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Richard Peirce


Richard Peirce

At the end of January 2016 the small town of Gansbaai in South Africa's Western Cape was in panic. The income from Great White shark tourism makes up a large part of Gansbaai's economy and the sharks had disappeared. The last shark was seen on January 5 and they did not reappear until February 13. What caused the sudden 39 day disappearance of the shark was a mystery, and remains so to this day.

When the sharks returned, the cage diving operators, their employees, hotels, B & B's, restaurants, shops and others breathed a huge collective sigh of relief. At the time of writing (one year later) there are again plenty of sharks and plenty of tourists. However for some people nagging questions remain; what if the sharks disappear again, what if they are gone for longer next time, and why did they leave last time..?

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