June 24, 2003

Natal Shark Board

After a dive in the morning where visibility was typically toilet-like, I went to the Natal Shark Board in the early afternoon. The NSB is recognised internationally as an expert on shark attack prevention and their crews face rough and often treacherous seas every morning just after sunrise to check the shark nets for entangled marine life. All sharks found alive in the nets are tagged and released.

The NSB is located in Umhlanga Rocks close to the Gateway shopping centre (the kind of mall where you need a GPS to avoid getting lost), this is barely 40km north of Durban on the N2.

I went there to see a movie on shark (albeit basic) and follow a dissection. I was a bit disappointed as I expected something a bit more scientific but it was interesting anyway. It was especially interesting to see what a shark stomach can contains: huge unopened tin can of spanish corned beef, duiker (tiny antelope) skull, rabbit skull, coal, plastic bottle, human femur, turkey feet, etc...

I don't know about you but I'm unsure about how a duiker, rabbit or turkey ended up here... and basically this kind of content was recorded as far as 1978.

Posted by stephane at June 24, 2003 03:52 PM