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Blue Ring Sting
10/11/2013, 12:38 PM
Hi all

Today was a sad day for divers,snorkellers, surfers and general beach users. A swimmer was attacked in Jeffreys Bay by a shark. Unconfirmed what sort of shark it was but we all have a pretty good idea.

http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Fatal-shark-attack-at-Jeffreys-Bay-20131011

gone fishin
10/11/2013, 12:54 PM
Wow that is horrible.

Blue Ring Sting
10/11/2013, 12:55 PM
Yeah. Great whites are responsible for a large number of attacks on South Africas coasts.

gone fishin
10/11/2013, 01:00 PM
Are there many attacks in that area?

Blue Ring Sting
10/11/2013, 01:31 PM
In South Africa there are some attacks, not too many though. In certain points we have shark watchers and sirens go off when a shark is spotted in certain bays. Everybody then needs to leave the water. We have a great white problem. They tend to pop up alot of the time. In Gaansbaai they chum the water so much, the sharks are blood thirsty.

Benar
10/11/2013, 01:34 PM
J Bay is pretty renowned for its shark activities. So unfortunate and condolences to the family.

Blue Ring Sting
10/11/2013, 01:39 PM
Its so sad but yet its a constant danger when getting into waters like False Bay, Jeffreys Bay, etc.

ace_92101
10/11/2013, 02:00 PM
Indeed, sad to see. Thoughts and prayers to the family and friends.

r-balljunkie
10/12/2013, 04:46 PM
he was probably wearing a full black wetsuit / fins...looked like a lame seal on the surface.
i wonder why more wetsuit / fin manufacturers dont put more research into offering suits that break up the profile to look less like dinner.

Blue Ring Sting
10/12/2013, 07:12 PM
I dont know what he was wearing but I see a company in Australia is now manafacturing wet suits that are light blue and black and white. Light blue is to keep make you seem invisibile in the water and black and white is too make you look like a venomous animal. But i agree they need to.

blackthunda77
10/17/2013, 02:51 PM
http://www.wired.com/design/2013/08/wetsuits-that-use-science-to-deter-shark-attacks/

Saltliquid
10/25/2013, 06:20 AM
http://www.wired.com/design/2013/08/wetsuits-that-use-science-to-deter-shark-attacks/

Cool link!
You are very right, in the eighties the testing showed conclusively that whites and tigers are attracted to dark wetsuits because they are similar to seals colouration and actually repelled by the ones that were made similar to banded sea snake patterns.
On average most manufacturers don’t give a rats; the dark colours don’t show marks as quick and it is far cheaper to make a wet suit with less colour changes.
I get my wetsuits made with extensive colour changes and buy fins with two tones at least, have done for many years!

Mattewell
10/25/2013, 08:12 AM
We have a great white problem.

Why are they a problem? When humans enter "their world", we are taking a risk. The sharks aren't the problem. It's statements like that that get less educated people the idea to go kill them to rid us of the "problem".

I'm not saying don't go swimming, but if your swimming off the coast of south africa, understand the risk and be willing to take that gamble.

Blue Ring Sting
11/10/2013, 05:46 AM
My apologies on the statement. After reading now it sounds very primitive. Considering the amount of attacks we have had and the amount of great whites we have in our waters the ratio isn't bad at all. We do understand that there are sharks in our waters and as you can see in the video, the shark didn't bother the divers.

Here is a great white spotted a few weeks back at one of our common dive spots.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_h-3q9zm20

Blue Ring Sting
11/15/2013, 09:21 AM
16 Great Whites spotted in False Bay.

http://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/western-cape/shark-threat-closes-false-bay-beaches-1.1607014#.UoZIGfnIsoY