Sunday, February 8, 2009

South Africa Shark Spotters - AP

We just finished a post about the Zambezi shark net issue surfacing in Port St.John.

This mornings AP news covered Cape Towns shark spotters program. The article reminds readers that there are viable solutions to shark and tourist beach interactions that do not always involve the permanent removal of these animals.

Kudos as well to writer Clare Nullis who took the time to really look into the issue of sharks producing an excellent and informative piece:

MUIZENBERG, South Africa - Shark spotter Patrick Davids is glad to see the back of the busloads of visitors who flocked to his powder-white beach over the New Year, distracting him with surfing spills, near drownings and illicit booze.

In contrast to the human hordes, the great white sharks under his watch behaved impeccably, says Davids. He regards the mighty predators as familiar friends with names like Speedy, Nosy, Rosy and Charlize.

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