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Hammerhead bite - California

Discussion in 'Accidents and Incidents' started by DandyDon, Aug 29, 2015.

  1. Centrals

    Centrals Barangay Pasaway

    # of Dives:
    Location: Hong Kong
    At the end of the day hammerhead will be labelled as dangerous.
  2. Mike Veitch

    Mike Veitch Dive Charter

  3. deeper thoughts

    deeper thoughts Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Spearfishing makes sense
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  4. iluvcozumel

    iluvcozumel NAUI Instructor

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Salida, Colorado, United States
    Every hammerhead encounter I've had makes me believe, also, that he must have been spearfishing. Everytime I've seen hammerheads, they have appeared to be timid and easily spooked. Glad he will be ok.
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  5. Hetland

    Hetland Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Gulf of Mexico
    I've only ever been in the water with the Greater Hammerheads, and they are indeed shy, and very easily spooked. Like "don't even smile or let your eyes get big in excitement" shy.

    I'd gladly trade any catch I've ever made in return for being able to watch a greater turn circles around me for 5 minutes.
  6. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Dartmouth,NS,Canada(Eastern Passage-Atlantic)
    Why not? They apparently are dangerous.
  7. Ken Kurtis

    Ken Kurtis Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Beverly Hills, CA
    Humans are dangerous. The shark is just doing what he's programmed to do.

    My understanding of this is that he was spearfishing and the fish was in the hand that got bitten. Sounds like the shark was just going for the fish (aka doing what he's programmed to do). Even Rodney Fox, probably the most famous shark bite survivor in the world, says that he was bitten because he had a stringer with speared fish on his hip.

    This headline should have been "Spearfisherman Tries to Steal Shark's Lunch - Shark Takes It Back." :D

    - Ken
  8. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Torrance, CA
    Freediver bitten by hammerhead
    Posted by Chris on August 16, 2015 at 10:09:58:
    Last Thursday a diver at Cortes bank was bitten on the hand by a hammerhead shark. However key facts seem to me missing form the news reports:

    He was freediver
    He was spearfishing
    He had freshly shot fish in his hand when he was bit in the hand

    This was not a case of a shark just swimming up and biting a SCUBA diver for no reason.
  9. Centrals

    Centrals Barangay Pasaway

    # of Dives:
    Location: Hong Kong
    I have seen them on several occasions but only from a distance. They are extremely shy and timid.
  10. jsnorman

    jsnorman Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Chicago, IL

    Totally agree. Every time there is a news report about a diver who is bitten by a shark, my wife and family freaks out and I get a dozen emails about the incident. It almost always turns out to be a spearfishing incident, when I can find the facts to illuminate the vague news media reports. I am not saying sharks will never bite a scuba diver who isn't spearfishing, but it would be nice if the media could differentiate these two very different situations!

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