Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Please Don't Ignore Shark Warnings

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Please Don't Ignore Shark Warnings

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Byline: DAVID KIRKPATRICK news@northernstar.com.au

WE all know that sharks are out there swimming in the ocean at the same time we are taking a dip.

That's a given.

But today's dramatic front page image, which was taken off the coast of Ballina yesterday morning, shows just how close two surfers were to this large beastie.

While most people on the Northern Rivers seem opposed to shark culling or nets, everyone seems keen on more aerial patrols.

These are currently being undertaken on a daily basis, so it seems silly for ocean goers to ignore these 'eyes in the sky' when they are looking out for our safety.

If you see a helicopter stop, hover in a certain spot over the ocean, and hear a siren wail or crewman signalling, it means there is a shark nearby.

Of course, individuals, being individuals can exercise their democratic right to ignore such warnings. …

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