Surf Legend Blames Women's Periods For Shark Attacks
Surfer Laird Hamilton has made an explosive claim saying women on their period in the surf are the "biggest most common reason" for shark attacks.
In fact he went so far to compare menstruating women in the surf to walking around in a storm with a lightning rod.
His comments started off innocent enough.
“They say that soda machines kill more people every year, most shark attacks are not fatal, it’s usually a mistaken identity,” he told TMZ when questioned about the increased number of attacks in California lately.
Then it all went downhill from there.
"The biggest most common reason to be bitten is a woman with her period,” Hamilton said.
“Um, which people, they don’t even think about that.
“Obviously if a woman has her period there’s a certain amount of blood in the water.
“The chances of you getting bit are greater than you getting stuck by lightning on a day like today,” he continued - referencing the sunny conditions to imply that chances of shark bites are slim.
“So, obviously if you’re a fisherman with bloody fish in the water, or you’re in a position where you’re mistaken for a seal, these are all incidents to increase your odds.
“It’s kind of like running around with a lightning rod and wondering why you were stuck by lightning.”
Yep. He really said that.