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Created by Tassiedevel 2 months ago, 25 Aug 2021
Tassiedevel
TAS, 2215 posts
25 Aug 2021 6:54AM
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Already posted in "where did you surf today " we had a 4 meter shark come up beside 4 boogie boarders here on the weekend and scare them out of the water .Since then been arguing with the missus - when is it safe to go back in .
My theory is 1 - this shark is probably now half way to South Africa or the South Pole following the whales through
2 - the boogie boarders were 200 meters off shore - if he was hungry he could have picked them all off
3 - there has never been a recorded shark attack here - plenty of food out there for them

don't get me wrong - nice that she cares enough to want to keep me alive and not yet claim the life insurance , but I am thinking getting back in next day after a sighting chances of getting bitten are less then the chances of winning the lotto

finsup
WA, 120 posts
25 Aug 2021 5:37AM
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Just tell her to give Derek Hynd a buzz. He'll settle it.

Jeff J
NSW, 32 posts
25 Aug 2021 3:31PM
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It's a lottery every time you go in the water, especially since the big buggers were protected. Being down in Tassie you will see more big ones than us I reckon too. Give it a few days at least.

Macaha
QLD, 21591 posts
25 Aug 2021 5:08PM
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Me I'd give it a week or two, I've called the bank at Greenmount Nicks bank after he was taken and I still think about it every time I'm there.

ralap
WA, 19 posts
25 Aug 2021 3:51PM
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Sometimes I think it's a win/win situation.
If you have a surf,it's a win...if you get eaten....you don't have to pay the mortgage....

Toobz
168 posts
25 Aug 2021 6:56PM
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I think Rodney Fox once said 5 days after last sighting as a rule of thumb. A client of mine who's a diver once went to one of his talks and this was his advice.

Tassiedevel
TAS, 2215 posts
26 Aug 2021 7:19AM
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Toobz said..
I think Rodney Fox once said 5 days after last sighting as a rule of thumb. A client of mine who's a diver once went to one of his talks and this was his advice.


Thanks mate -professional divers would have the knowledge

Has worked out well for me - been no swell since Saturday - should be something after work tonight or early tomorrow - 5 days is this morning so perfect

Tassiedevel
TAS, 2215 posts
26 Aug 2021 7:24AM
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Macaha said..
Me I'd give it a week or two, I've called the bank at Greenmount Nicks bank after he was taken and I still think about it every time I'm there.




Lucky enough to live in a place with no recorded shark attacks - probably due to low numbers of people in the water and plenty of food ( seals / penguins ) out there for them .

And very lucky never to have lost anybody or witnessed a shark attack - hoping it stays that way

Tassiedevel
TAS, 2215 posts
26 Aug 2021 7:54AM
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Quick look out the window swell starting to roll in now

surfbroker
NSW, 1466 posts
28 Aug 2021 6:19AM
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ralap said..
Sometimes I think it's a win/win situation.
If you have a surf,it's a win...if you get eaten....you don't have to pay the mortgage....


Ahh..Hmm..
What if you don't get eaten, just mauled and lose and arm..or leg..or both

Yeah Nah..I like the 5 days rule...SB won't Go

damned67
254 posts
10 Sep 2021 7:39PM
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I always surf with a 'swat-t' (stretch and wrap) tourniquet in my boardies pocket or tucked in my wetsuit, with a 'combat' tourniquet sitting on the roof of my car.

Apparently the stats say about 75% of shark fatalities could be avoided with rapid application of a tourniquet (apparently leggies/leashes suck as tourniquets). Bleed out in 3-5 min if the femoral is severed. How long does it normally take to paddle back in from where the waves are?

For me, it's piece of mind - mostly because if I've got the tourniquet, I'll never need it.
There should be a bigger push for all of us to carry these. They're cheap (relatively speaking) - the swat-t is $30 and the combat tourniquet is about $60.
If my shorts have a side pocket, I don't even notice it.
same with my wetsuit, tucks in behind the chest zip.

bettersurf.com.au

MangoDingo
NT, 705 posts
10 Sep 2021 9:47PM
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There's a good article in the latest Tracks written by Kirk Owers. In it, Dr Nick Taylor talks about dealing with traumatic injuries as a doctor working in ED. Taylor reckons the key (obviously) is stopping the blood flow from a traumatic/catastrophic bite injury, and reckons all of us should get comfortable with the idea of having to apply your body weight on a person's femoral artery- halfway between the hips and yr 'bits', - what's known as inguinal compression, or (as he calls it), The Fist of Life, and keep your body weight on that artery 'til the ambos arrive. See below:




Another fella in WA, Dr Cohen has designed the 'Calm As' kit, which apparently contains a legit military-grade tourniquet , probably not a bad idea to have one in the glovie.

GPA
WA, 2453 posts
11 Sep 2021 7:28AM
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Thanks for posting that Mango - could literally be a life-saver! Cheers

damned67
254 posts
11 Sep 2021 7:29PM
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Great bit of advice, the fist of life.
the 'calm as' kit is available from bettersurf.com.au.
that's where I get my Swat-t tourniquets from... I use plural because I lost one once, then thought the replacement order didn't go through so ordered an extra one.
the military/combat tourniquet is more noticeable in ones pocket - but also available from a number of different first-aid suppliers. I got mine from a supplier that was in behind dreamworld (for any Breeze members on the GC).



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