ST HELENA RESILIENCE FORUM

The St Helena Resilience Forum (SHRF) was informed of a shark sighting yesterday, Thursday 26 April 2018. The shark was spotted at around 5.30pm about 50m out from the main landing steps at the Wharf in Jamestown. This comes after a shark was spotted on Sunday, 15 April 2018, in Rupert's Bay.

The SHRF therefore reminds the public to use caution when swimming in the sea and has given the following guidance.

Check the water before entering � go to higher ground and look to see if any sharks are in the area � be aware that sharks can still enter an area at a later stage

Stay out of the water at dawn, early evening, and night, when sharks may move inshore to feed on fish. Sharks are well equipped to locate prey even when visibility is poor

Do not enter in or near areas where fish waste enters the water

Do not enter the water with an open wound, however small it may be

After large swells the waters can become murky � Do not swim during murky sea conditions

Do not wear high-contrast clothing (orange and yellow are said to be risky colours) or shiny jewellery (which may appear to be like fish scales). Sharks see contrast very well

Refrain from excessive splashing. Keep pets, which swim erratically, out of the water. Sharks are attracted to such activity

Leave the water quickly and calmly if a shark is sighted. Do not provoke, harass, or entice a shark, even a small one

If fish start to behave erratically, leave the water. They may be behaving like that because there is a shark in the area

Experts suggest that incidents with sharks are more common on lone swimmers � Do not swim, surf, or dive alone

If you are diving and are approached by a shark, stay as still as possible. If you are carrying fish or other catches, release the catch and quietly leave the area

The maritime community is also asked to refrain from disposing of any fish waste in the water at James Bay or Rupert's Bay as this could potentially attract a shark to the area.

Source: St Helena Government

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