Dusky shark and baby found in Western Australia seas
Dusky Shark

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) once said “What signifies knowing the names, if you know not the natures of things”. In reading and researching sharks for this blog I have come to understand not all of the species are dangerous and some are actually at huge risk of disappearing because of us, the Homo sapiens species.  Of the most dangerous in W.A. waters it is the Dusky Shark. Now another old saying is “Don’t reinvent the wheel”  so I am not doing to write or copy reams about this sharks but point you to the websites with in my opinion the best info. So follow the links to upgrade your knowledge, for dusky sharks go here .

Another of the most feared of our sharks is the Whites including the great white. They are known to be aggressive and attack with little or no provocation. Whites are often the star of action/horror movies – who could forget Jaws – The Movie?  I couldn’t swim in the sea for a month after watching that, unfortunately the kids found it hilarious when I let them watch it, so much for introducing caution.  I debated about this link but decided in the end to add it as it gives a perspective that doesn’t deny the danger they pose but asks you to look to how we the people create some of the incidents in which they are involved with our thoughtlessness, greed and ignorance. Happy reading…

Great White shark the predator of the seas
Great White Shark



Attacks or Encounters – Tech aids information

Surfing the waves on beaches in western Australia

Just this week there has been an incident of a surfer getting bitten. Pro surfer Ryan Hunt was dusk surfing when he accidently trod on the sharks head, as you can guess the shark was not overly happy about that and attacked. Ryan was lucky to get away with a bitten foot. Not nice but at least he is alive. Of course the 20yr old has joked about it and said he will be back surfing as soon as possible. While I admire his bravery I do wish these boys were just a little less macho and more sensible and send a message out to their followers (like my boys) that it is dangerous out there.  All they can see is he battled the shark and won.

Now Western Australia seems to have got on board re the danger and have information that is available to everyone. They have a Twitter account that keeps you up to date on shark sightings – both boys have Twitter most kids do so come on put this on, a glance might just save you going to the wrong beach and catching the wrong wave. I know you use it to let all your mates know about good waves, here is another use. For me Shark Smart says it all. Come on boys this is as good as advice from your dad.

Sharks in the waves, surfers beware!
Sharks in the wave.