Watch a great white shark take an exploratory bite from a surfboard
We all know that great white sharks live in the ocean. It is their house. Their place. And as surfers, most of us have come to terms with that fact. Great whites generally do not seek to eat humans. In general, we are in good shape (very relatively speaking), and far too devoid of the precious fat that these fish need to survive. But that doesn’t mean we don’t make large predators curious. Exploratory bites are part of the blank hunting process. Which unfortunately is bad for us and often attributed to attacks on surfers.
Which brings us to this fascinating video I recently came across on the good old internet showing what it looks like when a great white test bites a surfboard (above). Yeah, that’s kinda creepy. And the shark doesn’t get a very good bite. But that’s enough, right? It was filmed near the shark breeding ground of Guadalupe Island off the coast of Baja in Mexico. The images were taken by Jalil Najafov for RPELA, a Western Australian shark repellent company that has created a device that fits into a surfboard to deter sharks (see video below). It can either be given to a shaper before creating a new sled, or retrofitted (like fixing a ding) into most boards.
The proof in the YouTube video just above isn’t exactly conclusive, but it does show a “with” and “without” version – apparently one of the cards has the device and the other doesn’t? I reached out my hand to RPELA and sounds like the brand – with an address in Osborne Park, WA – is still in the realm of repellents. Dave Smith from RPELA told me that they recently sponsored a WSL event in Reunion Island. The images above are what drew me, however, and probably anyone else who rides the waves or spends time in the ocean.