Most of the popular bathing beaches in Kwazulu-Natal are protected by shark nets maintained by the KZN Sharks Board. Each day... More
KZN Sharks Board
Most of the popular bathing beaches in Kwazulu-Natal are protected by shark nets maintained by the KZN Sharks Board. Each day, crews on ski boats check the nets and collect any snared sharks. These are brought back to the institute, dissected and studied. There are regular one-hour tours which include a peek into the enormous freezer where the shark carcasses are stored, a shark dissection, and a fascinating audiovisual presentation. There is an interesting curio shop offering sharkskin leather goods and sharks teeth. Boat tours may also be arranged (USD 15). Some of these exhibits are not for the faint-hearted.
The centre educates young and old about sharks as creatures not to be feared but respected, the experience is educational and fun and a good way to get out of the heat of the beach and have a walk round. Shark dissections occur at intervals during the day performed on sharks caught in the nets out at sea which unfortunately died. It is a place for the whole family and I would recommend it to anyone!