Great White Sharks in Australia: The Fearsome Predators of the Ocean

Did you know over 470 species of sharks exist and they have been swimming around in the oceans of our world for about 420 million years? That seems like a dangerously high amount of sharks to be out and about on Earth. However, if you take into consideration that these sea creatures are scattered around everywhere, it doesn’t seem as scary. Not to mention, there are countless shark hunters who have been scouting the waters for many, many years, trying their best to “catch a prize”. But most of the time, people are not worried about the dangers of shark hunting. They are more worried about what a shark will do to them while they are swimming in the water.

Swimming in the ocean sounds great unless one is afraid of shark attacks. In November 2022, a 50-year-old woman suffered a harrowing near-fᴀᴛᴀʟ shark attack north of San Diego. Surprisingly, the victim was a regular ocean swimmer, but she was left petrified after the attack.

The incident happened when the 50-year-old, Lyn Jutronich, was swimming on the beach in Del Mar, north of San Diego, with her friend at least 200 yards offshore

The woman explained the near-fᴀᴛᴀʟ accident while swimming.

I 10 a.m. off a beach in Del Mar, north of San Diego. While swimming in the water, she suddenly felt a weird thing hɪᴛting her legs. It not only hurt her but also pushed her out of the water. Jutronich is a frequent ocean swimmer, so she knew immediately that it was a shark.

She stated, “I saw it clamp on my leg, so I don’t know if I saw it bite my leg or if I saw it after it bɪᴛ my leg. But I definitely saw the mouth”. She continued, “It was on my right leg and it shook once, kind of like a dog, and then it let me go.”

Shark attacks have become a big problem in the region. Multiple cases of such attacks have been reported over the years.

Gansbaai, South Africa (a.k.a. “Shark Alley”)

Great white sharks are probably the most visually intimidating shark out there. With their giant mouths and, beady eyes, and razor-sharp teeth, these animals have inspired fear and admiration from many. A popular holiday resort and fishing town in South Africa, Gansbaai is also the great white shark capital of the world. In fact, there are so many of the famed and notoriously frightening great white sharks in the narrow sea channel between Geyser Rock and Dyer Island (known as Shark Alley), that shark cage diving has become a popular tourist attraction here. Many visitors come to Gansbaai just for the sharks.



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