We are getting a few comments and recomendations now that there has been an attack.
Some of the locals have been repoted as saying that there had been many shark reports and that they would not swim in the area.
I also heard that steel
drums had been anchored and baits set to catch sharks. If this is true then this may have attracted sharks to the area.
Another report said that the victim had been swimming with her dog and was spearfishing.
I don't know how true these reports were.
So I guess before swimming that some basic precautions would be in order:-
1. Check with locals about any known dangers, not just sharks.
2. Don't swim in muddy or murky water
3. I don't know if the stories about dogs
attracting sharks are true but swimming with a dog may be contraindicated.(splashing and noise
are reputed to attract sharks)
4. Blood both attracts and excites sharks, so swimming with blood in the water is not a good idea. It used to be standard practice for spearfishermen to use a float to keep any fish
thay speared (and their blood) out of the water.