17 January 2011

Shark attacks on the increase?

There seems to have been a steady increase in shark attacks in South Africa's waters, but is it the fault of humans or sharks?

A young provincial surfer, Zama Ndamase (14), died in Port St Johns on Saturday when he was attacked by what is presumed to be a Zambezi shark. Are shark attacks on the increase?

According to Geremy Cliff, head of research at the Natal Sharks Board, although the numbers of attacks in KwaZulu-Natal have actually decreased, in the Eastern and Western Cape they have increased slightly over the years. The national average now stands at about four or five a year. Some years do exceed this, says Cliff: “In 1998, there were 18 attacks. But not all are fatal.”


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