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.