The City of Cape Town has announced that a Shark Spotters mobile app has been launched in time for summer.
The app provides users with current information about shark risks and safety information, the City said.
"We believe the Shark Spotters app will be an essential beach safety and information tool for all water users in Cape Town during the upcoming beach season. This app will provide keen surfers and swimmers with specific information about their favourite beach spots even before they travel to them," Councillor Johan van der Merwe said in a statement.
So what information does the app provide?
The app will let users know if various flags are flying at different beaches, including the flags for poor spotting conditions, shark sightings, water temperature, lunar phase and whether the shark exclusion barrier in Fish Hoek has been deployed.
The app also has other interesting features such as weather conditions, marine wildlife activity (whales, dolphins, seals, etc), beach amenities and short videos.
The city added that there are also safety tips to try reduce shark encounters.