Apparent increased shark presence on Eastern Cape coastline: NSRI warns

OCTOBER 31, 2016

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) has warned the public to take caution along the Eastern Cape coastline areas of Oyster Bay, St Francis Bay and Jeffreys Bay due to an apparent increase in sharks

"A whale carcass that washed up on Anne Avenue Beach on the St Francis Bay coastline (originally found floating off-shore of Jeffreys Bay on Wednesday afternoon - read here) is believed to have caused a larger than normal shark presence in the area," the NSRI said.

"Sharks were spotted in the vicinity of the Krom River and Anne Avenue Beach, off-shore of St Francis Bay, close in-shore, over the past few days and their perceived increased presence is believed to be directly related to the whale carcass that beached on Thursday and which was then subsequently towed out to sea on Friday."

Bathers, paddlers, divers, sail boarders are urged to be cautious.

Carcass removal

On Friday, NSRI St Francis Bay trainee crew member Mark White (who is also a saturation diver) and his friend, local Cody Futeran, in their private capacity, assisted the local Disaster Management, who were tasked to remove the whale carcass from the beach.

The whale carcass, of a 15 meter Southern Right Whale, originally located by NSRI St Francis Bay floating off-shore of Jeffreys Bay on Wednesday afternoon, had drifted and beached by Thursday morning at Anne Avenue Beach, St Francis Bay.

Mark and Cody assisted Disaster Management by securing the whale carcass into a bridal and rope and using their private jet-ski they transported end of the rope to the Chokka fishing boat Sparadon (positioned behind the breaker line at Anne Avenue Beach) and Sparadon, at high tide on Friday afternoon, towed the whale carcass off the beach and out to the deep sea where it was released for natural disposal.

Image: Taken by Johan Barnard - TNPA (Transnet National Ports Authority) Harbour Master, of the whale carcass lying on Anne Avenue Beach, St Francis Bay, Thursday 27th October.