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All this talk about sharks!

Discussion in 'Public Safety Divers' started by flyboy08, Dec 4, 2017.

  1. DavBuc

    DavBuc Banned

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    Yes, a human in the water is in fact an immediate and easy food source to an average shark.

    The shark may not know it, and we want to keep it that way but we're easy prey with no natural defenses.
     
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  2. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

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    Sharks hate bubbles. Swim at them with your 2nd free-flowing towards them and they will scatter. It has for me so far.
     
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  3. BIGJACK

    BIGJACK Angel Fish

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    And if the shark is OOA you are in position to assist.
     
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  4. EireDiver606

    EireDiver606 DIR Practitioner

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    You’re saying what I said with your own pinch of salt...... whatever.
    True Chairman, sharks can be more afraid of you, than you are of them.
     
  5. Hank49

    Hank49 Solo Diver

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    Which goes along with the idea of yelling at them under water. Noise and bubbles.
     
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  6. Hank49

    Hank49 Solo Diver

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    Is a speargun “natural”? :D
     
  7. Wingy

    Wingy Solo Diver

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    I disagree that sharks will not attack "unprovoked" based on empirical evidence from fatal and non fatal incidents over the last few years here. Incredibly rare and unfortunate but I do not believe provocation played any role in the two most recent diver fatalities. I'm also not sure how the last surfer provoked the shark that bit her other than perhaps sharks have imposed a no humans at Kelp Beds while water temp is between x and y and a with holding period after the salmon run has taken place. I also love diving with sharks and that evidence is not going to stop me or make a dent in my diving habits.

    Too many variables.
     
  8. EireDiver606

    EireDiver606 DIR Practitioner

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    When I said provoked I also forgot to say that ther can be other factors like food in the water, etc. In this case, a surfers board could look like a vague outline on a seal from the bottom up....

    Many people bitten have been attached for this reason alone.
     
  9. Wingy

    Wingy Solo Diver

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    My post was really directed at Scuba divers. A woman on her safety stop with a buddy a few metres off a city beach is IMO opinion an unprovoked attack.

    Re: Kelp Beds and surfers (and I agree on the looking like a seal theory to some extent) I'm no expert but this was posted today on FB by Dave Riggs who is doing some awesome research -

    Dave Riggs -

    Rather than dwelling on our personal relationship with the ocean I reckon its time to consider what perhaps is the bigger picture here. Esperance has had a drama with small white shark/human interactions at Kelp Beds every year for some time now. Those sharks are quite light in colour .. like they are coastal creatures. The ones that are here right now are pretty much black .. like they have followed the dead sperm whales we have on the beach down here at the moment from the deep waters off the shelf. We should be looking to tow these dead sperm whales back out to sea when they beach rather than spend 300k to send them to a rubbish tip .. there's no way you're getting a D9, excavator and low loader beyond Alexander Bay where the other whale is beached
     
  10. WinfieldNC

    WinfieldNC Nassau Grouper

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    This guy swam directly overhead. He/she didn't care for my bubbles.
     

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