I’ve been a keen spearo for longer than I can remember now, and love diving at new spots. The beauty of owning a 4WD is you can get to remote places like Israelite Bay, throw your wetsuit on and hit the water!
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Do you worry about sharks when spear fishing? I never used to worry, but since 2012 have certainly been a lot more wary/paranoid when going out more a few hundred meters or so, near deep drop-offs, and in areas close to seal and sea lion colonies. And that’s without carrying bleeding fish around with me 😉
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t aware of the risks and always slightly on edge in the water. However, we always use shark shields, which have proven to be very effective, and do what we can to avoid shark encounters. We try not to keep fish in the water for long; either by putting them on a float line a long way away from you, or into the boat or kayak. I don’t believe sharks are aggressive very often; people are taken by mistaken identity, and many sharks are quite happy to cruise past and leave you alone anyway.
Life is full of risks, and the chance of being taken by a shark are very low. That said, they are always on my mind and we make sure to hang around each other in the water and stay alert!
People intentionally dive with sharks every day, and rarely have an issue. Most of the time they are gentle giants crusing the ocean. That doesn’t make them any less frightening though! We’ve proven a number of times that sharks don’t like the shields, but whether it would stop a big one coming full tilt at you, who knows. $600~ is expensive, but what price do you put on potentially saving your life? Mine broke after only a few uses when we were up north, and although it was out of the warranty period I sent it back and they replaced it, no questions asked.
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