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Sharks??« on: March 13 2007 18:03:00 »
Wanna move to Australia, but need to know about the frequency of shark encounters, what's the deally?
RE: Sharks??« Reply #1 on: March 14 2007 07:03:00 »
Depends where u go really.
Some spots are very suss such as Esperance and certain spots in South Australia aint the best but even in these places attacks are fairly rare.
Overall just use common sense and talk to the locals, don't surf near seal colonies, near deep dropoffs or by yourself at dawn or dusk or on overcast dayz and I think you will be very safe.
In my opinion its really not a problem at all - so many people in the water all around the Australian coast and very very few attacks.
RE: Sharks??« Reply #2 on: March 14 2007 13:03:00 »
Thanks Jebba, that's good info. Common sense but usefull
RE: Sharks??« Reply #3 on: March 16 2007 01:03:00 »
I had a fair few encounters / about 10.
It seems lately i've read, most attacks happen after one been like hassleing for a few days before hand.
Like hiting guys off boards etc.
I find it really bizzare more women don't get attacked case I reckon a few of them must surf when they have their periods.
( I'd feel mainly the pros to get in more surf time ? )
Interrested to know where you are from.
RE: Sharks??« Reply #4 on: May 01 2007 21:05:00 »
i've seen a few out in the ocean...even when i have my period...but they dont come near cos they see ym ugly face
thats the best way to keep the sharks clear...just dont look hot aight
RE: Sharks??« Reply #5 on: May 02 2007 16:05:00 »
I had a big one come right at me once at Broken Head in a wave. I just sat on my board had my arms folded and looked at it straight in the eyes. It looked real embarresed and took off. ( I read it somewhere they don't like to be looked at)
I've just read a sailing book and some of the stories are real freaky. In the war times when the big ships used to go down guys used to get picked off heaps. It's the Mullet travelling season here on the far north coast and Qld and a lot of big ones get into following and feeding. I never used to get freaked out about them, but it isn't now ! Aloha
RE: Sharks??« Reply #6 on: May 04 2007 04:05:00 »
Plenty of other posts on this topic check em out
RE: Sharks??« Reply #7 on: May 04 2007 04:05:00 »
Just wave your foot at them, that'll scare them off every time. Don't forget to splash a lot when you do.
RE: Sharks??« Reply #8 on: May 20 2007 00:05:00 »
thanks OZ. i live near the beach and like to go surfing pretty much every day, and i've never actually seen a shark in the past four years of living here, but its good to find advice on what to do if you do encounter one. I've heard they either thiink your a seal in your wetsuit or they think your a turtle wen youre lying on your board. Maybe ill just stay in the shallows cos i like to wear my wettie
RE: Sharks??« Reply #9 on: May 23 2007 16:05:00 »
I think you should go on your on feelings. Sometimes I haven't been frightened of them at all and just keep surfing.
I'm fascinated how the Hawaiins think they are Gods.
At times i've had such intense fear of them when surfing remote spots and channeled my fear into my surfing. It's incrediable to convert the adreline and put it into the surfing.
( It makes one feel so alive) It's serious stuff though like jumping off a cliff wi th hangliding.