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Shark cinema not the real thing - in the open air


Pictures of a bulky dead Great White shark on the back of a bakkie are doing the rounds on email with the area of interest line adage "Caught at Monwabisi and Strandfontein Beach yesterday" - but experts have dismissed it as a hoax.

The grim movies show the shark with a hook and trace still attached. Kalk Bay harbour master Pat Stacey says the movies act to have been taken in Australia.

He said it was effectively hopeless for a shark that size to be immovable and for it to be kept quiet. "Someone will continually tell us and the trek fishermen would also bang it. "

Stacey believes it was a big name cleanly demanding to cause a sensation. Everybody who killed a Great White faced 10 years in prison or a R50 000 fine.

Earlier, a vigilante group threatened to bait Great Whites with chickens stuffed with cracked glass and to shoot every shark in False Bay, after Tyna Webb, 77, was killed by a shark at Fish Hoek. But Mike Meyer of Nautical and Coastal Management believes it was just hysteria.

He said at least three associates had complete that the shark films had been taken years ago. "It's a hoax and just as well," he said. Meyer said Aquatic and Coastal Management had tried to track the basis of the email but it had been sent to so many ancestors that it was challenging to find where it started.

He wished ancestors would put the issue in perspective: "So few associates are killed by sharks compared to hippos and other wild animals, yet there is so much frenzy about a shark attack. "

And these weren't the first hoax cinema Meyer had seen.

"There is one that turns up every so often, of huge sharks near bathers off a beach in KwaZulu-Natal for the duration of a sardine run. But a big shot has just Photoshopped them in - we have the fundamental conceive of in which there are no sharks. "

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