Shark Stories

Surfing Guide To Sharks

June 29, 2021 Madison Stewart Season 1 Episode 12
Shark Stories
Surfing Guide To Sharks
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A re-examination of the way we approach the shark attacks through the arming of surfers with essential shark knowledge. This podcast is a reading of the surfing guide to sharks written by myself with the help of oceanographers, scientists, surfers, and paramedics. 

This podcast will give you some information about sharks that may influence when, where, and how you enter the water to surf. The information in this podcast is essential for every ocean goer to know, yet our government and even surf life-saving groups fail to teach it. The fact that we share the ocean with dangerous apex predators on daily basis will finally be addressed in a way aimed to help you make informed decisions. This is a must-listen for surfers and shark enthusiasts. 

How do the sky, the rain, and the time of day affect the hunting habits of sharks? Why is a Great White colored the way it is and how does making their bodies warm makes them smarter? Where in a surf break do most attacks happen and how? The guide is here to not only address important questions but also to address the reality of sharks and the danger that sharing the water with them brings with it. Our biggest and best defense against shark attacks, in my opinion, is changing the way our society views them and understanding that what we need to defend ourselves comes in the form of knowledge.

Surfing Guide Chapters:

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 03:30 - Surfing Guide Introduction
  • 06:22 - Environmental Factors
  • 07:41 - Bait Balls
  • 09:24 - Rainfall and River Mouths
  • 11:17 - Drop Offs and Deep Water
  • 12:25 - Water Temperature 
  • 15:06 - Whale Carcasses and Animal Remains 
  • 16:33 - Time of Day
  • 18:30 - Moon Phases
  • 20:10 - Why Do Sharks Attack Humans? 
  • 28:05 - Potential Steps To Avoid A Shark Attack
  • 29:49 - What to do if an interaction occurs
  • 31:15 - First Aid
  • 33:06 - Are shark nets or shark culls the answer?
  • 37:38 - Sharks and Blood
  • 39:36 - Sharks And You
  • 44:17 - Shark Deterrent Techniques
  • 47:35 - Conclusion


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Surfing Guide Introduction
Environmental Factors
Bait Balls
Rainfall and River Mouths
Drop Offs and Deep Water
Water Temperature
Whale Carcasses and Animal Remains
Time Of Day
Moon Phases
Why Do Sharks Attack Humans?
Potential Steps To Avoid A Shark Attack
What To Do If An Interaction Occurs
First Aid
Are Shark Nets or Shark Culls The Answer?
Sharks and Blood
Sharks and You
Shark Deterrant Techniques