This excerpt from Jim and Jean Foley's blog about cruising in the Australian Bight along the country's south coast is a funny example of why a little local knowledge might be a good thing.
"We are slowly making our way east, anchoring in a new bay every night. So far we have visited O'Brien's Beach, Lucky Bay and are now in Victory Harbour where we chatted with a man fishing on the beach.
“'How is fishing?' Asked I. 'Just killing time, mate,' responded the whiskered fellow in a leather wide brimmed bush hat from landlocked Kalgoorlie, 300 miles north. He was surprised to meet two Chicagoan’s who did not look like gangsters. We were cautioned against swimming. 'Two years ago, a Great White got a surfer on this very beach.' We did not swim off the boat that night."