Man Versus Sea: South Africa’s Shark SpottersMonwabisi “Monwa” Sikweyiya has spent almost every day for the past eight years on the cliffs overlooking Muizenberg Beach, just outside of Cape Town in South Africa. The former surfer and his co-workers take five-hour shifts at a time looking for one thing: great white sharks.
|Keeping an eye out. (Photo: Andrew Rothschild)|
“There are lots of seals and penguins here, and that is their diet,” Sikweyiya said. “So they come to these beaches to feed.”
But the area is also perfect for surfing. And the two simply do not mix, at least not if you want to keep all of your limbs.
Sikweyiya used to be a surfing lifeguard, but he started with Shark Spotters in 2006 after a particularly bad shark attack on a fellow surfer.
“The guy lost his leg. I knew something had to be done,” he said. Now, he and a rotating team of men and women keep watch from the cliffs, where they spend mind-numbing hours staring at the water, looking for shark-shaped shadows. Read More...
|They can spot sharks from these cliffs. (Photo: Andrew Rothschild)|