Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by HC, Mar 22, 2013.
lol whilst I watched that video Jaws sound track was playing in my head lol
But seriously sharks are really getting closer and closer to shore, when we went down to the Western Cape in Dec we took a helicopter ride and it was amazing to see people swimming where the waves form and then just behind that there is a great white lurking around.
I just reminded myself that day that we are in the sharks territory when swimming in the ocean.
And this is why I no longer swim in the sea or surf! I have a very good imagination which gets the better of me
You have a better chance of getting hit by lighting!
...or bitten by a croc but that doesn't ease my mind.
After a near shark attack in Swartkops River in Blue Water Bay as a kid, I have not gone deeper than knee deep in the ocean since! I also make sure the water is crystal clear and that I have 360 view all around me!
Great respect for those beauties and the ocean!
Jp is right!!!
I surfed for 12 years as a kid and the closest i got to a shark was a gentle bump under my friends board about 4 years ago. ( size of shark was about 3 meter raggie) You get scared but you get over it.
They are placid yet volatile.
Just don't swim at dusk or dawn and leave them alone and they will leave you alone.
Jonathan is right.
Leave them alone an respect their territory. Do not crowd them.
When I was still diving I've been up close to a lot of raggies. They are fish eaters (Re: the ragged teeth) an they are not really interested in you, except when you get too close.
Great Whites and Hammer heads are a diiferent matter though.
They wont eat you if you dont do something stupid to them! But if it is jaws, then he will not see logic and you must shoot him with a rocket launcher!
This guy i knew was attacked by a great white at Nahoon beach in East London.
But he was stupid as it was sardine season and the flags were out to say they had spotted great whites in the water.
He was lucky to survive.
both great whites were estimated at 4m and up.
here is the video clip
Surfing Shark Attack with Two Great White Sharks (4.5 meters) - www.2besaved.com
I have swam, surfed and spear fished with sharks. Beautiful animals. Broke my board and busted both my knees trying to out run/surf a great white - took my board onto the rocks together away. Took me a month to get back into the water after that incident.
Cher, a bull will easily take you in knee deep water and if you see it, it's too late - you are not quick enough in knee deep water. Bulls are the only shark I do not trust. Sharks get very, very close to the shore - you would not believe.
On occasion when fishing for diamond rays on the mtunzini banks we have spotted a zambi in the trough behind us and often get 50kg+ diamonds taxed in waste deep water infron of you.
We went fishing in Namibia when I was about 18. Only catching from the shoreline so we would walk into the water about knee deep to cast a little further.
Every once in a while the water would go murky/muddy and not long after you would see shark fins pop up. It was a little of shore but still in swimming distance.
Well I was standing on the shore looking into the ocean and to my surprise, in the last wave that was about to break and wash out on shore swam a damn big shark. Was the last time a went knee deep into that water.
the biggest shark killer is the bull shark, and they tend to hang around between rivers (they like murky rivers) and the sea.
i would say that the most hectic killer down under is the Irukandji jellyfish, it is tiny and 1 is enough to kill 300 people,
read the warning signs before entering the water
if you are looking for insanely beautiful waters to swim in in s.a , try sodwana, there is more water life there than anywhere else i have seen in south africa
They dont bother people that much. Theyre animals and the further we encroach on their environment the more we will come into contact. If someone came into your house and speared your relatives you would beat the sh*t out of them.
St Lucia and Sodwana is so awesome.. we used to go twice a year when we were young
my ex-girlfriend was eaten by a croc in st.lucia in 2000, since then they have put up signs.
what a beautiful person she was, she would light up the any room with her smile
oh no man..sorry to hear.. was she swimming in the lake?
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