Saturday, July 14, 2012

Rushing Shark River

With all the rain about I wasn't surprised to notice that even the Shark River in Happy Valley was flowing with a bit of force.  And to think that this little stream once used to be one of early Port Elizabeth's main water supplies.  The Shark River never really mouthed out into the ocean but sank away into the sand at Humewood Beach.  The Dutch referred to it as “sak weg” (“sinking away”) but the English misunderstood the word and it became "shark" hence Shark River.