‘The shark/human conflict – and a permanent eco-friendly solution’
We are delighted to host dynamic marine biologist and Mensa Winelands member Dr Sara Andreotti as our guest speaker on Thursday 23 January, when she will discuss the necessity for new solutions that will keep both sharks and humans safe.
Sharks are still amongst the most feared predators on our planet, since rare negative interactions between sharks and humans can be fatal for beach users – and this historical conflict and fear of sharks is still used to justify their cull, in countries such as South Africa and Australia, by deploying shark nets and drum lines.
Sara’s research has revealed that the great white shark population is far more endangered than was previously believed, and continues to decline, largely due to the impact of human interference; her concern for these marine creatures has placed her at the forefront of solving the problem with an eco-friendly solution which will ensure peaceful co-existence.
Sara gives credence to the adage of ‘dynamite coming in small packages’ – although she is short in stature, the impact she has made on the scientific community, both locally and globally, is huge, and her contribution to the research and conservation of great white sharks is immense.
She completed her PhD at Stellenbosch University in 2015 on white shark genetics and photographic identification, and continues to contribute to the University as a senior post-doctoral researcher in their Botany and Zoology Department.
Further information and venue details from the Winelands secretary, Yvonne Steyn.