Home' Scoop : Scoop 50 Summer 2009 Contents sightings" of sharks, spread far and wide along the coast, with the majority in
the Cockburn/Rockingham area in the south and in the Ocean Reef area in
Chris agrees with John that there are not more sharks; rather we are just
better equipped to see them. He points to anecdotal evidence that suggests
there are more shark sightings on overcast days when the sea is flat and glassy.
Regardless, Chris says the best way to protect yourself against a shark is to
swim between the flags in view of a lifesaver.
"Flags don't mean you are safe but it means there is an early warning
system," he says. "The golden rule, however, relating not only to sharks but
general safety, is don't swim alone. Water is dangerous. The public shouldn't
just think if a lifesaver is around they are safe, they need to realise there are
dangers and they need to be aware."
People should be far more concerned about swimming in rips and danger-
ous conditions than worried about what lurks beneath, Chris says, "because
their chance of being attacked by a shark is the same as them winning Lotto".
Sydney shark attack survivor Glen Orgias may well have wished he had
won Lotto instead. Still, it only took him four months before he ventured
back to Bondi with his surfboard.
"I have to admit to a few nerves and fear before I went in," he told a
journalist. "But as we got down to the beach and went through the process
of getting into a wetsuit and talking about the waves I started to get excited
about it and felt happy to be back there. As soon as I was surfing in the water
I felt fine, it was fantastic."
Now an Australian Red Cross Blood Service ambassador, Glen bears no
grudge against sharks and says he was simply unlucky.
"It was a freak accident. Humans aren't its normal food source, and the one
that bit me knew that it got it wrong straight away and let go," he reportedly said.
"I knew the risk I was taking when I went out," he said, "and I accepted that."
The family of victim Brian Guest also spoke out against killing the shark
that took their father. They took some consolation from the fact he died in the
one place he lived for.
"He was doing something he enjoyed," Daniel Guest told The West Austral-
ian in April this year.
"That brings a lot of happiness to us, in that he was happy when
it happened." sm
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