The good news is that you can relax in your swimming trunks this season because Shark Spotters is using an innovative ways to keep you safe.
Cape Town’s award winning shark safety organisation is using licensed drone pilots that are already fully functional and effective. CEO at Sharkspotters Sarah Waries chats about shark sighting and using drones to spot sharks
Waries says that during winter, sharks feed on ‘predator -naïve’ seals because they don’t know how to avoid sharks. She adds that as the seals get older, they learn to swim and avoid sharks.
It also happens to be spring when the water temperature gets warmer, and at that time we have a lot of fish activity move inshore.— Sarah Waries, CEO at Shark Spotters
Waries says that the sharks then change their prey from eating seal to fish.
We were fortunate enough that WeFix, a local tech company got in touch with us says Waries. She adds that they sponsored two drones and two guys to do their pilot licenses.
When the spotter on the mountain see’s the shark, we will send up the drone, go and confirm what species it is, confirm that it’s a species that is potentially dangerous and then track it’s movements.— Sarah Waries, CEO at Shark Spotters
Listen to more about the use of drones in the audio below...