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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. BCSGratefulDiver

    BCSGratefulDiver Mental toss flycoon ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: On the Fun Side of Trump's Wall
    ... so how do they propose to keep other sharks from moving in? When a predator is removed from a food source, another predator invariably takes its place. Do they intend to kill them all?

    Fear is a powerful motivator toward acts of sheer stupidity ... and often those acts do more harm than good ...

    ... Bob (Grateful Diver)
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  2. Foxfish

    Foxfish Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Perth, Australia
    I presume that would be your response to the people of Reunion after the spate of recent shark attacks. Which is the kind of callous, fatalistic, Alice in Wonderland response you'd expect from a Greeny.

    Quotes from [-]famous Greenies[/-] Alice in Wonderland:

  3. Malene

    Malene Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: France
    The accidents that happened in La RĂ©union were in areas where there were signs forbidding to enter the water because of the risks of shark attacks. These areas have low visibility and some are near fish factories were the remains of what is not used is rejected in the water (sorry if my explanation is not clear, English is not my native language).

    While I would not dive in these forbidden areas, I would still dive in La Reunion, no matter the number of people attacked.
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  4. azza2012

    azza2012 Registered

    Can you work out the % of attacks in wa in relation to the amount of people and time in water over past few years? Pretty sure the chance of you being attacked will have gone down significantly over the past few years. Yes the number of attacks has gone up but with the cause of that being significant increases in populations each year I'd be betting the % odds of you as an individual being the one attacked would have gone down significantly.

    Now we have the risk possibility sorted can we move to more significant issues of trying to deal with cane toads. They are a plague and your time is better spent sorting them out since they are introduced and ruin ecosystems.
  5. bowlofpetunias

    bowlofpetunias Oh no, not again! ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Sydney Australia
    Shucks Foxfish :blush: using the selective quotation/interpretation practices that seem to be the trend in this thread.... I truly am honoured by your esteem!:::acclaim:
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  6. Foxfish

    Foxfish Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Perth, Australia
    Glad you found it complimentary - and a little funny. :wink:
  7. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Santa Catalina Island, CA
    REALLY? Then why do you... over and over and over... ad nauseum.

    If you are "talking" to divers (or more accurately talking at them), why do you continue to inject example involving non divers? Totally different situations.

    And please stop referring to these sharks as "man-eating." While the majority of attacks by great whites (93%) are on males, they rarely consume the victim. Usually it is a test bite then a release. Yes, that can be fatal, but they do not EAT the victim.
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  8. KevWind

    KevWind Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Lets clarify it was specifically the local politicians that "took steps" not the glittering generality of the "local community" . That politicians '"took steps" on an island where tourism is a significant if not primary source of the GPD in which surfing and swimming related tourism represents significant income, is not really the least bit surprising. Not to mention the fact that story was headline news in surfing magazines forums and blogs world wide. Nor is it necessarily an exemplary model of "community" decision making. Certainly suspect as much or more of an example of politicians yet again making monetary based decisions, as opposed to wise environmental or arguably even all that public safety driven decisions.
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2014
  9. nimoh

    nimoh Scuba Instructor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Rochester, MN
    Another simple explanation is that sharks generally don't attack divers.
  10. KevWind

    KevWind Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Bill, first let me congratulate you on showing remarkable restraint in your posts to this thread, given the level of intractable perspective and posturing being proffered.

    But considering such posturing, it may be futile to inject simple common sense and a request for more objectivity and less sensationalism. It may well be that the rest of us will have to continue auto interpret ,"Man- Eating" as Apex predators that occasionally bite humans, and "Greeny" as anyone that actually gives a rats ass, about the environment.
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