Is shark cage diving an ethical practice for tourists and adrenaline junkies?

With tourist season well and truly under way in Cape Town, tens of thousands of visitors will be flocking to the Mother City to take advantage of the weather, and some of the most popular attractions. For adrenaline junkies, shark cage diving will top the list, but is it an ethical way to see the ocean's top predator?

In Cape Town, we're very lucky to have the second largest white shark site in the world says Waris. Sharks are very much a part of Cape Town, and there are a number of places you can go to learn more about them she adds.

We have the Save Our Seas Shark Center in Kalk bay.

Sarah Waris, shark spotters

Shark Spotters is a proactive, safety service aimed at reducing the risk of shark bites says Waris. She adds that they also have a lot of educational programmes they run.

Firstly, we have spotters who sit on the mountain looking for sharks, and when they see a shark they set of a siren, put up a flag and call people out of the water.

Sarah Waris, shark spotters

Shark spotters look for a shadow under the water and assess the way the shadow moves, says Waris. It’s not like spotting a whale because they come up for air adds Waris.

If the shark doesn’t pose a potential threat to people, then we will obviously just leave the people in the water and let the shark swim past.

Sarah Waris, shark spotters

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