Paddle Out for Sharks with surfing legend Heather Clark this weekend

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The annual Paddle Out for Sharks event will be held at Sonny Evans Small Craft Harbour in Shelly Beach on Saturday at 7am.

African Dive Adventures and Must Byt Fishing Charters invite all ocean lovers and the general public to join them and celebrate your love for the ocean, whilst simultaneously supporting shark conservation.

The local event will once again be led by legendary surfer Heather Clark (pictured). Surfers, boats and jet-skis are all welcome.

Paddle Out for Sharks started in 2012 after several sharks were killed in nets along the KwaZulu-Natal coastline (a few such incidents have occurred on the South Coast).

The diving and marine conservation communities converged to protest against the nets in support of shark conservation.

This tradition has continued every year with more voices calling for protection of sharks, an animal which forms a crucial part of the oceanic ecosystem.

Free places on some boats are available, but booking must be made in advance with Carrie on 061 284 2710 .

A Paddle Out for Sharks event will also be held as part of Shark Weekend at Scottburgh from 8 to 10 June.

Shark Weekend has a number of interactive activities planned suited to the whole family. The full programme starts at Scottburgh Beach at 3pm on Friday with a ‘Healthy Ocean’s Talk’ and beach clean-up.

The Paddle Out for Sharks ceremony will be held at Scottburgh Beach and Backline on Saturday from 8am. There will be a number of beachside activities including a treasure hunt, sand shark art, snorkelling lessons, as well as adaptive surfing demonstrations and surfing competitions.

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