the idea is to deter sharks. seems like a good idea.
u think it would work?
and who's willing to test them out?
Pros: Deters Sharks, looks cool.
Cons: Appeals to Killer whales in mating season and Japanese with Harpoons. Named after a short, not very funny black american kid or a dictionary.
Hmmm decisions decisions.
They say we average 14 Orca sightings in Aus waters per year. 2 were spotted today at Skenes Creek, near Apollo Bay Vic, heading East, moving fast with a Humpback whale. Orcas gave up chase and headed West. I understand Orcas need 60 feet of water to hunt in, and whales know this... Sonar issue. This whale was in close and tight to shore... 50m from shore.
The only thing that would bug me over here in WA would be the solar effects on them - they'd cook in the middle of our summers - otherwise they look sensational really , striking sticks
tgladman, no shouldnt do, the Tabou are all black on bottom this year (2012 models) without any issues.
HOLY F%*ING SH#T did anyone notice this on their Felchbook page;
"After air dropping into the last secret location, the aircraft circled the break to count a total of 17 Great Whites fishing around the reef."
SEVENPHUCKINGTEEN of these damn things feeding around one reef???
I'd always considered Whites to be fairly territorial, solitary creatures. Unless they're talking somewhere stupid like the Farralon Islands (where you'd no more dream of getting in the water than sticking your knob in a rabid pitbulls mouth) then maybe I'm getting ready to review my no kill philosophy.
Jamie Chester's article in the latest Western Angler is a bit of an eye opener too, born at 1.5m and a 4.85m specimen being only seven years old. I have always though of Whites as rare, slow growing not terribly fecund creatures.
Starting to think that maybe we should be listening to pro fisherman more than the so called "experts".
Was/is there any evidence of the Orca Board artwork theory being successful ?
We have been seeing odd currents and a lot of warm water last couple of years. I live at the very south of W.A. and we been catching all kinds of northern fish.
Anyway, late last year, a bunch of tourists headed out on the local whale watching tours and saw something rare as. Watching a humpack and her calf, the lot were rather horrified when a group of around 6 orca's came from nowhere and began a gang attack. The mother humpback fought them off as best she could for quite some time, but she just couldnt take on 6 of them, and they eventually got the calf. But thats nature huh? First EVER sighting down here, divers were not keen on going in the water for a while.
Be interesting to see if there were any shark sightings at all during that occurrence - the Orcas would have been following the whale for a while and just waited for their moment - nature as you said , harsh & brutal but nature.
Being a marine biologist I daresay he didn't source his info from a website where anyone has editorial rights
Why don't you send him an email and ask the question.
Or perhaps you could read the article yourself, before you go shooting from the hip like you always do with this subject.
My point above with them being born at 1.5m and a confirmed specimen of 4.85m being only 7 yrs old was to illustrate the fact that they grow a lot quicker than I had previously thought and would only need to survive for a few years before they are pretty much the top of the food chain, Orcas being their only natural predator.
I reckon we need to get the Japs keen on Great White liver so they can do some "research" on them.
Sorry my last post talked more about age and maturity than size and age.
Ohhh **** me Rodney anything that is born at 1.5m, eats it's siblings in utero to get to that size and can reach 2.5m by the end of it's second year is NOT SLOW GROWING. It's a god damned machine!!!
I'm not advocating killing them I'm just saying that they don't seem to be quite as vulnerable as I had thought.
And 17 feeding around one reef is just nuts!! How big is the reef? Where is the reef?
You know I thought maybe 1 or 2 of 'em around Rotto but maybe they are a far more social creature than has been intimated, maybe there's 10 or 20 or 30 that live around Rotto???
As far as fecundity goes, it is believed that females mature at about 15yrs and bear anywhere between 1 and 15ish pups, usually every second year. Obviously if 15 pups were to be born, they'd be a damn sight smaller than the 1.5m quoted, but you'd have to lay odds on a similar number of juveniles reaching adulthood as in a small litter.
Yes they may only have 2-3 pups in a lifetime but they might have a fkn hundred too. No one knows, that's the trouble. Far more research is needed on the subject.
I tried taking pics of the relevant article to post here but the flash ****ed them. Do yourself a favour and spend the $8.50 and grab a copy for a read, it's interesting. I've always had a staunch no kill philosphy on this subject but this article in particular has got me thinking twice.
There's all this hoohaa about how there's more chance of being struck by lightning, or a falling coconut or chopping your knob off in your zipper and bleeding to death etc etc
But one thing I can tell you is that I have personally known two of the victims of fatal White attacks in WA since 2005. The one thing they had in common is that they both spent a lot of time in the water.
Smicko which month mag is the article in. I did go for a look but couldn't find it?
I have spent many years reading and following sharks in particular GW.
All i can say is wish you were right