FAQ

  • What is the biggest shark that KZN Sharks Board has ever caught?

    It was a Great White Shark which was caught in Richards Bay in 2002. It weight 1160 kg.

  • What are the most common sharks along the KZN coastline?  

    Dusky shark (Carcharhinus obscurus)

    Spinner shark (Carcharhinus brevipinna)

    Sandbar shark (Carcharhinus plumbeus)

    Blacktip shark (Carcharhinus limbatus)

    Tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier)

    Scalloped hammerhead shark (Sphyrna lewini)

  • When last did a shark incident happen in a protected beach?

    The last incident at a protected beach took place in 1999 at Umtentweni beach. A surfer was bitten by a large Great White shark in very clear water. A similar occured in Ballito in 1980, also inside bather safety gear.

  • When last did a shark incident happen in a non-protected beach in KwaZulu Natal?

    In 2011; the incident occured at Aliwal Shoal which is situated approximately five kilometres offshore of the small town of Umkomaas on the KZN South Coast.

  • Is it true that urinating in the water attract sharks?

    No, it is a myth that sharks are attracted to urine, no scientific study has proven that. Many surfers confess that they urinate in water frequently and never were bitten by any shark.

  • What is a drumline?

    A drumline consists of a large, anchored float (which was originally a drum) from which a single baited hook is suspended. Most beaches are protected either by two nets or by one net and four drumlines, but the quantity of gear varies from beach to beach. The drumlines are only deployed at Richards Bay on the Hibiscus Coast (Hibberdene to Port Edward).

  • How many protected beaches are there in Kwa-Zulu Natal?

    The KwaZulu-Natal coastline is the only coastline with 38 beaches equipped with bather safety gear owned and maintained by the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board Maritime Centre of Excellence in South Africa.