City of Cape Town warns beach goers about high shark activity

The City of Cape Town and the Shark Spotting Programme in Cape Town warned beach goers about an ongoing high Great White Shark activity in the False Bay and Muizenberg areas as well as Fish Hoek and Clovelly areas.

The Shark spotters also noted that there are groups of sharks or "more than one shark at any given time at both beeches" at Fish Hoek and Muizenberg.

Therefore the City of Cape Town issues a "general caution" which will remain in place because of the high levels of activity.

The City appeals to all water users to be extra vigilant at this time, to familiarise themselves with the recent shark activity in the area before entering the water, obey the shark siren, and to take note of the Shark Spotters’ flags and signage for regular updates on shark sightings. The four-flag warning system works in the following manner:

  • A red flag indicates a Shark Alert. This flag will be flown during periods of increased shark activity, after a shark has recently been spotted in the area and the beach cleared, or when conditions are conducive to high shark activity
  • A green flag means that the spotting conditions are good and no sharks have been seen
  • A black flag means that the spotting conditions are poor, but no sharks have been seen
  • A white flag with a black shark diagram means that a shark is currently near the beach, and beach users must get out of the water. A siren is sounded and the white flag is raised.

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