Cape Town Shark Spotters App

shark spotters app
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2016 has seen 51 shark sightings across Cape Town beaches, the Fishhoek shark barrier has been up since 1 October, and the Shark Spotters Programme is operating at eight beaches across Cape Town until 1 May 2017.

While shark attacks are rare in the Cape, swimmers, surfers and divers still need to be aware of what’s happening both on and under the water. To this end, the City of Cape Town has announced the launch of a ‘Shark Spotters’ app.

Shark Spotters update the app with real-time information for every beach, including:

  • Shark sightings
  • Safety tips
  • Weather conditions
  • Marine animal activity
  • Details of amenities on the beach
  • Short surf videos of isolated surf spots covered by Shark Spotters that do not have live web-cams in operation

The app also clearly shows the flags flying at each beach, which provide information such as:

  • Poor spotting conditions due to cloud cover
  • Shark sightings
  • Water temperature
  • Lunar phase
  • Whether the shark exclusion barrier in Fish Hoek has been deployed or not

“We believe the Shark Spotters app will be an essential beach safety and information tool for all water users in Cape Town during the upcoming beach season”, said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy, Environmental and Spatial Planning, Councillor Johan van der Merwe.

The Shark Spotters app is available on iOS and Android platforms and is free to download.

Source: City if Cape Town and Traveller24

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