Yep, it's sharky
Pretty much all coasts have recorded fatalities, and all ocean-goers, from swimmers to fishermen, divers and of course, surfers, take to the drink at their own risk.
Now, we can already hear your self-righteous, comment board shrieks; "It's their
habitat!" "It's not as dangerous as crossing the street!"
Sure, sure. You are correct on both counts. But crossing the street doesn't scare the living shit out of us. Getting bitten by a massive fish whilst going for a surf does.
Rightly or wrongly, rationally or otherwise, it's a frightening prospect, the fish bite.