I was listening to BBC sports last evening and one of the sportsmen interviewed on the show was George Bovell the third, a trinidad tobago swimmer who is training for Beijing Olympics. Bovell is a lucky man as he is one of the few men who have been attacked by sharks and lived to tell their story.
After the death of Dave Martin, a triathlete who was attacked and killed by a shark in Solana Beach California I decided to turn on the survivors to see whether they survived through sheer will power or was it a matter of luck.
For Bovell his encounter with the shark happened on the Florida Coastline. The shark swum close by a terrified Bovell. It never attacked him, it just swum away. I guess that was one shark that had eaten too many fish.
But South African shark attack survivor Kevin Dewey wasn’t so lucky. I first read his story long time ago in Readers Digest magazine. In 1997 he was out in the sea diving for cray fish at Saldanha bay when his left leg was severely mauled by a shark. For Kevin it was case of the hunter being the hunted.
He was saved by a friend who gave him first aid while he was still in water.
Australian JASON CULL Fights a White Shark : 10 May 2008
This Aussie escaped from the jaws of a great white shark by poking it in the eye as it dragged him under water. On his interview with Australian news, he was swimming with dolphins when a white shark grabbed his leg and dragged him under water.
“I just remember being dragged backwards underwater. I felt along it, I found its eye and I poked it in the eye, and that’s when it let go.”
There is nothing more ferocious than a cornered animal, click to watch a you tube video of a whale attacking Japanese fishermen
How To Protect Yourself Against Shark Attack
According to dive south africa website, If you are going to dive, surf or swim in the sea use a shark repellant device. One is called Shark shield. The device is strapped to the legs and has a radius of six to eight metres. It creates an electrical field that causes discomfort to sharks, making them leave.