Knowing something wants to eat you without sustaining an injury from its prey (me and my spear) is quite chilling. It took me a while to get my mojo back!
My second encounter with an even larger GWS went differently – probably because I was wearing an Ocean Guardian. The shark came up, checked out me and the kingfish I’d just speared and kept going.
I often spearfish alone or separated from the group and the Ocean Guardian is a reassurance – as much psychological as physical. We’re seeing more and more large sharks in Sydney waters and also in NZ where I often dive. I’ve had to physically fend off whalers plenty of times in the past – but never when wearing an Ocean Guardian. I’ll be taking the new unit to Tonga on a trip in August.
Thanks for helping make me feel more at ease in the water.