Looks like a bull shark or two are cruising up and down the coast, taking chunks out of people. A few days ago, a shark took a bite out of someone’s arm a little south of here. Yesterday, at Redhead beach (a spit from here) a bull shark rose from the deep and gnawed deep into a surfer’s thigh and torso. It also munched on his surfboard for a bit of desert. Bleeding heavily, the surfie called for help and a mate came to his aid (that takes guts) and helped him to shore. Grey from loss of blood, he was rushed to hospital and is now stable. But that raises a question: do I go to the beach today, especially since the weather is glorious? Yesterday the beaches were closed, but today they are open again, despite a few extra shark sightings. Is the same shark meandering about, has it called on its mates to join in, or are my chances of becoming shark bait the same as ever?
Probably not a bad idea to ask what surfies think?
Those that surf need to respect the reality that it is their landscape, it is their environment and we are mere custodians of their water and their living. So if we do get eaten or we do get bitten we can’t cry foul.
Update: exponential growth in shark numbers, especially white-pointers, along my beaches. Says the local aerial shark spotter:
Now it’s becoming exponential and I think the ones that have been bred have been breeding and they’ve been breeding. So we’re getting a lot more of them that’s the case.