13 June 2005

Great White Shark 'not to blame' for spearfisherman's death

While the death of Henri Murray is indeed tragic, people and particularly the young man's father, need to realise that spearfishing is to blame and not the shark.

Shooting fish underwater is like ringing a shark's dinner bell - sharks are lured towards the scent of blood and the vibration of a wounded fish.

As a survivor of a near-fatal shark attack in the Bahamas, I was engaged in the same activity as Murray, when I got attacked.

Instead of blaming the shark, I endeavoured to learn as much about them and why I was attacked.

The bottom line is that if you are going to engage in an activity such as spearfishing, you need to take certain precautions and accept the risk and responsibility that goes with the territory.

This letter was sent to News24 by Kent Bonde from Miami, Florida

Source: News24


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