Natal Sharks Board - Explore South Africa
No, we're not referring to the popular Super 14 and provincial rugby team based in Durban! The Natal Sharks Board, also based in Durban, is a service organisation that protects beach users in KwaZulu-Natal against shark attacks. Not only does it protect the beach users, but the sharks too, making it the only organisation of its kind in the world. The Natal Sharks Board protects people and sharks along 320km of coastline on South Africa’s East Coast, making it a paradise for bathers and surfers. The NSB has over 40 years of experience in prevention of shark attacks and research on sharks.
Natal Sharks Board has a large auditorium and display area for a visual show, shark dissections (not to be missed!) and static displays.
This programme is aimed at educating school children and the general public about safe swimming practices as well as the biology and ecology of sharks. An exciting, entertaining and educational experience! The audio-visual programme, capturing the drama of the ocean and vigour of the NSB staff as they carry out their daily servicing of the nets, is spectacular, providing information of the sensory biology of sharks and their role as top predators in the marine food chain. You are afforded the opportunity to watch a shark analysis and see and smell the internal machinery of one of the ocean’s most tremendous predators.
The Natal Sharks Board supports and promotes the conservation of sharks. Its staff act as consultants throughout the world and are willing to advise anyone with a shark attack problem.
Durban is a preferred holiday destination on the African continent because of the 100kms of pristine beach. It also has Blue Flag status, which not only means the beaches are beautiful, clean and crystal clear with good facilities, but that the beaches are safe. Nets are services about 20 times per month by the 170 staff members of the Natal Sharks Board, most of who put to sea on 15 boats to service the equipment. The other members of staff are engaged in research, administration, public relations, storekeeping and maintenance.
The Natal Sharks Board was formed in 1964 to protect beach users against shark attacks, it also conducts valuable research. This body is responsible for determining and approving the extent and layout of any scheme of shark control and to keep South Africa’s East Coast safe. Put it on your to-do list and make a plan to get there! This is something you do not want to miss!