Re: Shark attack in Sanoma County, the first place to look for a dive instructor

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Posted by Melvin Pasley on June 04, 2004 at 07:52:08:

In Reply to: Re: Shark attack in Sanoma County posted by DButler on June 02, 2004 at 17:45:02:

A Bang stick? Why on earth you you want one?

Let us look at the facts regarding these magnificent endangered species. Answer the following questions.

How many SCUBA Divers have been attacked by sharks in the past year world wide?
Answer Zero (0).

In 2003 there were 55 recorded unprovoked shark attacks on humans world wide. Of those the attacks were as follows:
Surfers/windsurfers (29 incidents: 54% of cases with victim activity information) were the recreational user groups most often subjected to shark attack in 2003. Other attacks involved swimmers/waders (20: 38%), and divers/snorkelers (3: 6%). One attack (2%) occurred during a water entry event.

Unfortuantly the above lumbs shorkerls and divers together into one group. They should not be since one is on the surfact (favorite hunting spot) and one is at depth.

Since shark attacks on scuba divers are practically none existant world wide, why would you want a bang stick.

Now if you are a surfer or wadder or surface swimmer, you might consider one.

We so rarely even get to see a shark, and when we do they are not usally interested in hurting us.

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