Image Credit: Aly Ison

There was excitement at Fish Hoek beach in the Western Cape, South Africa, on Monday as a Bronze Whaler shark was caught in the fishing nets… and set free again!

Image Credit: Aly Ison

Aly Ison was there and captured these photos, and the video (watch below).

“This beautiful shark was caught in the trek fishermen nets on Monday. It was released safely,” Aly told SAPeople.

Image Credit: Aly Ison
Image Credit: Aly Ison
Image Credit: Aly Ison
Image Credit: Aly Ison

Capetonian Jennifer Bow said on Facebook: “I was there, it was amazing and so beautiful. We all clapped when they put him back, and he swam off.

“But by the sound of all the alarms on Tuesday afternoon , I think he’s still chasing the fish, lol.”

WATCH Bronze Whaler Shark caught in fishing nets in Fish Hoek, South Africa

Bronze Whaler shark caught in the FISHING nets and SET FREE AGAIN! Thanks Aly Ison for your videos. Monday 28 January 2019

Posted by Fish Hoek Beach on Monday, January 28, 2019

Fish Hoek is also currently the home to a southern elephant seal! While the seal is moulting, he’s settled in.

Animal Ocean founder Steve Benjamin said:

It is such an honour to have such a special visitor to False Bay.

The southern elephant seal that is resting on Fish Hoek beach is well known and fast becoming a true Capetonian. The seal, known as ‘Buffel’ to the researchers who tagged him, has caused a bit of intrigue to the local beachgoers.

I went down to see for myself and found Buffel happily resting in the dunes. I chatted to people in the area and it become clear that some info needed to be shared on the local community groups about this animal.

He asked beach visitors to please leave the seal alone while it moults, and NOT chase it back into the sea.

During the moulting period they do not eat. The process can take up to a month. It has no fear of humans or dogs. Its species does not ever encounter either and they have never developed a fear. It more likely sees us as big penguins.

Please enjoy seeing it, but keep you distance and do not disturb it.