Re: Re: Re: Shark Shield

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Posted by pasley on September 14, 2005 at 09:14:44:

In Reply to: Re: Re: Shark Shield posted by B9muse on September 14, 2005 at 08:42:16:

The question is "Why would a SCUBA DIVER need one?" Swimmers, surfers, waders, snorkels might as they are in the most common attack zone for shark attacks. Shark attacks on divers at recreational depths are not real common. http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/sharks/scuba/Depth/Depth.htm

Divers have made up less than approximately 5% of the shark attack victims in the years 2000-2004. http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/sharks/scuba/Activity/Activity.htm

In 2004 the numbers look like this:
Swimmers/waders (25 incidents: 41% of cases with victim activity information) and surfers/windsurfers (24: 39%) were the recreational user groups most often involved in shark attacks in 2003. Less affected were divers/sorcerers (8: 13%). One (2%) attack occurred during a water entry event and in three (5%) attacks the activity of the victim was not ascertained. Note in the summary, they lump snorkels with divers.

So would I dive with someone wearing a shark repellant device, I guess so. But seeing a shark is such a rare occurrence, that I don't feel it necessary. Most sharks stay well away. Except the leopard shark that was on a collision course with my buddy one day in June. When my buddy looked up (when I tapped him and motioned to look straight ahead at our depth), the shark was about 18 inches from this head, and turned tail (when dive buddy let out a rather large stream of bubbles) and swam away. I watched the whole thing, it was very funny, but my dive buddy may have a different perspective.


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