Shark Spotters baffled by bizarre decrease in white sharks in False Bay
There's been a dramatic decrease in white shark spotting in False Bay, both in the summer months inshore, and over winter at Seal Island.
Shark Spotters recorded an all-time low number of white shark sightings across the eight beaches they operate on in Cape Town during the 2017/18 summer season.
There has, however, been a surprising increase in the number of bronze whaler sharks frequenting the inshore zone over this period.
Tamlyn Engelbrecht, research manager at Shark Spotters, says they have not yet been able to determine the driving factors behind the drop in numbers.
Engelbrecht says there has been a notable shift away from the False Bay area towards the southeastern region and along the east coast.
The marine researcher says more data is needed to understand the changing trends in white shark activity.
It points to more of a shift in the distribution [rather] than an actual decline.Tamlyn Engelbrecht, research manager at Shark Spotters and PhD candidate at iCWild
The drivers as to why this is happening are still a bit of a mystery for us.Tamlyn Engelbrecht, research manager at Shark Spotters and PhD candidate at iCWild
We just have to keep collecting data and keep trying to figure out these somewhat enigmatic creatures.Tamlyn Engelbrecht, research manager at Shark Spotters and PhD candidate at iCWild
Listen to the discussion on The John Maytham Show:
Eskom is owed huge amounts of money by individual users, with those in Soweto owing R18-million.Read More
Ian Ohlson says the call center industry in South Africa is flourishing and has become an engine for job growth and opportunity.Read More
A new book explores the horrors of forced removals in Cape Town's Harfield Village through pictures and resident's memories.Read More
The forum for community radio stations in South Africa explains why 43 community radio stations across South Africa face closure.Read More
A person found guilty of so-called 'revenge porn' could now face up to four years in prison or a fine of up to R300,000.Read More
Mashaba tendered his resignation saying the DA no longer represents a movement that can save the country.Read More
Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse CEO Wayne Duvenage says they have to wait for court processes to take place.Read More
Santaco W Cape's first deputy chairperson Mzoxolo Didela says it hopes the meeting with the MEC will yield in better cooperation.Read More
Lead SA: Margaux Rat talks about harnessing the sport to develop confidence in kids and young adults who've experienced trauma.Read More
The victorious Boks were greeted with cheers from waiting South Africans and hugs and kisses from their family members.Read More