Views & Reviews From the frontline

Watch out for the sharks

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39265.408403.59 (Published 05 July 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:48
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}yahoo.co.uk

    I jumped as the severed head floated on screen—I was 10 when I saw Jaws. Fifteen years later I tried to learn to surf. Catching a wave is a life enhancing moment. I knew the statistics of shark attacks, but thumping cello chords were often with me in the water. From Sydney to Surfers Paradise and Noosa we travelled in our cliched T shirts and beads. But when a huge finned mass zipped past me in the water off Byron Bay—a dolphin—my Australian surfing odyssey was over. We are not rational beings but prisoners of …

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