The normal life in Australia: beach, sun and … sharks!
This year winter was longer than normal and I just could not wait for the first official beach day! Finally! Here it was! I was so ready for it!
I literally just went into the water when a helicopter showed up and hovered pretty low above us. At first, I was confused. What was going on? What I didn’t know was that there was a reported shark sighting and the chopper was scanning the area underneath. “Sharks!”. one of the guys was shouting from the beach!
A wake up call: Be prepared for a beach day!
Ok today a lot went wrong from my site and this was a LIFETIME lesson learned. I still need to remind myself that I am now living in Australia and there are some things you have to be aware of. Certainly we have to consider all the wildlife around us!
How to protect yourself:
Use SharkSmart: This is basically a website that definitely you should check out before going to your desired beach destination. You might think about an alternative spot when you read that there was a shark sighting earlier on. So whether you are a traveller or you live in Perth, make sure to save this website on your phone or even easier, just download the app.
IMPORTANT: If you ever see a shark please do report it. Also if you are not 100% sure if it was actually a shark that you just saw, still call them up and let them know. This can save someone’s life that is for sure.
Today we were lucky because people did report so please take part in this shared.
Report shark sightings to the Water Police on: 9442 8600
We are lucky to have some SharkBandz now always on us (after the recent fatal shark attacks in Western Australia we discovered this new protective bands and I don’t go swimming anymore without them!).
When I am stand up paddling further out in the ocean I am always scared about what could be beneath me? Since I have this little accessory it calms me down and lets me actually enjoy my beach day.
The Manufactures notes read:
“This bands use magnetic technology to deter sharks from attacking people. … As the shark approaches a person wearing Sharkbanz, magnetic waves coming from the band disrupt its electro-receptors and it quickly turns away. The experience for the shark is, “like a person suddenly shining a very bright light in your eyes in a dark room, and it’s not pleasant”, according to Dr. Stroud. ” – SharkBandz
PLEASE CONSIDER: A lot of factors are involved and those bands may not work in deep open waters with a great white! So if you are ever in a situation like I was today. Do not stay in the water because you think you should be safe. It is your responsibility to look after your own safety and protect yourself and the shark with it
Why protect the shark?: If you heard the story from the last fatal shark attacks in Perth (Western Australia) you might also know that they actually hunt down the shark who attacked a surfer. I feel very sorry for what happened but it is not a solution to kill a shark at all! To me it feels like back in the child care. If you hurt me I hurt you.
At the end …
We have to educate ourselves in different ways.
- Check SharkSmart (also read over the SMART rules that are on that page)
- Add extra protection with new technology eg. SharkBandz or similar
- Complete a first aid training course
- Report it straight away if you spot a shark
As Dr. Neff said “We’re land animals — when we go in the water, everybody knows about it. The whole ecosystem responds. We need to recognise the ocean is this wild, dynamic ecosystem and when we enter into it, we’ve got to have a healthy respect for that environment.”
Please feel free to share this article if you know someone traveling in Australia and don’t forget to enjoy the beach! … Finally 🙂