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Tony Isaacson - Diving Naturalist. As a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor, AWARE shark conservation specialist and adventurer, I have dived in some of the most amazing diving locations on the planet. I have been scuba diving since 1970 and have logged over 3000 dives in more than 20 countries around the world. I’ve documented the marine diversity in exotic locations like Komodo, Fiji, Vanuatu, PNG, Tahiti and the Galapagos Islands. In 2013, I inspired Navy Clearance Diver and bull shark bite survivor, Paul de Gelder and a 60 Minutes film crew to dive with bull sharks at the Ultimate Shark Encounter in Fiji. I was a consultant on the making of documentaries on Leafy Seadragons (for Channel 9), The Great Barrier Reef (with Richard Fitzpatrick for the BBC) and filmed underwater footage in Indonesia and off the Queensland and New South Wales coasts for TRAVELTHERENEXT TV. In July 2014, I headed to South Africa for the Sardine Run and dived with the great white sharks from Durban to Cape Town, South Africa. I’m a great advocate for sharks, sustainability and ecotourism, and I regularly volunteer for Reef Check and Grey Nurse Shark Watch in Australia.

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SHARK SCHOOLS TO MAKE PEOPLE MORE SAVVY?

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Below is a recent article written by Kathy Sundstrom  in our local Sunshine Coast Daily newspaper published on the 9th October 2014. She called me for a phone interview brought on by the recently reported shark encounter in Mooloolaba.  The following article was the result of that discussion:

SUNSHINE COAST  DAILY:

“A RESPECTED shark expert has called for mandatory education in schools and for tourists to make them “shark-savvy” following video footage of a great white circling a boat off Mooloolaba.

Darryl Kitching said he was terrified when the five-metre-long shark circled the family’s seven-metre boat for about 20 minutes, sometimes nudging its side.

Mr Kitching said it was something he had never experienced in his 40 years of fishing.

“I was very glad I was in the boat,” he said.

Shark expert Tony Isaacson of Kawana, said there was likely to be a number of great whites off the Coast as they followed humpback whales heading south.

Mr Isaacson said that with proper education, people need not fear sharks and he could not understand why this was not taught at schools and to tourists visiting the area.

“People need to be shark-savvy,” he said.

He said an incident at Byron Bay earlier this month in which a swimmer was killed by a great white happened “a year to the day” he had an encounter with the feared species in the same location.

“I was filming grey nurse sharks and then they started forcing me down to the ocean floor,” Mr Isaacson said.

“I had never had this experience before and couldn’t work out why they were pushing me down.

The next thing I saw a 4.5 metre great white above them. This is not unusual, but they are usually quite well fed.”

Visit the Daily’s website to see Mr Kitching’s video of the great white.

Twenty-six sharks have been caught in nets or drum lines off the Coast since January.

THE CATCH

Sharks caught in nets and drumlines, January 1 to September 30:

Noosa 9 – 5 tiger sharks, 4 whalers

Maroochydore 4 – 1 long-nose whaler, 1 hammerhead, 1 great hammerhead, 1 bull whaler

Marcoola 3 – 1 tiger, 2 whalers

Wurtulla 2 – 1 great hammerhead, 1 sharp tooth shark

Coolum Beach – 2 long-nose whalers

Alex Headland – 1 great hammerhead

Twin Waters – 1 grey nurse shark

Peregian – 1 tiger shark

Castaways – 1 tiger shark

Marcus Beach – 1 tiger shark

Currimundi – 1 tiger shark

 Some safety tips to minimise the chance of shark attack:

  • Swim or surf only at patrolled beaches – between the flags and where shark safety equipment is in place
  • Leave the water immediately if a shark is sighted
  • Do not swim or surf after dusk, at night, or before dawn when sharks become more active
  • Do not swim or surf in murky or silt-laden waters
  • Do not swim in, or at the mouth of, rivers, estuaries, artificial canals and lakes
  • Never swim alone
  • Never swim when bleeding
  • Do not swim near schools of fish or where fish are being cleaned
  • Do not swim near, or interfere with, shark control equipment
  • Do not swim with animals”.

 

Related articles about recent local shark sightings by the Sunshine Coast:

GREAT WHITE SHARK TO BE KILLED AFTER ATTACK AT BYRON BAY, NSW?

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Great White Shark victim of lethal action following Category 4 human-shark incident at Byron Bay, NSW?

Leading the evening news stories, Tuesday, 9th September, 2014 ahead of Royals, bombings and political scandal was the unsuccessful rescue and fatality of a lone swimmer at Clarkes Beach, Byron Bay, NSW. The bite to Paul Wilcox’s leg at 10:45 am in clear water at a sand bar, 15 metres from shore, was witnessed by his wife. The 3 metre, sub adult, great white shark that was believed to be responsible for the bite was chased out to sea. On initial, unsubstantiated reports, the great white shark was to be targeted with lethal action should it return to Byron Bay. Such a response reinforces the popular view of the ”Jaws” generation that there is a public risk and a ‘rogue’ shark problem that must be solved with lethal force. Continue reading

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