While it is cold now in the Northern Hemisphere, open water swims are in full force in the Southern Hemisphere. But, sometimes, things happen. A popular Western Australian race, this weekend's 1.6K Cottesloe Classic Mile Swim, was cancelled due to the number of recent shark sightings in the area.
Richard Olson, the Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club president informed the participants that the race may be postponed until April "in response to the recent attack (on 51-year-old Brian Guest near Port Kennedy) and a number of subsequent shark sightings in the area. Although sharks had never been a concern before, there is a lot more shark activity this time around which has not been seen in the last decade at least."
Erring on the side of caution was a wise decision.