Streaming issues? Report here
Kieno Kammies 2019 1500 BW Kieno Kammies 2019 1500 BW
Today with Kieno Kammies
09:00 - 12:00
volume_up
volume_mute

Up Next: The Midday Report
See full line-up
Today with Kieno Kammies
09:00 - 12:00
Home
arrow_forward
Local

Killer whales not to blame for disappearance of great white sharks in False Bay

28 August 2019 6:01 PM
Tags:
Sharks
Great white sharks
False Bay
False Bay coast
marine biology

Marine biologist Dr Sara Andreotti talks to John Maytham about the lack of great white sightings in False Bay this year.

Something fishy's going on in the waters of False Bay off the Cape Town coast.

The City of Cape Town, along with the Shark Spotting Programme, is reporting the complete disappearance of great white sharks from that particular area.

Shark sightings fell by around a quarter in 2018, compared with average yearly sightings between 2010 and 2016.

More worryingly, not a single shark spotting has been reported so far this year.

Marine biologist Dr Sara Andreotti says claims that local killer whales in the area are to blame just don't add up.

I cannot believe that two orcas would make an entire white shark population disappear from the most important site around the coastline.

Dr. Sara Andreotti, Marine biologist

In 2012, experts put the population of great whites around the coast at around 300-500.

Given those figures, Andreotti says she's not surprised by the latest statistics.

We also did a genetic study to confirm this result and it confirms that the white shark population in South Africa was in very big trouble.

Dr. Sara Andreotti, Marine biologist

Listen to the full interview below:


28 August 2019 6:01 PM
Tags:
Sharks
Great white sharks
False Bay
False Bay coast
marine biology

Recommended

More from Local

bambi-fatmanjpg

Lone hippo finds a new home and companion in Mossel Bay

3 July 2020 11:04 AM

A lone hippopotamus that was found wandering near the Rondevlei section of False Bay Nature Reserve last year has finally found a home.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

shack-reerected-in-emplwenipng

Leaked City WhatsApp chat shows ordering destruction of shack again

3 July 2020 10:06 AM

A video of City of Cape Town officials dragging naked Bulelani Qholani from his shack in the Mpolweni site went viral.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Covid-19 coronavirus testing 123rf

UCT epidemiologist: Covid-19 will be with us for at least a year to 18 months

3 July 2020 9:02 AM

Prof Boulle says W Cape trend a lower, flatter trajectory that will continue for a long time but is easier on the health system.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

oxygen-mask-medical-care-hospital-respiratory-illness-Covid19-coronavirus-123rf

[UPDATE] Western Cape braces for 'longer and flatter' Covid-19 peak

2 July 2020 7:47 PM

Premier Alan Winde says the province's coronavirus peak will likely be flatter, later, and longer, according to epidemiological evidence.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

cemetery-tombstone-gavesite-pexels-free-imagejpg

'Abnormal' number of natural deaths suggests 'not all Covid deaths get reported'

2 July 2020 7:00 PM

The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) has reported an unusual increase in the number of natural deaths in South Africa.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

171207licence-sajpg

AA calls on Mbalula to extend licence renewal period to 2021

2 July 2020 5:35 PM

The Automobile Association (AA) has called on Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula to extend the validity of all licences until 2021.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

empty-school-desk-chair-classroom-grade-learning-education-teaching-pupils-123rf

Education department halts school return for some grades

2 July 2020 4:12 PM

The Department of Basic Education has backtracked on which grades will be allowed to return to school next week Monday.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

empolwenijpg

Suspend Richard Bosman, JP Smith and Malusi Booi immediately - Ndifuna Ukwazi

2 July 2020 3:25 PM

Social justice group Ndifuna Ukwazi has called for the immediate suspension of senior city officials who ordered the evictions in Khayelitsha.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

masks-picjpg

Fraudsters have allegedly dipped into govt Covid-19 relief billions

2 July 2020 2:02 PM

SIU's Kaizer Kganyago says cases involve price gouging and procurement process irregularities in the health sector.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

volunteers-peninsula-school-feeding-associationjpg

Judgment reserved in court bid to reinstate school feeding programme nationwide

2 July 2020 1:53 PM

The court case against the Department of Basic Education (DBE) was heard virtually in the North Gauteng High Court on Thursday afternoon.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward