NETTED: Yellowtail shoals in False Bay may increase shark activity
The City of Cape Town has warned residents to watch out for Great White sharks when visiting Cape beaches this summer.

The City expects an increase in shark activity after large shoals of yellowtail have been spotted in False Bay over the weekend.

There is normally an increase in the number of Great White sharks in in-shore areas in summer.

“Shark sightings typically start in late August, and continue through to April, with most sightings being reported mid-summer,” said Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Brett Herron.

“With the school holidays around the corner and warmer days ahead, I want to urge Capetonians and visitors to please take extra care when going into the ocean. Shark spotters and the Fish Hoek exclusion net are important safety measures, but the best precaution is to be alert and aware when in the water.”

The City advised people to use beaches where shark spotters are on duty and to familiarise themselves with the flag warning system.

The green flag indicates that spotting conditions are good; the red flag indicates that there is a high risk of in-shore shark activity; the black flag means spotting conditions are poor; and the white flag with the black shark indicates a shark has been spotted.

Herron also advised mense not to swim, surf or surf-ski where trek-netting, or fishing is taking place; not to swim if you are bleeding; and to avoid river mouths.

Mense can check social media and the Shark Spotter mobile app for beach updates.