24 October 2016

Cape Town: Shark Spotters has launched a new app!

Shark Spotters, the primary shark safety programme used in Cape Town, has launched an innovative app to assist swimmers and surfers to be more shark smart at Cape Town's beaches. The app provides water users with all the latest shark safety information at the city's beaches, including which flag is currently flying and why. The flags fly for various reasons, including:
  • poor spotting conditions due to cloud cover
  • shark sightings
  • an indication of water temperature
  • the lunar phase
  • an indication of whether the shark exclusion barrier in Fish Hoek has been deployed or not

The app is updated by the Shark Spotters on duty in real time so users can be assured that they always have the most current information at their fingertips to help them make a personal assessment about shark risks when entering the water.

The Shark Spotters app also provides information regarding:
  • weather conditions
  • marine animal activity in the area (such as whales, seals, dolphins, sunfish etc.)
  • the details of amenities on the beaches
  • short surf videos of isolated surf spots covered by the programme that do not have live web-cams in operation
  • safety tips to reduce the risk of encountering a shark
  • information about shark activity in Cape Town
The Shark Spotters app is available on iOS and Android platforms and is free to download. 

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