Is shark cage diving an ethical practice for tourists and adrenaline junkies?

With tourist season well and truly under way in Cape Town, tens of thousands of visitors will be flocking to the Mother City to take advantage of the weather, and some of the most popular attractions. For adrenaline junkies, shark cage diving will top the list, but is it an ethical way to see the ocean's top predator?

In Cape Town, we're very lucky to have the second largest white shark site in the world says Waris. Sharks are very much a part of Cape Town, and there are a number of places you can go to learn more about them she adds.

We have the Save Our Seas Shark Center in Kalk bay.

Sarah Waris, shark spotters

Shark Spotters is a proactive, safety service aimed at reducing the risk of shark bites says Waris. She adds that they also have a lot of educational programmes they run.

Firstly, we have spotters who sit on the mountain looking for sharks, and when they see a shark they set of a siren, put up a flag and call people out of the water.

Sarah Waris, shark spotters

Shark spotters look for a shadow under the water and assess the way the shadow moves, says Waris. It’s not like spotting a whale because they come up for air adds Waris.

If the shark doesn’t pose a potential threat to people, then we will obviously just leave the people in the water and let the shark swim past.

Sarah Waris, shark spotters

Click on the audio to hear the ethical implications...


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Things to take into consideration when wanting to renovate a shared building

Things to take into consideration when wanting to renovate a shared building

Renovations and alterations must not affect the building structure and not cause disturbance to the building's residents.

Holomisa shares his desire to be the country's deputy president

Holomisa shares his desire to be the country's deputy president

If the up coming elections resulted in the formation of a coalition government‚ Holomisa wants to be the deputy president.

Cape Town – facing worst drought in 100 years – braces for bumper tourist season

Cape Town – facing worst drought in 100 years – braces for bumper tourist season

Cape Town Tourism CEO Enver Duminy on what his organisation is doing to help the tourism industry through the drought.

WC govt launches campaign to help tourists, Cape guesthouses save water

WC govt launches campaign to help tourists, Cape guesthouses save water

Economic opportunities MEC Alan Winde says that the focus is on helping smaller tourism establishments save water.

White sharks washed ashore may have been killed by orcas

White sharks washed ashore may have been killed by orcas

A female shark nearly 5m long first washed up near Gansbaai.

Surfer describes frightening encounter with great white shark

Surfer describes frightening encounter with great white shark

The man was struck off his surf ski by a great white shark while paddling off the coast of Plettenberg Bay.

Popular articles
[WATCH] SANDF members hilariously mess up a supposedly easy practice run

[WATCH] SANDF members hilariously mess up a supposedly easy practice run

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

Hawks WC arrest right-wing suspect for possession of illegal firearms

Hawks WC arrest right-wing suspect for possession of illegal firearms

A tip-off has resulted in the arrest of 52-year-old Danie Groenewald who is linked to the Boerelegioen.

‘We’d be crazy to copy! Sometimes we get it wrong. There's no culture problem'

‘We’d be crazy to copy! Sometimes we get it wrong. There's no culture problem'

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Ian Moir, CEO at Woolworths.

[VIDEO] Muizenberg pedestrian attacked in broad daylight

[VIDEO] Muizenberg pedestrian attacked in broad daylight

A woman was attacked on her way to work earlier this month.

Criminals targeting homes with aluminium windows, warns neighborhood watch

Criminals targeting homes with aluminium windows, warns neighborhood watch

The Panorama, Welgelegen and Plattekloof Neighbourhood Watch has identified a new house break-in trend.