Close en­counter

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - HE­LEN BAM­FORD

CU­RI­OUS CASE: An in­quis­i­tive fe­male Great White shark comes face to face with a translu­cent box jel­ly­fish. The 3.5m shark came up from the depths of the seas at Dyer Is­land to take a good look at the small spec­i­men be­fore plung­ing back down and mov­ing on. ● More on page 10

A CAPE Town com­pany is to pro­duce a 3D map of the un­der­wa­ter to­pog­ra­phy around Jag­ger’s Walk in Fish Hoek which has been the scene of two fa­tal shark at­tacks.

The map will pro­vide re­searchers with de­tails of ev­ery reef, gully and sand­bank in the area and hope­fully pro­vide some un­der­stand­ing of what at­tracts sharks to the area.

White shark sci­en­tist Ali­son Kock said it was un­usual for two fa­tal at­tacks to take place in the same area.

“It sug­gests some­thing about the area that needs fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

The area to be mapped starts at Sunny Cove and will go 300m out, in­clud­ing the whole stretch of coast along Jag­ger’s Walk and as close in to the beach as pos­si­ble. It will be car­ried out by Muizen­berg­based com­pany Un­der­wa­ter Sur­veys, who will start the sur­vey at sun­rise on Mon­day.

Mean­while, the Save Our Seas Foun­da­tion has joined forces with the City of Cape Town to sup­port the Shark Spot­ting Pro­gramme.

Spokes­woman Ch­erylSa­man­tha Owen said the foun­da­tion ac­knowl­edged that shark mon­i­tor­ing did not pro­vide a 100 per­cent guar­an­tee, but did im­prove the safety of recre­ational wa­ter users.

Over 570 shark sight­ings have been recorded by the shark spot­ters since its in­cep­tion in 2004.


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