Thursday, 17 March 2011
Shark attack at Nelson Bay blows the dawn and dusk theory out of the water
I swam in Sydney Harbour last week with this comforting thought whooshing through my oh-so powerful arms and legs.
I now have to concede there are exceptions to the rule. At least one.
A great white shark yesterday mauled a 24-year-old woman after she fell off a wakeboard at Jimmy's Beach at Port Stephens on the NSW mid-north coast.
It has since been reported that the victim, Lisa Mondy, has had her left arm re-attached in a seven-hour operation.
The time of the attack wasn't dawn or dusk. It was LUNCH TIME - 1pm to be exact.
A local recreational fisherman told a news reporter that the ocean at this time of year is alive with baitfish, which attract sharks, and Jimmy's Beach is a known shark "hot spot".
He added that in the past five years he's noticed an increase in the number of sharks around Port Stephens. I'm talking about IN the water.
This is unnerving.
There could be valid reasons for the increase, but the following two are just me wildly speculating:
1. The water closer to the shore is cleaner because sewerage gets pumped further out.
2. The water is warmer than it used to be in the old days because of global warming?
Dunno. Don't care. I respect the shark, but I don't feel like a close encounter of any kind.