Keurbooms River, Plett, white shar
A white shark has been spotted in Keurbooms River, Plettenberg Bay. Photo: mapio.net

The NSRI and Bitou Municipality have appealed to residents and tourists in the area to exercise caution on the Keurbooms River and along the Plettenberg Bay coastline, due to shark activity. (Watch video below.)

It’s unusual to find a White Shark in the river, but there was a sighting on Wednesday evening (18 May) during NSRI Plettenberg Bay’s routine exercise.

Station commander Jaco Kruger said the duty crew “came across a White Shark “approximate length 3.5 meters, in the Keurbooms River, about 300 meters upstream of the Keurbooms River Mouth – about half way between the river mouth and the N2 bridge.”

He said it’s unusual, and that marine scientists – from the South African Shark Incident Committee – suspect that the shark may be ill or disorientated.


The warning is a precaution to alert the public of the presence of the shark in the Keurbooms River, and is a reminder that at this time of year sharks are known to feed in-shore along the coastline. The NSRI said increased shark activity has been noticed along the Plettenberg Bay coastline.

Caution is advised.

WATCH Shark video, Keurboomsrivier