Joseph Burke, Spearfishing Guide & Commercial Abalone Diver, Vanuatu, Tonga, Australia, New Zealand, & Niue

As a spearfishing guide in Australia and the Coral Sea, often 200 miles from shore, I, Joseph Burke, have had occasion to swim with many sharks. My job is often to cut bait in the water with sharks to attract Dogtooth Tuna and other prized fish. As I am holding the bleeding fish the sharks are interested in me and are unconcerned with the other spear fishermen around me.

On average I push 5 sharks a day away from me as they came in for a feed on the bait I was holding. 3 years ago after the diver doing my job on the boat, a week before I was to arrive, was bitten by a bronze whaler I decided to try an Ocean Guardian. To my amazement I was unable to reach a shark to push it away with my spear gun because, at about 2 meters out, the sharks would turn away.

I never guide now without my Ocean Guardian and I have had occasion to use it on sharks in Vanuatu, Tonga, Australia, New Zealand and Niue.

It’s not as exciting diving with my Ocean Guardian, but it is a lot safer.

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