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Surfers: Cape Town to increase shark spotters

Updated: September 19, 2006, 6:19 PM ET
By Clare Nullis | Associated Press — Sept. 19. 2006

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — A South African shark-spotting program to warn surfers and swimmers about the approach of great whites is to be expanded, environmentalists have said, though they added the sharks have more to fear than humans.

In the only program of its kind in the world, South Africans are being trained as "spotters" who scour the ocean near popular beaches to sound the alert if they see one of the mighty predators. Many of those recruited are disadvantaged or homeless. ...

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