Seasonal shoals increase shark sightings along Cape Town shoresPublished: 16th November 2017

The first large shoals of yellowtail have been seen in False Bay and visitors to Cape Town are being warned of the increased number of sharks along the coast.

We're not aware that many of our guests plan to do much ocean swimming during their holiday to South Africa, but we know they are keen to see wildlife,  so this is very exciting!

As apex predators, sharks play an important role in maintaining the balance of the ocean but their numbers have been in steep decline with overfishing, shark finning and habitat destruction all impacting on shark populations. Due to slow growth, late maturity and having few offspring, sharks, skates and rays are extremely vulnerable. There are now 110 species listed in a threat category on the IUCN Red List with a further 95 species listed as Near Threatened (figures provided by the Shark Trust).

A unique selling point in South Africa, visitors can see not only the Big Five on safari (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo and rhino) but also the Big Marine Five (penguins, seals, dolphins, whales and sharks). This makes for a hugely exciting and diverse holiday experience. 

Short Guide to seeing the Marine Big Five in South Africa's Cape

Many of Cape Town's most popular beaches have shark spotters and some have exclusion nets during the warm summer months. If you are planning to venture from the sand into the sea (without a cage) then please do heed local advice! 

'Use beaches where shark spotters are on duty, and familiarise yourself with the four-flag warning system and warning siren."

Do you know your flags?

These are the four flags beachgoers should look out for:

If you are interested in Shark Cage Diving - an incredibly thrilling way to observe large sharks at close quarters - and an important sector in ecotourism helping to raise awareness about the species - then please do ask us about tours - we feel it is vital to only support responsible local operators involved in marine conservation and education.

If you would like to find out more about holidays to South Africa and its wonderful wildife please click here.


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