There is a test you can do to see if the ocean your swimming or surfing in is shark infested. What you do is you wade into ankle deep water, stick your finger into the ocean and then taste it. If the water is salty, that ocean has sharks in it.
If those hailing this "miracle" want to see a "professional miracle", they should go witness an open water race featuring Thomas Lurz of Germany. For instance: At the European Open Water Championships, Lurz "beasted" the 6.2-mile swim in under 1:54.22 swimming 1.5-miles farther than our "miraculous" fisherman and doing it in less than a quarter-of-the-time.
From the Huffington Post:
As Nine News is reporting, Andrew Wilson was thrown overboard while his boat's engine was still running, leaving the 25-year-old angler stranded without any safety devices. He was then forced to make the 4.7-mile swim to shore through strong currents, and has claimed he bumped into a shark and was knocked against rocks throughout his eight-hour ordeal, which is now being hailed as a miracle.
The article fails to realize that his biggest danger was not sharks but rather it was the drowning risk for most people can't swim very well. Consequently, I think the shark population is also getting a bad rap here. Australia has the reputation of being heavily peppered with sharks yet most people fail to realize that more great white shark attacks happen in California alone than the whole continent of Australia.
For instance: 102 people in the United States have been killed by white sharks since 1952: [Link]
Less than 27 have been killed in Australia by great white sharks since 1876: [Link]
The photo above is the finish line of the Alcatraz Sharkfest Swim taken by Scott Belland all rights reserved!