Protecting our Oceans - Two wonderful community projects you can visit
THE SAVE OUR SEAS Foundation, based in Switzerland, is dedicated to protecting ocean life, in particular sharks and rays. They fund projects worldwide with four permanent centres in various countries, including one in our very own Kalk Bay.
The Save Our Seas Foundation Shark Education Centre is open to the public from 14h00-16h00 and entrance is free. Kids will love the touch pool, along with interactive exhibits, informative displays and a small aquarium. They also run school holiday programmes and camps at a very affordable cost. Their main aim is to provide free ocean awareness education to all schoolchildren and they pay for transport to bring a number of disadvantaged schools to the centre. They also work with two schools in Muizenberg and Vrygrond teaching selected participants to surf and snorkel. This gets them more comfortable with the sea while they learn to appreciate, enjoy and find wonder in the ocean.
Another beneficiary of the Save Our Seas Foundation are the Shark Spotters who have a number of stations in False Bay. They employ shark spotters from previously disadvantaged communities who go through extensive training to learn how to detect sharks in different weather conditions and differentiate between them and other marine species. If a shark is seen by the mountain spotter, they inform a beach spotter who sets off a siren and raises a white flag, signalling that bathers and surfers should leave the water.
Both of these organisations provide a wonderful service to our community in keeping us safe and raising awareness about marine life. We encourage locals and visitors alike to support them in
any way they can.
Save Our Seas Opening times Monday – Thursday 14h00 – 16h00
28 Main Rd, Kalk Bay, Cape Town South Africa +27 (0)21 788 6694
Twitter: @sharkcentre | Facebook: Save Our Seas Shark Centre
Shark Spotters Info Centre: Surfers Corner, Beach Road, Muizenberg
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