Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Why I Stay Clear of Sharks

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Why I Stay Clear of Sharks

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Byline: By John Gibson

Ever since watching the movie Jaws as a kid, Sam Lamiroy wisely decided to steer clear of sharks.

Surfing can be a dangerous sport as well as a glamorous one, involving bone-breaking injuries and scare stories over man-eating big fish.

"Yeah, I saw Jaws and it encouraged me to avoid sharks as much as possible," smiled Sam (right).

"The human being is not at home on the water really ( think of a busy road where all cars are invisible until they are just a foot away and you're suddenly mowed down. That's what a shark attack is like.

"I've seen a few sharks when I've been surfing, but it's kind of silly to go where you know they are. If the water is murky and a lot of fish are around, it's dangerous. A shark could mistake you for a meal.

"I saw a sardine run in South Africa. They are chased by bigger fish and in turn they attract the sharks.

"It's scary all right, but generally the risk is often blown out of all proportion. …

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