Things To Do in UmhlangaVisit the Natal Sharks Board
Where? 1A Herrwood Drive, Umhlanga, Durban, KwaZulu Natal.
When? Displays and curio shop open from Monday to Friday from 08h00 to 16h00, Audio-visual presentation and shark dissection, Tueday to Thursday at 09h00 and at 14h00, Sundays at 14h00. Closed all Public Holidays.
How? Call +27 (0)31 566-0499
How much? Falls into price group R1 to R100 per person. Confirm with the provider.
The heart, red and bloody, pounds across the sterile table causing yours to hit hard against your chest. Your eyes sparkle with adrenalin as you make out your own silhouette in the glazed eye of the predator. Your hand rises with desire to brush against the rough leathery skin curious to touch the grain that caresses like sandpaper but the bladed teeth still protruding and hungry with bite even in their death keep you at spectator's distance.
This live dissection of a dead shark at the Natal Sharks Board is enough to loop the Jaw's soundtrack in your mind for weeks to come but the simultaneous education of the vital role that sharks play in the natural ecosystem coupled with the truth that leaving our territory for a splash in the water we trespass in their territory; one is left feeling sympathetic and responsible.
The only institution of its kind in the world, the Natal Sharks Boards (NSB) services a 320km strip of shark nets and newly deployed drumlines along the KwaZulu Natal coastline leaving sun worshippers, beach-goers and surfers enjoying the warm waves of the Indian Ocean. The Natal Sharks Board research and conservation programmes have developed harmless methods like the electrical shark repellent to keep divers safe and this magnificent apex predator around for generations to respect. NSB welcomes visitors to the 25 minute audiovisual display of their day to day work followed by a 20 minute shark dissection.