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Lionfish Culler Bitten by Nurse Shark, Grand Cayman

Discussion in 'Cayman Islands' started by KathyV, Sep 1, 2019.

  1. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada Solo Diver Staff Member

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    I don't trivialize them and though amused the time they swam bumping my legs, I was not amused in the least when the nurse shark ducked my finger. I was extremely grateful that it realized its mistake so quickly.

    Neither was I amused the time that I found myself completely straddle a very large nurseshark on a night dive. I was ever so grateful that it seemed not to even notice that I was there at all. Couldn't get myself free fast enough.

    Though I'll admit that it has made for a very entertaining story since then.. yeah, ride 'em :cowboy:
     
  2. Snoweman

    Snoweman Loggerhead Turtle

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    There's a longer video of this guy, but this is what I found. I was told by a dive op that he was kicked off the island for posting. I'll take the flaming, but I don't understand what he did wrong - other than not get bit.

     
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  3. caydiver

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    I don’t think they should be trivialized at all. I am amazed that anyone would basically tease any animal with food and be surprised when that animal continued to try to get at the food. Once the shark was seen to be interested and went so far as to bump the individual carrying the can, common sense have prevailed. Forget about the contest and take other actions. Had it been a surprise attack I would feel totally differently, however when you are ringing the dinner bell and unwanted guests appear and are showing interest, it is time to stop ringing the bell. The sharks and other marine animal are being conditioned by “cullers” to recognize the lionfish as an easy meal. They don’t get the memo saying hey guys, today is a contest so nothing for you. Local restaurants pay good money for lionfish all year around. Making it a game is simply not necessary.
     
  4. KathyV

    KathyV ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I am reminded of this video from a couple of years ago when a Dive Instructor on Cayman Brac pulled out a knife stuck into the head of a nurse shark. He was a local dive professional and it is clear from his actions that he realized the risk of approaching an injured, wild animal. Both the risk of spooking the animal and the risk of injury to himself. I am very glad that he was able to help the poor creature but he was taking a chance.

     
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  5. martincohn

    martincohn Solo Diver

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    Now if someone survived a nurse shark attack and fit this category, now THAT would make an interesting story!

    To hear from someone else.
     
  6. martincohn

    martincohn Solo Diver

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    Littering?
     
  7. drrich2

    drrich2 Solo Diver

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    Maybe triggering shark fear in a destination that gets money from dive tourism? Just a guess, open to other interpretations.
     
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  8. KathyV

    KathyV ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Maybe he wasn't registered or complying with all the rules, lionfish culling practices are regulated in Cayman, see the link below:

    https://www.divetech.com/lionfish
     
  9. caydiver

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    It is not cheap for companies to pay for work permits for any employees. Couple that with the fact that individuals come and may not like it. A small company is out of pocket for the permit, the time getting medical and pension arranged and fined if it isn’t cancelled on a timely basis not to mention replacing the individual. People (unless they are criminals) do not just get tossed off the island whatever industry they are in. Dive ops and other service industry providers would be bankrupted if that was the case.
     

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