Wednesday 20 September 2017

Cherish sharks - they won't be around forever

In this photo from Jan. 24, 2017, provided by Chris Hasson, 10-year-old Eden Hasson, Chris' son, surfs near what is believed to be a great white shark at Samurai Beach, Port Stephens, Australia.
In this photo from Jan. 24, 2017, provided by Chris Hasson, 10-year-old Eden Hasson, Chris' son, surfs near what is believed to be a great white shark at Samurai Beach, Port Stephens, Australia.
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

I don't often feel jealous of a 10-year-old. There's a variety of reasons for that, but mostly it boils down to one compelling element - being jealous of a kid would be mad and weird. But I must say, the shot of young Eden Hasson unwittingly surfing beside a great white shark in Australia had me wishing I was in his shoes.

The boy was surfing with his father the other day when his dad realised there was a shark in the water. It was only when he looked back at some pictures he had snapped that he saw how close the fish was to the child. Of course, being Australian, rather than wet himself with fear, he thought the whole thing was a brilliant adventure.

I've only ever come close to a shark once, when I was in Mexico and a reef shark came into the lagoon in which we were swimming.

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