liz's photo of Durban

Snake Park

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Spot Location: South Africa > South Africa > Durban

Date Taken: 15th April 2011. 10432 page views since 15th April 2011.

Swell Rating Primary Swell Secondary Swell Wind (+ Gusts) Weather
7.5ft 13s 96.02° 4.5ft 7s   13 19 mph Sunny 71°f
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Potjiekos Apr 19, 2011 Rating: 0

Btw Liz that's an awesome shot

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doobie mcshitlips Apr 19, 2011 Rating: -1

dont bend knees.. it attracts sharks

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Carcharias Apr 19, 2011 Rating: 0

Nice to see the name endures as I thought the snakes moved out ages ago. Still great place along with the Bay and Dairies.

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Juan De Meyer Apr 19, 2011 Rating: 0

3 more days and i will be home. Missing the snakepark.....

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Baboon Barrels Apr 20, 2011 Rating: 0

Flying home tomorrow! woohoo! forecast doesn't look too good though?? Just to get back into the boardies after this long UK winter will be epic!!

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andsowedrifttogether Apr 18, 2011 Rating: -1

worth the shark attack percentage

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Potjiekos May 5, 2011 Rating: 0

Love the first article! The numbers speak for themselves! But oh kak a white shark attack INSIDE the nets?? I don't know whether that makes me feel less kakskrik of surfing "unprotected" spots or just more kak skrik in general!

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Coelacanth Apr 30, 2011 Rating: 0

Shark Nets in SA (& Australia)(1)Pro...http://www.websitebrothers.co.za/shark/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=37&Itemid=58...(2)Anti...http://www.sharksavers.org/en/blogs/394-the-truth-about-shark-nets-in-south-africa.html

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Potjiekos Apr 21, 2011 Rating: 0

Swell's got a lot of south in it so it'll most likely miss Durban bay, only the South or North coast will be cooking, or even Bluff (for all intents and purposes in this page, the non-netted beaches ; )

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Freestyling Apr 20, 2011 Rating: 0

No problem, I don't fish often so wasn't concerned about the catch. Would've made a good few kgs of seared tuna though :) Good swell coming this weekend, pity I'm going to miss it, being in Cape Town

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Potjiekos Apr 20, 2011 Rating: 0

Great to hear nature prevails... sorry about your catch though! I knew there was still good reason to feel paranoid about Johnnies when I'm surfing before sunrise in these dark winter mornings...

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andsowedrifttogether Apr 20, 2011 Rating: 0

should've said "worth my fear of south african shark populations". sorry to cause a big stink.

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Matt Jacques Apr 19, 2011 Rating: 0

just to add, went to the sharks board with the rugby team on tour and they said somethin like the sharks don't like the enclosed space of the nets and tend to stay out..

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Freestyling Apr 19, 2011 Rating: 1

Hey Potjiekos I've also been surfing around Durban for 30 years and agree with you on the nets being destructive and indiscriminately trapping and killing all manner of sealife. In fact another interesting statistic being that more sharks are caught on the beach side of the nets than on the ocean side (although I do not have a reference for this I understand this is applicable globally). BUT there are definitely Sharks around Durban, Fishing just off Durban you can lose up to 9 out of 10 fish that you catch to sharks before you get them to the boat. My most recent was a decent size yellowfin tuna lost within 60 seconds, all we managed to land that day was a yellowfin and a bonito out of about 6 fish. One was taken and just headed directly out to sea, nothing we could do would get it to change direction at all until we eventually had to cut the line. That was about 500m out in line with the Umhlanga pier. I dont agree with the nets but believe me, the Sharks are there

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Potjiekos Apr 19, 2011 Rating: 1

ya whatever guys the sharks board does a number of dissections every week (how many is that in a year??) and the fishing in durban is crap by comparison to unspoiled areas. Control feeding patterns? Barrier to prevent access to surfers and swimmers? "Research"? More like culling apex predators and screwing up the ocean. Can you say "bycatch"?? I surf Durbs daily and yes I do feel a lot safer there compared to Nahoon or Cape Town, because there's no friggin sharks left in Durban! Attacks on surfers and swimmers happen and that's the chance we take for going into the blue wilderness. Much like trotting around in the Kruger and getting nailed by a predator there. That's no reason to kill them. Shit man I feel strongly about this because I've dived with zambezis and they are really awesome fearless creatures and must be respected, not culled. Anybody who can show me shark nets DON'T have an adverse effect on marine life, let me know.

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Papa Chambo Apr 19, 2011 Rating: 0

Shark nets are designed to strategically affect feeding patterns in protected areas, not physically fence them off.

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kernowbysvyken Apr 19, 2011 Rating: 0

A while back I surfed Durban and KZN for a bit, no issues with sharks at all. The first session I had without nets was in the Transkeii and there was a decent sized shark. Not fun when you're the only sponger. Whether then nets touch the bottom or not, they work.

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markdbn Apr 19, 2011 Rating: 0

Still, Durban hasn't had a fatal shark attack in forever. And something like one or two serious attacks at protected beaches along the KZN coast in the last 30+ years.

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Shorey Apr 19, 2011 Rating: 0

Shark nets in fact do very little other than to give sea users a false sense of security. The nets dont go all the way to the bottom and have huge gaps between them.

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Toasted! Apr 19, 2011 Rating: 0

Durban has shark nets! No worries.

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sdfjkljklsh Apr 18, 2011 Rating: 0

sharks? i'd be more worried about the snakes.

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DoAPooAndGambole Apr 18, 2011 Rating: 1

one eye on the prize, one on that pier

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Coelacanth Apr 18, 2011 Rating: 0

Hmmmmmmmmm. Something's fishy here.:^[

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Danamite Apr 18, 2011 Rating: 3

Thats 4 eyes! Don't know about you guy but I only have 3.



And another eye on that babe on the beach that just so happens to be my wife!

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Cornish-Surfer Apr 18, 2011 Rating: 1

and the other on the fin which is stalking you.