Shark news, Australia

From The Guardian: Australian snorkeller snatched by shark

…The attack on Guest was the second by sharks in Australia this year. A 16-year-old surfer, Peter Edmonds, died after being attacked by a shark near Byron bay, on the New South Wales coast, in April.

On average there are 15 shark attacks a year in Australia, with about one death each year. Swimmers are more likely to die of a lightning strike than be taken by a great white shark.

Yesterday Daniel Guest recalled how his father had spoken of the risks of sharks and how he had “loved and respected the ocean environment.”

Brian Guest wrote on the Western Angler website forum in 2004: “I have always had an understanding with my wife that if a shark or ocean accident caused my death then so be it, at least it was doing what I wanted. Every surfer, fisherman and diver has far more chance of being killed by bees, drunk drivers, teenage car thieves and lightning. Every death is a tragedy – regardless of the cause – but we have no greater claim to use of this earth than any of the other creatures [we] share it with.”…

Full story here.

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One Response

  1. I surfed Byron Bay for several months a couple years ago. It’s a beautiful, but shark ridden place. I remember seeing some pretty large dark shapes moving around under me when I was out on the water. Other times, I remember looking down off the head into the water around the break to see sharks swimming near the surfers.
    The water in NSW is much clearer than it is here. The real question is how many great whites are lurking around underneath our toes? I guess we’ll never know… until it’s too late!!!

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