January 12, 2010 by dyertrust

Our sympathy is extended to the friends and family of Mr Lloyd Skinner, a 37 year old Zimbabwean man, who died tragically in a shark attack on the 12th January 2010 at Fish Hoek beach.

At this time of the year, the increase of swimmers is matched by the movement of the Great White sharks into the shallows. In the winter months they prey on the Cape fur seal and so are based closer to the seal colonies. Reasons for this change of behaviour in summer are still being researched.

Cape Town’s shark spotters do a fantastic job working year round to notify people of any sharks in the area. They have wonderful vantage points ideally located on the mountains overlooking popular swimming beaches. On the day of the attack in Fish Hoek a warning about poor visibility had been issued by the spotters.

Click herefor more information on the incident.

Shark attacks are rare yet unfortunately 100 million sharks are killed annually by mans fishing, finning and shark netting techniques.

Our upcomingshark research projectaims to better understand the behaviour of the Great White, so we can protect both shark and man.