False Bay, South Africa is home to one of the World’s largest populations of Great White Sharks, and provides a unique setting in which humans and sharks have had to learn how to co-exist.

Shark Spotters is a pioneering shark safety programme which improves beach safety in False Bay by means of shark warnings and emergency assistance in the event of a shark incident. The Shark Spotters Programme contributes to research on shark ecology and behaviour, raises public awareness about shark-related issues, and provides employment opportunities and skills development for Shark Spotters.

Alison Kock, the Research Manager for Shark Spotters, has spent the past eight years researching the behavior of Great White Sharks in False Bay for her PHD, and during 2013, she has completed three studies on the Great White Sharks along with the help of Save Our Seas.

Here are a few interesting findings that resulted from the research of the Great White Sharks in False Bay. You can find the links to the published findings below for further reading.

1.) Residency, Habitat Use and Sexual Segregation of Great White Sharks, Carcharodon carcharias in False Bay, South Africa

 

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2.) The Influence of Environmental Variables on the Presence of Great White Sharks, Carcharodon carcharias at Two Popular Cape Town Bathing Beaches: A Generalized Additive Mixed Model

 

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3.) Effects of an Electric Field on Great White Sharks: In Situ Testing of an Electric Deterrent

 

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Join African Shark Eco-Charters on one of our Great White Shark cage diving and breaching trips, and let us educate you about the importance of sharks in our oceans and why they are worth protecting, in an effort to help save sharks.