Shark Takes Bite Out Of Paddler's Surfski

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5 years 5 months ago #27716 by rubberDuck
One lucky paddler. Bit just behind the bucket.

Seems Plett's sharks have an appetite for surfskis.

www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/shark-ta...rs-surf-ski-20161219

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5 years 5 months ago #27717 by MCImes
Glad they all made it out alright! Lucky he was with a group to get him back to shore and the shark only got a mouth full of fiberglass. Hopefully the bad taste and itchy mouth deter the shark form another attempt on a ski =)

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5 years 5 months ago #27718 by Uffilation
hmm, shark edition = skis with (more) bulkheads in those regions

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5 years 5 months ago #27724 by photofr
There are probably numerous lessons we should take from this incident. In theory, this should also be a learning experience for sharks too.

Sharks
Pretty simple: I hope they share the buzz, and let other sharks know that surfskis taste like crap, not worth the energy or the bad taste it leaves them with.

Humans
Paddling in a group can have another advantage, and staying grouped clearly has many advantages.

One scary fact is that in the (exactly 30 years now) that I have been paddling skis, I have only heard of half a dozen incidents where sharks have take a piece out of a ski or one-man outriggers - 1/2 a dozen in the last 3 years!!! That's a clear indication that something is changing, and while many have theories on those changes, I believe we need to pin-point WHAT IS CHANGING?!

At this rate, logic tells me that we are bound to see more bites on skis.

Migrate to Brittany (France) , where apparently, there are no sharks to fear - for the time being.

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5 years 5 months ago #27726 by OSS
Hi Ludovic,

I live in Fairlight (Sydney harbour). Now, on summer weekends there are masses of people boat fishing with bait attracting also larger fish. Consequently, I have seen more dolphins and sharks in the past 3 years than in the previous 10 years. I am sure this is one cause of the increased number of incidents.
But saying that, I have also seen more big fish out in the ocean..(mmmhh??).

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5 years 5 months ago #27727 by rubberDuck
Ludovic, no need to get alarmed.

First of all, we have lots of paddlers going out on the ocean on a daily basis without any incidents.

Also, both Fishhoek and Plettenberg Bay have a very active Great White population, as do the area where I paddle, maybe not as active as Fishhoek, and I only had a meeting with a juvenile Bronze Whaler and a Mako breached about 200 meter in front of me. Yet to see a Great White.

Also, I need to mention that this attack was very close to the outflow of a lagoon, and we all know by now that sharks are active at the outflows of lagoons and rivers.

So, put your big boy pants on and go paddle :-)

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5 years 5 months ago - 5 years 5 months ago #27728 by photofr
When big fish come to clean our shoreline, I worry about the overall aspect. It's not going to stop me from paddling 5 to 6 times a week, in any body of water. Otherwise, it would be like saying: "we shouldn't be on the street because cars and trucks are dangerous".

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5 years 4 months ago #27805 by LakeMan
Thankfully we have no sharks in the mountain lakes of South Carolina. Of course we have no waves to ride either but that's an entirely different problem.

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5 years 4 months ago #27816 by robin.mousley
I just interviewed the paddler involved in this one... Watch out for the story in the next few days!!!

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