Monday, October 09, 2006

Surfing competition interrupted by Great White shark

Organisers of the Kahuna Surf Series contest in Muizenberg, Cape Town, had to temporarily halt the event due to a Great White shark lurking in the waters.

The novice surfing competition, which took place on Saturday, was interrupted for approximately 15 minutes after the shark spotters, who monitor the surf break, raised the alarm as the shark entered an area where the surfers were competing.

After the shark moved offshore the shark spotters raised the “all clear” flag.

Great White shark sightings are a common occurrence around the Cape Peninsula during spring and early summer months.

Ocean users in the area say these sightings have become all too common and they are calling for city authorities to do something about the problem they say has escalated dramatically over the past five years. Fish Hoek Bay recorded as many as 138 Great White sightings last summer.


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