For some wildlife enthusiasts, the thought of swimming with sharks might be enough to trigger a vacation away from home. For many years, Cape Town has been a destination for people curious to interact with great white sharks. But lately that has changed – much of what was once a thriving shark population in the waters around Cape Town has disappeared.
A new BBC report explores the issue of what exactly happened to the Cape sharks. Did they migrate elsewhere? Could they have died? For the past 2 years, great whites have been absent – shark watcher Monwabisi Sikweyiya says he can’t remember the last time he saw one.
The report cites a few possibilities, including the idea that the area may have been overfished by local fishing boats – depleting the sharks’ food supply – or that the arrival of orcas resulted in the death of some sharks and the departure. others. Changes in the environment may also have contributed to the absence of the great whites.
Along with questions about their disappearance, another worrying point comes up throughout the segment: are the sharks simply temporarily absent or are they gone for good? If it is the latter, the implications for both local tourism and the regional ecosystem are indeed worrying.
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