muizenberg shark sighting

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Cape Town: Muizenberg swimmers ‘cleared from sea’ after shark sighting

It’s been a very scary Friday the 13th for beachgoers in Muizenberg this morning, after a shark sighting caused a mass evacuation from the sea.

muizenberg shark sighting

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Beachgoers in Muizenberg were treated to some early morning chaos on Friday, after a shark sighting forced local authorities to clear swimmers from the sea as a precautionary measure.

Muizenberg shark spotting on Friday 13 March

The popular Surfer’s Corner location saw a member of the public raise the alarm just after 9:30. The type – and indeed, whether it had any company or not – has not been disclosed. The incident was logged by Cape Town’s official shark-spotting team, who have members at several key points across False Bay.

Cape Town’s shark-spotting team ready for action

The spotters operate on eight beaches around Cape Town, primarily in False Bay. Four of these are a year-round racket – Muizenberg, St James/Kalk Bay, Fish Hoek and Kogel Bay. Meanwhile, the other four only operate during the spring-summer season, in Glencairn, Clovelly, Monwabisi and Noordhoek.

These beaches have been strategically selected as those which have the highest spatial overlap between people and sharks. That’s based on the ratio of “popular bathing or surfing beaches” to “highest number of sightings”.

Meaning of beach flags

Usually, the team rely on their own information before publishing anything on social media. But they took all the necessary precautions this time. It marks the first shark spotting in a month for the region, after a Bronze Whaler shark was clocked at St James’ beach on 13 February. The incident caused the “red flag” to be raised. There are four flags used in total, with each indicating a different level of danger to the public.

  • Green: Spotting conditions good.
  • Black: Spotting conditions poor.
  • Red: High alert in place.
  • White: Shark spotted nearby, leave the water immediately. Usually accompanied by a siren.