Look, we’re not going to freak out about this because, you know, sharks live in the ocean.
But we are just going to drop a word of advice here if you’re on holiday – or planning to go on holiday – in places like Plettenberg Bay.
The Knysna-Plett Herald reported on Monday that about seven sharks were spotted between Lookout Beach and Robberg Beach.
Bathers have also been cautioned to swim between the flags and adhere to lifeguards’ instructions once the beaches have been reopened.
NSRI and Authorities are urging public caution along the Southern Cape coastline following reports of noticeably increased shark activity between Natures Valley and Mossel Bay.
Today, Monday, in the best interests of public safety, as a precautionary measure, beaches in Plettenberg Bay were closed by Bitou municipal authorities due to sightings of increased shark activity close in-shore.
The public are urged to adhere to local Municipal Authority warnings and go to beaches only where and when lifeguards are on duty, obey the lifeguards safety instructions, swim between the red and yellow flags posted by lifeguards. Leave the water if instructed to do so.
NSRI and the emergency services are well prepared to deal with any incidents and NSRI stations carry emergency medical shark kits including on all rescue boats and on NSRI rescue vehicles and NSRI medics are carrying these emergency medical shark kits in their private vehicles in an effort to ensure the quickest response to any incident.
Have emergency phone numbers programmed into your phone: The sea rescue National emergency number 112 (from a cellphone) and the NSRI web page www.nsri.org.za to get local NSRI emergency numbers for emergencies only.
Caution is advised to bathers, divers, paddlers, spear fishermen and anglers to be aware of increased shark activity along the Southern Cape Coastline, between Natures Valley and Mossel Bay, and public caution is advised.