On 18th April 2012 , people were banned from swimming in Scottburgh , after 14 tiger sharks were caught in the shark nets. Five of the sharks died.
Upon commencing the daily servicing of the Scottburgh shark safety gear this morning, 18th April 2012, the KZNSB crew came across a number of tiger (Galeocerdo Cuvier) sharks that were caught in the nets.
A total of 14 sharks ranging in size from 1.7m to 2.3m pre-caudal length, were captured. 9 of these were tagged and released alive. An additional boat unit was dispatched from Kingsburgh to assist in the removal of all the shark safety gear at the beach and bathing has been banned. The removal of gear in this type of unusual situation is standard practice to prevent the unnecessary capture of any sharks.
Tiger sharks are notorious scavengers however no captures have occurred at this installation since 03 April 2012, when 2 spinner sharks were caught. There appears to be some form of slick on the water surface in the inshore area of the bay, the source of which is unknown. This however may be acting as an attractant to these sharks.
The bathing ban advisory will remain in force as a precautionary measure until such time as evidence of this slick disappears and the shark safety gear is reinstated and has been serviced.
Head of Operations
KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board