Dead wildlife safari on Cape Towns beaches.


Every time I take a walk on the beach in Cape Town, I am always amazed at the amount of, for lack of a better word, Biomass. The sheer quantity of ex-seafood that gets washed up makes you think just how rich and bountiful our coastline still is.

For example, in an hour we collected 100 shy shark egg casings (mermaids purses). We also met a guy who collects sharks teeth. He is there just about every evening and claims the blackened teeth are petrified. I can’t imagine what a 2” Great White fang has to be scared of, but after searching his secret patch for a few minutes we found 2!!. Very impressed.

Big bay

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The fact that the teeth are very old is a bit of a comfort as I spend quite a bit of time in the sea and always assumed the water was too cold for the fat ones. I can only assume that there is some kind of channel that washes the teeth in from quite a way out.

Big bay is a great stop for beachcombing. It tends to get a bit windy in summer (40km gusting 60Km), but has incredible views of table mountain and the sunset if the sand hasn’t pitted your corneas too badly. Big bay is also home to the “Blue Peter” Hotel/Restaurant/Bar which is a regular of mine and I will review it soon.