This is sad I hope that people be aware of reports of a shark in the area so they can take other precautions so this does not happen as likely.
Yes, it seems to me that either these reports aren't be disseminated as widely as they should there in Australia or the people aren't taking them seriously. There are many species of shark that should never be trifled with… the Great White being at the top of the list. This is one of the reasons I prefer swimming in lakes. I swim in the ocean but I'm not crazy about it. I enjoy being at the top of the food chain.
It is harrowing to hear about your child's death but to see it right in front of your eyes in such a brutal way must be a psychological horror that will last a very long time. Stories like this should help people be more careful about where they choose to swim / surf.
Horrific story :(. I love going out into the ocean. I'm always a little uneasy though. I can't help but think about sharks if I go a long ways out. I would rather be attacked by a bear than a shark. At least I'm in my environment. In the ocean you are as helpless as a child versus a Great White.
Edited: Kyrroeth on 18th Apr, 2017 - 3:55pm
I do enjoy the ocean and have gone out a bit in it. I think of sharks and know that I am in their element. I also watch around me and am alert to any possible danger. I would hate to watch a loved one get attacked by a shark like this. If it came at me I would have some shark steak for dinner ;).
Yeah, Australia definitely seems like the place where shark attacks are most plentiful. I think if I get there I won't be doing much swimming in the ocean. I'm not sure if they have the largest concentrations of Great Whites, but the ones they do have certainly seem to be active.