Orca Attacks Likely Causing Great White Sharks to Vanish Off Cape Town

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A government-appointed panel determined that attacks by killer whales are likely responsible for the disappearance of great white sharks from the waters off Cape Town. False Bay, which lies off Cape Town’s east coast, has long been famed for the presence of the two-ton sharks that can measure as long as five meters (16 feet). While sightings by shark spotters positioned near beaches averaged 205 from 2010 to 2016, there has now only been one confirmed sighting in over two years. While theories for their departure included climate change and over-fishing of their prey species, their disappearance also coincided with the arrival in False Bay of two killer whales, also known as orcas, who go by the names of Port and Starboard, who prey on the sharks, often eating only their livers. Orcas can weigh as much as 5.4 tons and measure eight meters. The “sharks panel has, amongst other things, noted with concern the disappearance of the white sharks from eco-tourism hotspots,” South Africa’s environment ministry said in a statement. It determined that it was likely “a result of recent orca occurrence and predation, rather than being related to the fishing activity of the demersal shark long-line fishery.” Shark-viewing from boats and submerged cages has been one of the attractions offered to Cape Town tourists. Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2TwO8Gm Bloomberg Quicktake brings you live global news and original shows spanning business, technology, politics and culture. Make sense of the stories changing your business and your world. To watch complete coverage on Bloomberg Quicktake 24/7, visit http://www.bloomberg.com/qt/live, or watch on Apple TV, Roku, Samsung Smart TV, Fire TV and Android TV on the Bloomberg app. Connect with us on… YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Bloomberg Breaking News on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/BloombergQuickTakeNews Twitter: https://twitter.com/quicktake Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/quicktake Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/quicktake

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