AND HE KEEPS ON SURFING DESPITE WARNINGS
A 9 foot Great White Shark trailed surfer Andy Johnston back to shore at West Beach near Esperance, south-east of Perth, Western Australia. Other surfers saw the menace and managed to clamber aboard a reef to clear the water, but despite cars honking horns to warn, Mr Johnston opted to stay out in the ocean.
In an interview following the incident, Mr Johnston related that
‘I’d rather try to hold my ground against it and not freak out and make a commotion. If you’re going to get chomped then you’re going to get chomped – there’s nothing you can do about it.’
Andy felt that the shark just appeared to be curious and ‘playing it cool’ and behaving casually seemed the best approach, however he admitted later that he wasn’t aware that the shark had been as close to him as it was.
The brave surfer went back out a few minutes after the shark swam away. Two weeks later, a surfer was mauled by a Great White Shark close to Esperance and lost his left forearm and his other hand at the wrist.
WOULD YOU HAVE REMAINED IN THE WATER – CHECK OUT HOW CLOSE THE SHARK WAS