Swimmers unaware of shark near Dappat se Gat in Cape Town

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Swimmers were completely unaware of a shark lurking in the shallow water near Dappat se Gat in Gordon’s Bay, Cape Town.

Bronze whaler shark spotted near Dappat se Gat

A video of the bronze whaler shark swimming near beachgoers and surfers was shared by Greg Davies on Twitter on 18 January 2022.

Alleged sighting in Blouberg

Cape Town etc reports that there was also an alleged sighting in Blouberg as well. Though not as well-known as other locations in the Cape like Muizenberg, surfers were captured checking out the scene after being called to the beach:

A few sightings

Getaway Magazine reports that since December 2021, four bronze whaler sharks have been spotted at various Cape Town beaches.

In response to these sightings, the Shark Spotters Safety Education Research Conservation issued a safety warning in Cape Town. It has urged all beachgoers to practise necessary caution and safety advice when encountering these predators.

Shark Spotters’ shark safety advice

  1. If you are not fully aware of all of the risks of bathing in the ocean and are not prepared to take these risks, do not go into the ocean.
  2. Like all predators, are more likely to identify a solitary individual as potential prey, so try to remain in a group.
  3. White sharks are primarily visual hunters which would normally allow them to correctly distinguish you from their preferred prey species. Therefore, avoid entering the ocean when it is murky, during darkness or twilight hours when these predators rely on their other senses to locate potential prey rather than their vision.
  4. When encountering a white shark remain as calm as you can. Assess the situation. Do not panic! Panicked, erratic movements are likely to increase their curiosity, draw it closer to you and possibly send signals similar to an injured or distressed prey. Use any equipment (camera, surfboard, etc.) you may be carrying to create a barrier between yourself and the shark.
  5. Calmly alert other ocean users around you. Remain in or create a group, and leave the water in a calm and swift, but smooth, manner. Alert the lifeguards or shark spotters.

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