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A problematic problem

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by Capt. T. Goetz, Nov 24, 2020.

Help...

  1. Quick! cover it up as much you can!

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  2. I'm just out of my damn mind....

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  1. Capt. T. Goetz

    Capt. T. Goetz Barracuda

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    So here's the issue. My bc has built in reflective stripping (like 3ft) on both sides as well as else were on some buckles. I am aware that this may attract sharks..... I can tape or cover up the smaller parts that may look like fish scales but i don't know if the larger section is still appetizing. If there are any biologists hanging around, your word of advice would definitely help. Or if anyone disagrees otherwise, please pitch in.... <TG>

    P.S. Where i dive there a 99% chance that when you jump into the ocean and look down, there's gonna be one roaming around....
    :jaws::dance:
     
  2. lexvil

    lexvil ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    If reflective striping attracted sharks you would find more people adding to their gear.
     
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  3. boulderjohn

    boulderjohn Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I have never heard of reflective stripping attracting sharks, and if I believed it did, I would do exactly as lexvil suggests and add some to my gear.

    I also have to wonder where you are doing your diving. I am a snowbird who dives near Fort Lauderdale every winter, and seeing sharks is far too rare an experience there. Oh, you see them, but nowhere near 99% of the time.
     
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  4. boulderjohn

    boulderjohn Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    So a quick search took me to spearfishing websites that indicated that some people think reflective tape can attract fish in general, but it is all anecdotal. One of those sites said that spearos like reflective tape because if attracts the game fish but NOT the sharks.
     
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  5. BoundForElsewhere

    BoundForElsewhere Waiting for the zombies ScubaBoard Supporter

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    i would guess that it would attract barracudas more than sharks. I don't know why but a big ass 'cuda gives me the heebie jeebies way more than a shark.
     
  6. Bob DBF

    Bob DBF Solo Diver

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    It's like using flashers for trolling, a little flash will attract attention, a lot of flash will scare them off, but I've just seen it used on certain fish that are looking for baitfish, like salmon. That's why I use different sized flashers depending on water clarity. Sharks seem to hunt their prey in a different manner than large school fish.

    I wouldn't wear reflective tape to keep from scaring away fish, don't know how, or if, it would affect a shark.
     
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  7. MAKO Spearguns

    MAKO Spearguns ScubaBoard Business Sponsor ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

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    Just don't hang a "disco ball" below yourself. We use these to attract fish, but when the little mirrors are hit by direct sunlight, it sends out "little laser beams" of light, sharks often will come right in and bump the ball with their nose if a diver is not close to it.

    https://www.makospearguns.com/Flasher-Ball-p/mfb.htm

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  8. Capt. T. Goetz

    Capt. T. Goetz Barracuda

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    when you go out of hillsboro, maybe not as often in winter, but almost always, when i jump into 75ft of water, theres a shark. Not like right in my face but around the area, but i'm fine with that.
     
  9. Capt. T. Goetz

    Capt. T. Goetz Barracuda

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    Cudas are not as common in S FL, just like tarpon their more in the keys, i'm more "cautious" about the hammerheads and bull sharks.
     
  10. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Why do you think this?
     

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