I love the beaches! I even love when the sand gets stuck in between my toes and the salt water tangled in my hair. The beach is not just ‘vitamin D medication’, but it is also my spiritual place. During my childhood, ‘beach-ing’ with friends, was the only thing we did…and shopping too. There were days, where I’ve visited the beach alone to meditate when things got too rough. Soothes the soul. Born and grow up in Sydney, I craved for traveling. It was not until I flew and danced in different continents that I realised…Hey, I am so lucky that I live in beach paradise! The use and appeal of the ocean have changed over time. The ocean has been integrated into our lives with the increase of popular water-based fitness and recreation. Australia’s coastline is a rendezvous point for the Pacific, Indian and Southern oceans.
Most of the Australian’s population live at the coastline, containing an estimated 11 900 beaches (SLSA 2010).
Real-time anti-shark map
Since 1962 anti-shark measures have been successful in reducing the incidence of shark attacks.2 The anti-shark measures include the use of baited lines and nets. However, last month the NSW government has developed and released high-tech anti-shark measures. Sharks have been tagged, allowing you to monitor shark movements in real-time! You can search for recent sightings of sharks via an app or on this website>
1.West, JG. (2010). Changing patterns of shark attacks in Australian waters. Marine and Freshwater Research 62(6) 744-754. Surf Life Saving Australia (2010). An update in beach and aquatic safety 2010. Beachsafe Newsletter, Issue 17.
2.Patterson, PA. (1990). Effects of long-term anti-shark measures on target and non-target species in Queensland, Australia. Biological Conservation, 52(2), p 147-159.