….maybe the cows will. Sharks have a reputation for being big, scary, stalking predators. And this is true because sharks, especially the fearsome great white can take a great big bite out of you. But despite the rise in shark attacks, there are a lot of things that are more deadly than sharks. I looked over lots of lists but the most concise one can be found here: 5 Everyday Things More Dangerous Than Sharks. If you don’t want to swim in the ocean because of sharks then you should probably be worried each night when you go to bed or the next time you use a vending machine.
But all jokes aside, sharks are predators which means they kill. Ryan and I just watched a Shark Week special called “Australia’s Deadliest Shark Attacks” which claims that Western Australia is the deadliest shark attack zone on the planet. I couldn’t find anything to back this up in just a quick internet search, beaches in California are evidently more dangerous when it comes to shark attacks, but this special said that in WA (just north and south of the Perth area) there had been 10 shark attacks since 2005 and 5 in less than 12 months. Still less than the amount of people who are killed by deer every year but when you go for a swim in the ocean, it’s not Bambi you’re thinking about.
Scientists don’t really know why more sharks are coming in closer to the shore. It could be for the fish, it could be ocean temperatures and in one case they even think that a female great white who lived in the area was drawing the attention of male great whites. Killing sharks to keep them away seems a bit extreme even though these huge sea creatures have a way of terrifying people. So the scientists have turned their attention to shark deterrent methods. There isn’t anything that is guaranteed but it might make people feel safer when they venture into the water.
As for me, a fear of sharks won’t keep me out of the beautiful oceans in Perth but I will definitely respect these amazing, underwater hunters when I am swimming in their home.