Experience: Surf Life Saver, Surfer, Albatross/Penguin Centre Manager, Kaitiaki
Regions: Otago, Cook Strait, Banks Peninsula
Interview Location: Dunedin, NZ
Interview Date: 01 December 2015
Post Date: 17 May 2017; Copyright © 2017 Hoani Langsbury and Steve Crawford
5. WHITE POINTER ENCOUNTERS - EXPERIENCES OF OTHERS
CRAWFORD: In terms of your contemporaries, were there other people that perhaps had some Level 3 or even Level 4 interactions with these White Pointers?
LANGSBURY: At St. Clair here, I know people who had them rub against their leg before they noticed they were there, those sorts of things. Pretty much swimming past.
LANGSBURY: Yeah, bumping.
CRAWFORD: So, a little bit more than a swim-by?
LANGSBURY: Yeah, just a bit of a "What's that kind of rubbing up against me?" Maybe the animals wanted to scratch tissue or get a bit of a smell.
CRAWFORD: Anyone upset off their boards?
LANGSBURY: No. And I can only ever recall one of us, a White Pointer swimming past, bumped him on the leg. He looked down, saw it moving past. But I wouldn't have considered that to be aggressive behaviour - more testing to see what it is. We kind of understood that a shark swimming by will rub up against you, rub skin, kind of try to figure out what you are.
Copyright © 2017 Hoani Langsbury and Steve Crawford