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How many fatal shark attacks to stop you diving

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba' started by Foxfish, Feb 18, 2014.

How many fatal attacks in an area to deter you from diving

Poll closed Mar 20, 2014.
  1. 1 per year

    2 vote(s)
  2. 2 per year

    12 vote(s)
  3. 6 per year. One every second month.

    13 vote(s)
  4. 12 per year. One every month.

    10 vote(s)
  5. 1 every week

    25 vote(s)
  6. I don't care and believe that shark finning or culling is morally wrong.

    89 vote(s)
  7. I find this poll disturbing and hopelessly flawed.

    61 vote(s)
  1. Foxfish

    Foxfish Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Perth, Australia
    How many fatal shark attacks within a radius of say 300 km of the ocean location you are about to dive would it take to deter you from diving? Pick the one that best describes your choice.

    I'm interested to get some idea of the risks divers are typically prepared to take in this regard.

    Assume the coastline is straight and sharks can move freely along the coast.

    Assume you are diving without any special protection like a shark cage.

    Assume that there is no human feeding of sharks in the area.

    Assume that the attacks occur on people undertaking the normal spectrum of water sports in the ocean including diving.

    I'd be also interested to hear in a post below how many fatal shark attacks there have been within this distance of the location you typically dive within the three years?
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2014
  2. Wookie

    Wookie Curmudgeon Apprentice ScubaBoard Business Sponsor ScubaBoard Supporter

    I would like to visit the place where shark attacks are occurring. Fatal shark attacks would be an attractant to me, not a deterrent at all. I might want a cage, but then, I might want a tub of chum, too.
  3. scubastingray

    scubastingray Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Cleveland/Jacksonville
  4. PSUSCUBA1313

    PSUSCUBA1313 NAUI Instructor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Pa
    Divers rarely have problems with sharks. Most shark encounters happen with swimmers/surfers who are on the surface and look like prey from below. I don't think a fatal shark encounter would have any affect on where I dive.
  5. tstormdiver

    tstormdiver Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Kentucky
    Why would it deter me? I know the risks when I submerge underwater,... plus 95% of my diving is in freshwater,.... so really not much of an issue.
  6. DivemasterDennis

    DivemasterDennis DivemasterDennis ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Lakewood, Colorado
    The circumstances of the attacks would be an important factor. If a scuba diver NOT feeding sharks was attached once a week at a dive site, I would probably not dive there. The problem is, if some people are feeding sharks, when I dive the site, sharks may expect food from me, and get pissed off if I had nothing for them. SO I oppose feeding sharks everywhere, by anyone. But bottom line, attacks on shark feeders, surfers, ocean swimmers, and kayakers would not deter me.
  7. nimoh

    nimoh Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Rochester, MN
    for me it would be more about the nature of the attacks and the types of sharks.

    If divers being attacked are chumming the waters to attract the sharks, then it probably wouldn't deter me, although I wouldn't be diving near the chumming.

    If it appears that sharks are actually hunting divers in an area, then that would stop me...although I have never heard of this happening, there is some gray area in between.
    chillyinCanada likes this.
  8. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Santa Catalina Island, CA
    I swim in waters where great whites are seen with some frequency. Of course since they are in California waters they seem quiet mellow and non-aggressive. They usually just swim by us to check out our new gear and then swim off to munch on a higher fat content target like a sea lion. As far as I know, there has not been a fatal GWS attack in our waters over the last 50 years (which pretty well approximates the amount of time I've been diving here). However, I don't do open ocean swimming, paddleboarding or surfing. No attacks in our waters on them either though.

    You seem to have quite an agenda here on SB... every post I've noticed has been about shark attacks. Of course living in Perth, I imagine they are on your mind more than most. But it also causes me to wonder.
  9. Foxfish

    Foxfish Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Perth, Australia
    Interesting to hear of the situation where you dive and yes it sounds quite different to our own. No agenda here. Just interested to hear the opinions of other divers in regard to the risks they consider acceptable. I'd like the discussion to focus on the questions raised in the OP.

    Thanks to those who have participated in the poll so far.
  10. vincent54

    vincent54 Contributor

    Sharks are the least of my worries diving. Wish there were more. Cheers

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