Posted by Jeff Bennett on June 21, 2002 at 16:28:35:
In Reply to: What's the truth about sharks? posted by shirley on June 21, 2002 at 15:43:13:
Well, a lot has to do with the shark itself. Depending on where you plan on diving will have a lot to do as to whether or not a shark thinks that you are a threat, or would make a good lunch. Most species of sharks are more afraid of you than you are of them. Like most creatures in the wild, if you leave them alone, they will leave you alone. A few species are more aggressive than others and probably should be seen from a distance. Any book on sharks will tell you which ones are responsible for the most bites to humans.
Potentially any shark can bite you. IT may feel threatened, or it may mistake you for a prey animal.
I think that the rule of thumb would be, just treat the animal with respect. If you watch from a distance, you are going to be fine.
Lastly, a word of warning. Avoid diving while menstrating if you are afraid of sharks. Sharks can detect a very low concentration of blood in the water, from a very long distance away.
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