- May 30, 2010
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And can also kill you in a single flourish.
"The majority of rips will bring you back to the beach - don't struggle."
The advice over here is to swim at right angles to the rip (ie, parallel to the shore). When you're back in surf, head for the beach.
(I'd prefer not to wait and see if the rip brings me back. If it does, I might be dead already - if it doesn't, well, the outlook's not good!)
And always swim at a Life-guarded beach, especially if you're a visitor to the area.
EDIT: At least we don't get man-eating sharks off Cornwall. Basking sharks are huge, but they feed on krill.
I first thought that but the tiger shark has distinctive teeth, they are serrated sideways the tiger shark chews by shaking side to side and using it's teeth as saws. Where as great white just chomp like Luis Suarez.That's a Tiger Shark? Looks like a Great White to me.
Regardless, those two images are exactly why I fear the deep.
I think I'm generally with you on that one.I know it's not a particularly popular opinion, but I'm afraid I don't have that much sympathy for those who are attacked.
If you're putting yourself into an alien environment, where you know you're no longer top of the food chain, then you can't exactly complain when the creatures who are at the top of the food chain stop by for a bite to eat.
It especially annoyed me some years ago when it was thought two sharks were hunting together somewhere around the shores of Australia, a situation previously unheard of.
The authorities response? Hunt to kill! *slow claps*
I will add the caveat that I'm talking about divers, surfers and those who are in the water for leisure purposes; basically those who don't have to be there.
I appreciate those that have to work in the sea run the same risks and so deserve sympathy, and no small amount of respect.
Yeah - I've been to Australia many times and never swim in the sea. Not worth the risk IMO.Sharks - ugh. I refused to go swimming when I was in Oz. I have a vivid memory of Fred Trueman on TMS describing how he was told by Aussies words to the effect of 'it's OK, they hardly ever eat anyone' and then the guy he was swimming with got - well - eaten.
I was serious.