Thursday, February 24, 2011

Bathing dangerous

False Bay has a bad reputation when it comes to sharks so there is now an efficient system of Shark Spotters who keep an eye on shark movements. This lady in the photo is a Shark Spotter and has a mobile phone that is in contact with Shark Spotters up on the hill. We wondered if she was going to tell the chap swimming to get out - but no - there must have been no sharks about. She seemed more bothered by the strong rip current. There is an interesting information centre at St James all about sharks that is well worth a visit.


  1. Ooh, looks all cold and grey along the coast, Caroline! Perhaps that window condition is causing the rip. Take care. Jo

  2. That seems like a lot to deal with. Sharks and a rip tide. A person not a skilled swimmer and knowing about rip tides would be foolish to put a toe in the water especially with sharps who pass up toes for a bite out of the butt. I don't think I would go down the stairs to the beach but I am a sissy when it comes to oceans – been on the Pacific and nearly drowned going under on the step at the bottom of a chain ladder while holding onto an old underwood typewriter. When the ship rolled back up I was still on the bottom landing of the chain ladder and still held on to the typewriter. Those were the days when a trip to Iwo Jima didn't both me at all. But drowning was something else.

    I do appreciate your visit to me blog and the comments. I do not get to see you as much as I would like to. I try to visit everyone but as I get old I seem to slow down more and the recliner is a perfect place to snooze away time this winter. Thanks again.

  3. I love the idea of the shark spotters and really think they do a very good job. I have heard that they get lots of critisism about evacuating the water and the people on the beach don't actually see the shark that was spotted from the hill. But I would rather be told to get out the water than be eaten.