15 October, 2012 15 October, 2012

Greenpoint shark breach

As proven today, False Bay isn’t the only place were sharks breach to catch their prey.

Six local Greenpoint surfers this afternoon (15 October) witnessed a “very large” shark breach no fewer than five times a mere 10 metres from the rocks while they sat bewildered on the beach in front of the channel after a cooking two-hour surf. “It was definitely chasing something” one of the surfers reported. “And seemed to have something in it’s mouth on the third breach.” another said. The size of the shark and the definitive colouring point towards a great white, but it is unconfirmed at this time.

Many of us have seen our fair share of sharks while surfing in SA, but this may just be one of the first times a group of surfers have witnessed one breaching just behind a well-known break?

All six surfers refused to paddle back out and won’t be dreaming of surfing Greenpoint any time soon.


  1. Jayson Rawraway
    15 October, 2012 at 5:48 pm · Reply

    Which spot in green point?

  2. Jacque
    15 October, 2012 at 6:03 pm · Reply

    Sounds like a mako to me, but I have never seen one of those breaching around the Cape? Or the locals are thinning the crowds out… and by locals I mean the surfers.

  3. Atlanticplumbing
    15 October, 2012 at 6:32 pm · Reply

    What surf spot?

  4. Capetownjohn
    16 October, 2012 at 4:35 am · Reply

    Happend to a bunch of us in Hermanus a few years ago, shark breached with a seal in it’s mouth about 20m outside the line-up. It was an amazing thing to watch….

  5. BD54
    16 October, 2012 at 12:56 pm · Reply

    up in KZN & spending many hours Rockin Surf fishing all over KZN &
    South Africa coast line I have seen many sharks breaching . This is not
    uncommon and along the KZN coast we mostly get Black Fin sharks in Summer &
    the Bronze Whalers Breaching in Winter. I have also spotted Great Whites doing
    a similar thing In the Transkei & Garden Route areas .

    usually related to feeding or being hooked by a fisherman.

    usually related to feeding or being hooked by a fisherman.


  6. Chickenbadger
    18 October, 2012 at 10:07 am · Reply

    After a session at Gassworks along the Atlantic Seaboard, I was chatting to a mate of mine who works as a marine biologist for the Aquarium at the Waterfront who happens to surf too. He mainly works with the predators. He mentioned that he regularly dives along the atlantic seaboard for work and regularly spots predators very close to famous surf spots, we are afterall in their territory. This freaked the cheese out of me (Gassworks ur pretty much sitting on a cliff into the abyss). After all, we must not forget that Clifton Second Beach (affectionately known as Cherries Rock) used to be a hammer head breading ground in the ’70s. Food for thought.

    • Spyglass783
      21 October, 2012 at 3:56 pm · Reply

      Hey brah, i grew up in Clifton, lived there from 1964 till 1980 and i can tell you there were no hammers there…White sharks , yes.
      i was on the beach the day an attack happened. There was also a fatal attack a few years before my time. But hammerheads…no way.
      Kudos for surfing gasworks though…not for the faint harted.

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