Wednesday, August 28, 2019

The seals see this as good news.

  Great white sharks, which support a shark-diving industry and have been responsible for a number of fatal attacks off Cape Town, haven’t been seen in the region for 18 months. 

Between 2010 and 2016 staff at the Shark Spotting Programme, established to warn swimmers when the three-ton predators approached beaches, reported an average of 205 sightings of the big apex predators off the beaches of False Bay. 

In 2018 that fell to 50 and this year not one has been seen. None have been seen at Seal Island, a one-time feeding ground off the coast. “Further supporting evidence of the absence of these large apex predators is the lack of any feeding or bite marks on whale carcasses the city has removed from False Bay this year,” Cape Town’s municipality said in a statement on Wednesday. “We do not know how their absence from False Bay would affect the ecosystem. Neither do we know the causes for their disappearance.”

They've all gone to Hawaii.  Or the Farallons.


  1. Orcas perhaps? They find shark liver quite tasty.

    1. We were just there. It's not "Oracas perhaps," it is "Orcas absolutely."

  2. Hawaii, the land of japanese tourist and where democrats like to swim in the surf. never stop your enemy when they jump on the apex predator's dinner plate.

  3. The real were replaced by the lowest denominator. Anything over 5, a mystery.

  4. How long before there's a UN project to re-stock Great Whites off Capetown?

  5. They're plentiful off of Cape Cod's beaches this year. Daily sightings and beach closings.