Shark week kicks off with a warning
AS SHARK Week kicks off on our television screens, people swimming in the area are reminded to watch out for giant carnivores lurking in the Bay's waters during summer.
Not only will this week be filled with documentaries and shows dedicated to the toothy fish, but it marks the anniversary of Hervey Bay's most recent shark-related death, which happened on December 5, 1922.
The Maryborough Chronicle reported at 9.15am, while bathing in the beach between Torquay and Scarness, 19-year-old Alfred Gassman was attacked by a shark and died at the scene after uttering his final words of "God Doug, I'm done," to his mate.
Since then, scores of shark sightings have been recorded in and around Hervey Bay, including two tiger sharks; Jedda and Maroochy, whose movements are currently being tracked by research group Ocearch and can be viewed by the public on their website.
Surf Lifesaving Queensland regional manager Craig Holden said while there had not been a confirmed sighting near the patrolled beach in Hervey Bay in over a year, the chances of a shark encounter did increase over summer.
"This time of year typically sharks can be a little bit more active but it depends on a number of things," Mr Holden said.
"There has been an increase of fish and bait and with that happening it can mean in increase of shark activity but Hervey Bay is usually pretty good.
"I won't say it makes it safer but it's less likely to see shark activity, but as we know they will go anywhere."