Warmer Atlantic attracts unusual species

15 January 2021 | Fishing

STAFF REPORTER

WALVIS BAY



Due to the particularly warm temperatures of the Atlantic Ocean off Namibia's coast (a balmy 24°C at the Mole on Tuesday) many more swimmers are seen in the water every day. However, along with the warmer temperatures, some fish and shark species that are not usually found off the Namibian coast have been caught, including two small hammerheads that were caught by a ski boat and by a kayak. “It was very unusual,” said kayak angler Stephan Calitz. He caught the shark at Mile 7, about 500 metres from the beach, using sardine as bait. The shark was about 1.5 metres in length.

In another instance, ski boat fishermen claim to have had an unusual encounter about 1 500 metres from the beach at Vierklantklip, saying they saw a large hammerhead shark, a blue marlin and eight orcas.

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