The Shark Spotters

The Shark Spotters

Established in 2004, the Shark Spotters programme trains and employs local people to look out for sharks in the waters around Cape Town from mountain vantage points.

As well as improving beach safety for surfers and swimmers and providing emergency assistance in the event of a shark bite incident, it creates positive PR for sharks, contributes to research by collecting data on the behaviour and movements of the local white shark population, and advocates non-lethal methods to protect both sharks and humans.

The programme has proved to be a pioneering example of how people and sharks can co-exist.

Our partnership

In addition to funding, the Save Our Seas Foundation contributes organisational support to the Shark Spotters programme and plays a strong role in helping to educate the public about sharks and shark safety.