About Natal Sharks Board

The only organisation of its kind in the world, the Natal Sharks Board protects beach users in KwaZulu Natal against shark attack with an extensive and effective network of shark nets that extend along 320 kilometres of coastline.

Did you know? Umhlanga Rocks Lighthouse is a fully automatic lighthouse has never had a light-keeper because the Oyster Box Hotel (originally the first beach cottage in the area) has always had the lighthouse controls in its office. This continues today. It is one of the most photographed lighthouses because of its proximity to a popular beach.

The Natal Sharks Board is not only involved in preventing shark attacks, it also plays a huge role in research on sharks, and supports and promotes the conservation of sharks. One of their biggest balance acts is reducing the number of shark deaths in the nets, without jeopardising the safety of those using the beaches along the coast.

It is interesting to learn that the recapture rate of sharks caught in the nets is only about 4%. Analysis of shark attacks over the last four decades shows, most importantly, that shark attacks are very rare, despite peoples’ inherent fear of these beasts of the deep. On average only six incidents occur a year, and since 1990 only 26% of attacks have been serious. Only 12% were fatal along the coastline from Mozambique border all the way to Table Bay in Cape Town.

You can learn more about sharks and the Natal Sharks Board by visiting the complex in Umhlanga. Highlights of the visit include a display hall with lifelike replicas of sharks, fish and rays, an audio-visual presentation on the day-to-day work that the Natal Sharks Board carry out, and a 20 minute shark dissection.

If you’re interested in seeing the shark in action, then heading down to Ushaka Marine World’s dolphinarium and large aquaria is a good idea, as they have several sharks, including the spotted ragged-tooth.

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WhereNatal Sharks Board, 1a Herrwood Drive, Umhlanga, Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

WhenPlease enquire.

Telephone+27 (0)31 566-0400

OvernightStay in Umhlanga Accommodation, KwaZulu Natal

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