Shark Week Comes to False Bay

False Bay can expect a feast of marine related activities in the first week of September as Shark Spotters, in association with the Save Our Seas Foundation, hosts the 3rd Southern African Shark & Ray Symposium – our very own version of Shark Week!

The symposium is a biennial meeting of the local elasmobranch academic community, where over 90 scientists and researchers come together and share their collective knowledge to guide the conservation and management of Southern Africa’s sharks and rays.

Flying Great White Shark of False Bay. Photo_ Rob Lawrence

Flying Great White Shark of False Bay. Photo_ Rob Lawrence

In addition to the two-day scientific conference there will be a number of free public events that will showcase False Bay and its inhabitants in an effort to inspire a greater understanding and passion for the unique environment we live in.

#LoveFalseBay Special Speaker Evening 

Date: Monday 7 September 2015, 7pm – 10pm
Venue: Blue Bird Garage Market, 39 Albertyn Road, Muizenberg

Join us in celebrating the unique and diverse habitat that is False Bay! From charismatic marine megafauna to creating social change through surfing, we have lined up 10 sought-after speakers who will share updates and insights into their work in South Africa’s largest true bay.

Pyjama Shark of False Bay

Pyjama Shark of False Bay

Entry to the #LoveFalseBay event is free of charge. There will be live music, a fully licensed bar as well as food vendors at the venue.

Talks include: 

Title Presenter 
How life begins in False Bay: toxic eggs,  mermaid’s purses and brooding fathers. Georgina Jones: Southern Underwater Research Group
What surf magazines can tell us about  False Bay’s surfing past Glen Thompson: University of Stellenbosch
Big, bald, wet mammals – False Bay’s other fascinating fish Simon Elwen: Sea Search
Shark missiles – the power of a breach Alison Kock: Shark Spotters
False Bay – an aerial perspective Jean Tresfon
Underwater communication –  let the fish do the talking Paul Cowley: South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity
Sea Census – putting False Bay’s fish on film Lauren de Vos: Save Our Seas Foundation Shark Education Centre
Breaking cycles of violence, one wave at a time Tim Conibear: Waves for Change
The trials and tribulations of testing an electrical shark repelling cable at Glencairn Paul von Blerk: KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board
Killer whales – the wolves of False Bay David Hurwitz: Simon’s Town Boat Company

Conservation Photography Exhibition 

This outdoor photo exhibit tells the story of some of False Bay’s most charismatic underwater inhabitants – sharks and reef fishes – and the people whose lives overlap with theirs.

Seven Gill Cow Shark by Mac Stone

Seven Gill Cow Shark by Mac Stone

Sharks in the bay
By Mac Stone
False Bay is home to one of the world’s largest aggregations of great whites and a host of smaller sharks, many of which are endemic to South Africa. These photos celebrate our relationship with the ocean and the sharks that we share it with.

False Bay’s reef fishes
By Joris van Alphen
Some of Cape Town’s earliest settlers were fishermen and fishing is still a significant part of life in False Bay. But after years of exploitation, the bay’s reef fishes are battling for survival. This exhibit showcases the reef fishes of False Bay and the lives of its fishermen.

False Bay Fishermen by Joris van Alphen

False Bay Fishermen by Joris van Alphen

As the inaugural winners of the Save Our Seas Foundation’s Marine Conservation Photography Grant, Mac Stone and Joris van Alphen travelled to False Bay to document two stories. These images are the result of their expedition.

The exhibit starts on 7 September 2015 and can be found on the catwalk between Muizenberg and St James.

Visit Our Info Centres 

The Shark Spotters Info Centre at Surfers Corner, Muizenberg as well as the Save Our Seas Foundation Shark Education Centre on Main Road, Kalk Bay are open to the public throughout the year. We invite people to visit these centres to learn more about our organisations and the important safety, conservation and education activities we are carrying out in Cape Town. Please check the website for opening times of the Save Our Seas Foundation Shark Education Centre  . The Shark Spotters Info Centre is open daily from 8am to 6pm.

Eagle Rays released by Trek Fisherman  of False Bay

Eagle Rays released by Trek Fisherman of False Bay

About Shark Spotters
Shark Spotters strives to protect people and conserve sharks in Cape Town by applying innovative and responsible shark safety solutions, furthering knowledge with applied research, and raising awareness for better understanding.

About the Save Our Seas Foundation
In the effort to protect our oceans, the Save Our Seas Foundation funds and supports research, conservation and education projects worldwide, focusing primarily on charismatic threatened wildlife and their habitats.

Shark Spotters

Shark Spotters

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