Reports have been received from both surfers and fishermen about more sharks being in the area than normal. All ocean users are urged to cautious when swimming, surfing or diving in the sea.
The reasons for the increase in shark activity in Jeffreys Bay is unknown. Although there have been shark attacks over the years, with the first serious attack taking place at Supertubes in 1990, when a great white shark attacked a visiting surfer.
Shortly before that incident, local surfer Koffie Jacobs was flung off his surfboard and the marks left on his surfboard indicated that a shark had bumped him.
The Point has seen the most activity and sightings of sharks, while fishermen report that Ragged Tooth Sharks are abundant at Kabeljous Beach.
Great White Sharks, Zambezi’s and Tiger Sharks are the most dangerous to man and are involved in the majority of shark attacks worldwide.
A few months ago, Plettenberg Bay surfer Tim Van Heerden was attacked and killed by a Great White while surfing at Lookout Beach. A swimmer at Fish Hoek was badly injured when he was bitten by a big Great White shark after ignoring warnings that sharks were in the area.
How to avoid becoming a shark attack victim:
- avoid the water at dawn, dusk, or night, when sharks tend to feed
- avoid areas where sharks generally locate themselves, such as murky waters and steep drop-offs
- avoid swimming alone
- refrain from excess splashing or movement
- avoid entering water if bleeding from an open wound or if menstruating
- avoid areas where prey animals of sharks live, for instance seals
- avoid areas where the remains of fish have been discarded into the water, such as near fishermen cleaning their catch.
George Burgess, director of the International Shark Attack File, said the following regarding why people are attacked: “Attacks are basically an odds game based on how many hours you are in the water”