May 28, 2016 § Leave a comment
May 18, 2016 § Leave a comment
Mike Perry checks our boat, Amity Point, Queensland
We three rented a cabin where, at high tide, the sea water was under the floor. That cabin and many others have since disappeared as the western coast of this big sandy island slowly washes away.
The Australian mainland is seen in the distance, across Moreton Bay. To the south out of sight is The Gold Coast – in the opposite direction is Queensland’s capital city, Brisbane.
Two years ago bull shark(s) attacked and killed a swimmer just 50 meters from where Mike is standing.
Our shark diving was around the corner and offshore at a small rocky island 3 km from the holiday village of Point Lookout.
Occasional large tiger sharks are a possibility, attracted by the availability of stingrays and a few manta rays.
February 15, 2016 § Leave a comment
1. Sharks love the color red. 2. Sharks are said to be attracted to dogs 3. It’s a mistake to bump into a shark with a boat – especially when following one like the above, at any speed.
BEN CROPP and I assumed it was a tiger shark by the actions it displayed.
Could it have been a cranky Lemon shark – not an uncommon species at Batt Reef, and far out-numbered by the Tigers?
John D. Stevens (CSIRO) when asked for a shark ID, replied (in part): “It’s not a tiger shark, species unidentifiable”.
The confusion came after we saw numerous tiger sharks on the reef shallows earlier the same morning, attracted by – possibly – a harpooned dugong, sea turtle, or stingray – something large enough when injured to provided a stimulus attraction.
These were big sharks, 2.5 meters and upwards, with a single four meter monster seen the next day.
This seemed unusual for so many in a small area.
Batt Reef is a large and mostly sandy and shallow running some ten nautical miles in length, located off Port Douglas, Queensland. It is not a destination for tourist visitors. Quite a private place.
February 25, 2015 § Leave a comment
(Above illustration of shark teeth).From the 1950s when Grey Nurse sharks were still considered “Man Eaters”. That belief changed when the first underwater cinematographers began filming them in 1961. It took a few years for the new information to circulate in the pre-digital era.
When did white sharks begin jumping into the air after prey? It’s a recent occurrence – according to experts.
Great white shark under a surfboard.