Gold Coast Shark Attacks [National Geographic Documentary HD 2017]
Well, in a nutshell, yes. But you’re more likely to be attacked by lightning than a shark. A Shark Control Program run by the Queensland Government manages a range of nets, bait hooks and other preventative measures designed to keep sharks away from people swimming at the beach. There have only been a few reported shark attacks in the waters off the Gold Coast in recent years, most of which involve only minor injuries.
Even shark sightings are rare on the open beach, with only one or two large sharks even being seen by average beach goers each year and if a shark is spotted (either by life guards or aerial surveillance), swimmers are quickly warned.
However, while your chances of meeting a shark in the ocean are slim, if you enter the water in the canal estates and salt water estuaries situated away from the ocean, you’re in much more dangerous territory. Since 2002 there have been two fatal shark attacks in canals and lakes and local newspapers regularly run stories about the waterways are teeming with aggressive bull sharks.
If you want to swim, go to the beach, don’t jump in a lake, and never paddle in the canals, especially at dawn or dusk when sharks are hunting. It’s also advisable to not swim anywhere at night. If you like a bit of danger, then why not swim with the sharks at Sea World’s Shark SCUBA program.