Shark Shields for your protections

Now that the Australian government has put an end to the practice of culling, it is time for people to come up with alternative strategies to keep themselves protected from sharks when they are swimming, diving or surfing. For those of you who do surf, Shark Shield is probably the best option.

Shark Shield is a device that will go on your surf board. It will help repel the shark from your surfboard, and you, so that you can remain safe. Sharks have these gel-filled sacs in their snout. These sacs are called Ampullae of Lorenzini. They use these to hunt, by tracking down the electric current every living body naturally gives out. The Shark Shield will produce an electric current to- but one that will cause the shark to feel a high level of discomfort, spasms and trauma. This discomfort will dissuade the shark from approaching the body emitting the currents.

Shark Shield for Protection

Of course, even the Shark Shield cannot assure 100% protection from sharks when you are out in the open. You would still have to exercise other cautionary measures- try not to wear bright clothes while in the open sea, try staying near the coast as much as you can, and try not going on oceanic adventures all alone.

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Questioning my anxieties

 

An anxiety spiral is managed not curedI am so tired of getting stressed out every time the boys go surfing. I know they and their dad are getting pretty fed up with me as well. It has begun to spoil my relationship with them. I have been looking for things to do to try and change the situation. For past couple of months I have focused on the sharks but today’s post is about me. I have been researching my fear.

Selachophobia is shark phobia, I do not think I am actually phobic but I am well on my way.  Everytime the boys say they are having a surfing weekend, I can feel this sense of panic I get sweaty and agitated and I can’t seem to think of anything else. I know the boys are capable and aware, their instructor is one of the best and is not some young idiot. Its me, the whole time they are away I am worrying and constantly calling the mobiles to the point they turn them off.  I decided I needed to do something and that something is cognitive therapy. This is a therapy that assists in changing the way you feel by changing the way you think about a situation.  I like that it is goal orientated and focussed and that it will give me back some measure of self control. I have been for two sessions now and am starting to understand the anxiety spiral I get into every time surfing is mentioned. At the moment I am working at stopping my anxiety spiral from accelerating. I am using some breathing techniques and a wristband technique and feel like I am gaining some perspective on the problem. The boys and hubby are coming to the next session with me. they have told me they are proud of me for tackling the problem.  I keep reminding them and myself that I am learning to manage it not cure it but if it lessens the rising tension in my home it will all be worth it.

Shark trailing behind unknowing surfer
For those of you who expected to see a shark on this blog: My biggest fear.

 

Sharks

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.