False Bay’s Ocean Critters

False bay is a body of water defined by Cape Hangklip derived from the Dutch for Hanging-rock and the Cape Peninsula in the extreme south-west of South Africa, False Bay is enclosed by mountainous terrain and urban structure.

There is a small island in the bay called Seal Island, which is one of the main breeding sites for the Cape fur seal. The seals attract many great white sharks and some of the biggest sharks ever seen have been spotted in these waters. These sharks are famous for the manner in which they breach the surface of the water while attacking seals, sometimes jumping entirely out of the ocean.

When you see a dorsal fin, we associate it with a deadly killing machine. There are many sharks in the ocean big and small ones, let’s have a look at the different species of shark the False bay ocean has.

Lesser guitarfish shark


Tiger cat shark

Puff adder Shy shark



Pyjama shark



Hound shark



Spotted gully shark



Sevengill Cow shark

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Great White shark



Shortfin Mako shark


Spotted Ragged tooth shark



Thresher Shark


St Joseph Shark


 Bronze Whaler shark


Dusky shark


Sandbar shark





Sharks like people can be grouped into families, and have been around for millions of years. Shark fossils have been found and date back as far as 44 million years ago, this would place them on Earth during the same period as dinosaurs. So it is safe to say they have evolved over the years and adapted to the different conditions with which they were surrounded. Some sharks swim fast some swim slow some feed on the bottom some feed on the top, sharks are fascinating creatures a pool of untapped knowledge. Studied for years, yet still very little is known of sharks all we’ve seen is the alarming killing machine depiction by Hollywood. Sharks have survived many changes in the environment and the weather, the only thing they may not survive is humans. We kill what we do not understand this is evident throughout history, hopefully with time we will come to understand that these are not monsters, but creatures like you and I roaming the oceans for food and companionship. Now we can identify sharks in the False bay ocean.