This years trip to Australia has been slightly tweaked towards the morbidity sector.
There has been the most consistent run of shark attacks for over 3 decades. I'm here surfing right where the attacks have taken place and there really isn't much you can do to avoid these encounters that seem to be happening more and more.
It's a fact now that these attacks are becoming more frequent. Bull sharks, great whites and tiger sharks are the three most common killers and the only logical precautions you can take to not get attacked are as follows.
Buy a reputable, scientifically proven anti shark device worn around your wrist. I've seen these online but never tried them (apparently they work) Avoid surfing early mornings or evenings, especially in areas where sharks get spotted. Avoid surfing around river mouths, especially after heavy rain fall, you don't want to be in murky waters. Don't surf with bait fish (for obvious reasons) Stay in the shallows as lots of attacks seem to happen slightly further out although shallow attacks can happen. Surf where sharks nets are being used. There are less attacks accruing on the Gold Coast of Australia where the nets are being used. Nets are not in operation around Byron Bay and Ballina where attacks are more frequent.
These are are just a few things from my experiences from visiting Australia but hardly reassuring. The sharks are always there and I guess if your chosen ... Your chosen.
Scientists are saying warmer waters are part if the problem, with sharks following the paths of the hump back whales down the warm channels, combined with the increasing numbers of humans entering the ocean, we are more likely to bump into them. Some say it's down to over fishing and dunking people into the ocean in cages, handing out the sharks fresh meat for a quick up close and personal photo. Things like that....
Which ever way you look at, the ocean is the sharks home town, where they belong and it's not right to just kill them. I'm sure the human race can come up with a more intelligent and humane way to deal with the increasing risk.