Ever hear the warning ‘don’t swim after it’s rained’?
That’s because the rain runs off our paved streets directly to the ocean via the network of stormwater drains, canals and rivers every city has, carrying with it all the accumulated along the way. Then there’s the periods of heavy rain… when water management authorities may decide to ‘’ the sewerage system and release effluent into waterways!
The major problem is .
The UNSW is currently conducting a study on people’s perceptions of sharks.
Amongst a range of user groups, they’re keen to understand more about ocean swimmers and our attitudes towards sharks – after all, we do spend a lot of time swimming in the open water!
The ocean is full of creepy crawlies that give beach goers the heebie jeebies.
These are the ugly looking critters that tickle, poke, sting and nip. They freak you out, make your heart skip a beat and send your breathing rate into a teenage girl frenzy.
Seaweed, crabs and jellyfish seem to cause the most grief.
But what are you worried about?
This morning a (SMH article includes a quote from me).
According to American scientists we shouldn’t feel guilty about peeing in the ocean… in fact they reckon it’s great for marine life!
Wondering how that could be? You’ve got to check out the video explanation for a lifetime of #guiltfreepee
As long as we continue to swim in the ocean, and as long as the perceived threat of sharks looms over our heads, there will be attempts to keep sharks at bay and reduce public fear and anxieties.
In what seems to be the most advanced shark detection system developed so far, and far from the hideous ‘over summer, this system by Shark Mitigation Services hopes to have their buoy detecting sharks in the water using face-recognition technology and sending warning text messages to local lifeguards on the beach.