The Shark Spotters programme in Cape Town, South Africa, improves beach safety through both shark warnings and emergency assistance in the event of a shark incident. The programme contributes to research on shark ecology and behaviour, raises public awareness about shark-related issues, and provides employment opportunities and skills development for spotters.
Donnie Felix, a Shark Spotter, watches the waters off St James. By coordinating via radio with a spotter on top of the mountain, he alerts swimmers to shark sightings. Photo by Mac Stone
Finding the balance between recreational water user safety and white shark conservation