South Africa has launched a free Shark-spotting app for beach-goers. It’s only been up and running for a month, but has already proved to be an effective warning system on Cape Town beaches.
Th app – Shark Spotters – provides current and accurate, real-time shark safety information, updated by volunteers on swimmers’ smartphones so they can make informed decisions about shark risks, even before arriving at the beach.
Additional info such as weather conditions, marine animal activity in the area (such as whales, seals, dolphins, sunfish etc.), the details of amenities on the beaches, as well as short surf videos of isolated surf spots, can also be found on the app.