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David. We should add some reflective strips and put some balls from our pool tables into the empty hatches of our boats if we want to be better lures.  I have joked with a friend about posting nutritional information on the bottom of our boats. 

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It's interesting we're seeing a consistent attack point on most kayak attacks, about 1/3 of the way from the paddler to the stern. I'd guess they see the boat as a long fish, and are trying to disable the propulsor.  Seal and swimmer bites seem to be further forward. 

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 Point I was trying to make: if we know a great white will bite your boat just behind the day hatch and then retreat, can that help us mentally prepare for such an incident?

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It certainly has helped me to mentally prepare, although I still have no solution for being a mile or more offshore and having a GWS “test bite” cause catastrophic damage to my ski.  I certainly don’t want to be treading water next to my submerged craft when it comes back around to follow up on its work.  Maybe I should carry a roll of duct tape with me just in case?

 

I’m hopeful that all of the lion’s mane jellies are keeping the sharks away from surface-based  travelers for now — I counted over 50 today in a single 5k leg.

 

Matt

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My babies almost grew up on the beaches right there!  Just out of shot, picture-left, is the airfield out of which I used to fly...

It is curious to me that he was carrying a fishing rod, taped to his aft deck: perhaps the sardines were running and he had intended to do some trawling?  When that happens (May-July) the density of predators goes way up.  For surfers, the Durban beaches are mostly protected by nets (but not Umhlanga).

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