the summer months. Shark spotters have recorded 765 shark sightings between November 2004 and September 2010, almost all during the summer months, but researchers say they still don’t know what the sharks are doing inshore.
Fish Hoek has seen two fatal shark attacks in recent years and more surf-skiers and kayakers have had run-ins with the predators there than anywhere else along the coast. With the help of the crittercam, researchers hope to discover if the sharks are hunting fish or other prey; how they are using the area; and if they are swimming near the bottom of the sea.
Encompass Africa recommends you take caution when swimming in the waters of Fish Hoek, both the Sunny Cove side and Clovelly side. Familiarise yourselves with the latest shark sightings before entering the water and if you hear the siren go off or see shark spotters’ flags please do get out of the water.
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