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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. Tigerman

    Tigerman Contributor

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Norway
    Lets hope they dont start..
    Of course it was preventable and it also wouldnt stop me from scubadiving...

    Sent fra min GT-I9300 via Tapatalk
    Mike.D likes this.
  2. clownfishsydney

    clownfishsydney Contributor

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Sydney Australia
    Also not helped by the fact that some idiots appear to have been using the wharf where they started the swim from (a very good scuba diving site as well) to catch sharks. I saw a photo that appears to show them with a great white that they had caught. Probably using chum to attract the sharks as well.
  3. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Santa Catalina Island, CA
    The accounts I read earlier mentioned nothing about human remains being found and I questioned (based on that) whether it was indeed a shark. However, if this new (to me) information is correct, I'd probably have to agree that it was a shark-related death. Of course that does not change my opinion about the "value" of this shark culling program.

    By the way, what do they do with the shark carcasses from the cull? Drop them in the ocean to attract other sharks?

    Nice video, Pete!
  4. gee13

    gee13 Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Perth, West Australia and Bali
    My research has shown that the rate of attacks in Queensland increased after their drum lining /bait programs in 50s. Whether this is causal or correlational would remain to be seen. But one things for sure that they have had more shark deaths than WA without a program. Now my theory was that shark attacks would increase after the culling program. Simply because they are culling the wrong sharks...tigers, makos, blacktips. And when the migratory GWS comes in to the region during season and inspect whats going on.. the odd human engaging in higher risk water activity may suffer from the odd exploratory/mistaken identity bite. I premise this on evidence of human remains in nearly every related death. Foxfish of course would not understand that incidences are isolated. GWS are highly migratory between vast oceanic spaces. You might as well hedge your bets that one in South Africa right now may be in South Australia by winter.. therefore such preposterous notions are rendered not valid in the 'real world. In the delusional world thats another discussion...
  5. bowlofpetunias

    bowlofpetunias Oh no, not again! ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Sydney Australia
    This was a strange event. Gleened from TV reports and broadcast interviews with the husband. A group of people who regularly swim at this site including the woman and her husband were doing their "normal" 8am surface swim. They spotted a shark and turned back for shore. Nobody saw her "taken" by the shark. Partial human remains were found. Her goggles and some "swim gear" were recovered from the bottom where she was last seen. Husband states that "She died doing something she loved. It was so quick she didn't suffer. She wouldn't have known what hit her the was she was consumed" Probably words for his own comfort. Another case of a NON DIVER taken.

    Police interviewed on TV said "an independent witness" saw a large shark swimming in the area at the time. Strange that they were talking about it being a Bronze Whaler Shark. I haven't heard of them being that dangerous:idk:
  6. Foxfish

    Foxfish Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Perth, Australia
    The most recent article on the shark attack in the local rag states the following:

    The report implies that police have verified the human remains they found were those of the missing diver and the injuries or marks on the body were the result of shark bites ie. the man or his corpse was attacked by a shark(s).

    The comments of family are telling and relevant to this thread.


    Sounds familiar.
  7. Hank49

    Hank49 Contributor

    I saw a Discovery Channel or Nat Geo show that suggested dead shark or shark parts may actually be a shark deterrent. From a boat they chummed in sharks using normal fish and fish parts etc. When a number of sharks appeared and were swimming around the boat, they dumped in some dead shark parts and in a hot second, all the sharks bugged out. Like they knew their own dead and didn't want any part of it.
  8. boulderjohn

    boulderjohn Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Boulder, CO
    Explain why you decided to turn a surface swimmer into a diver.
    T.C. likes this.
  9. Tigerman

    Tigerman Contributor

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Norway
    I think we all know the answer to that...
  10. fbk

    fbk Contributor

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Western Australia
    I think you are getting confused with another incident. The one referred to above was indeed a diver who failed to surface: http://www.scubaboard.com/forums/ac...-diver-missing-near-mandurah-australia-2.html

    Wingy's reponse to Foxfish pretty much sums things up as they stand currently... anything else is pure speculation until a coroners report is released but in my opinion what is most likely to have happened is that he became stuck under a ledge or in a hole, then found some days later by which time there had been shark bite injuries inflicted.

    You won't hear that from Foxfish though... after all, our caves and swimthroughs are harmless, and sharks are all deadly maneaters.

    All that aside, what a sad incident for the family. My condolences to them, RIP Michael

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