In October 2013, while abalone diving 180 kilometers east of Esperance, the diver of a nearby boat was attacked by a very large great white shark. Andrew and two colleagues administered lifesaving first aid and rushed the long journey back to town to meet the ambulance. Luckily, the guy survived to dive another day.
“I have spent thousands of hours under water and come into contact with my fair share of sea life, white pointers included. The one thing all waterman will tell you is that the behavior of an animal with change when they have seen eyes on them. Once spotted, even great white sharks will change their risk assessment when the element of surprise is lost, often increasing their distance to lose your line of sight and approaching again from a completely different direction. The problem is you can't be looking everywhere at once. We use as many shark deterrents as practical in our line of work. But, electronics have a tendency to go flat or break in the harsh environment in which we work, and we are often exposed while working outside of our shark cage when catching Abalone. I believe an extra set of eyes is a great visual aid to lower the risk of a shark attack.”