Shark Spotters

When on holiday in Cape Town, you are bound to encounter shark spotters at the various dreamlike beaches of False Bay. At numerous outlook points volunteers are constantly on the lookout for the oceans largest predator. An excellent early warning system has been developed which has proven itself successful, time and time again.

Shark Spotters – Great White Sharks Information - Cape Town Cage Diving

Shark Spotters Cape Town

Shark Spotters are often only able to detect large shadows in the ocean, as Great White Sharks remain mostly submerged beneath the water’s surface. The spotters make use of specialised binoculars which reduce glare, as well as radio communication to remain in contact with beach guards at all times. Should a large shark be spotted close to shore, a siren will sound which alerts bathers and surfers of the impending danger.

Each beach is equipped with various flags, which inform beach-goers as to the current shark situation.

Green flag
- No sharks in sight!

Black flag
- Weather conditions for shark spotting are very poor!

White flag
- This is the highest alert level and swimming or surfing is prohibited. 

Red flag
- Sharks have been sighted in the last two hours.

No flag
- No Shark watchers on duty for organisational reasons.

The Great White Shark has its nursery in Gansbaai and reaches up to 8 metres in length with a weight of up to 3.5 tons, yet the excessively large sharks are rarely ever seen. Females are larger than males and usually grow to between 4 & 6 metres long, whereas males reach lengths of up to 5 metres.

Oceanographers estimate the life expectancy of the Great White Shark to be about 70 years. This however has not yet been scientifically proven, but we do know that sharks have the oldest life expectancy among vertebrates, as with, for example the Greenland shark which can reach a truly biblical age of 500 years.
Shark Attacks
People are not naturally on the Great White's menu and there is in any case a vast abundance of prey along the False Bay coast and Overberg region near Gansbaai. If you look at world-wide statistics, a drive to the beach or a falling coconut poses far more of a realistic threat than an encounter with a shark.

Helicopter Tours
When taking a helicopter flight over the Atlantic coast you will discover the famous Seal Island near Muizenberg from soaring heights. Immediately noticeable from here is the close proximity of the island to the endless dreamy beaches which are frequented by beach goers for relaxation and recuperation. Although not recognisable from the shore, the two hectare island lies only 5.7km offshore, inhabited by over 60 000 seals.

helicopter flight to Gansbaai will introduce you to the islands of Geyser Rock and Dyer Island first hand. Situated between the two islands is an underwater channel where you will, with a bit of luck, get to witness several Great White sharks from the air. On a clear day you will also recognise numerous seals and penguins. Here we would like to point out that it is forbidden to fly over nature reserves or national parks. It should also be made clear that seals and penguins appears very small from three thousand feet!

Now it is up to you to come and meet the Great White Shark up close and personal with a cage diving experience in Gansbaai. We operate daily shark tours from Cape Town to Gansbaai, the Great White breeding ground. 
We look forward to hearing from you!
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Contact for Shark Spotters