Sharks.

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#2
There is quite a bit of evidence to suggest that sharks (whites anyway) often take a nibble and decide you ain't a seal so ain't worth the effort (they need the body fat you see...). Google a few shark attacks and the ratio of single bite attacks is much higher than the "man dragged off to sea and gobbled whole" type attacks. Of course, their nibbles still kill you if an artery or major organ gets sampled.
 
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RTFQ said:
There is quite a bit of evidence to suggest that sharks (whites anyway) often take a nibble and decide you ain't a seal so ain't worth the effort (they need the body fat you see...). Google a few shark attacks and the ratio of single bite attacks is much higher than the "man dragged off to sea and gobbled whole" type attacks. Of course, their nibbles still kill you if an artery or major organ gets sampled.
In the words of Andy Pipkin "Yeah, I know", but I still wouldn't want to be one of the data points for this on-going study.
 
#5
Agent_Smith said:
The crocodile has not yet been caught and police advised people to take extra precautions if swimming in the area.
I'd be doing what steve Irwin does - swim behind him, pulling his tail and speaking in a fcukwit accent to his annoying, yet mucky-looking, wife. Or dive on the fecker from a perfectly good boat, wrap him in a blanket and carry him under your arm to the pub to show your mates.
 
#6
I was in Oz a couple of years back and getting ready to go to work. I had the telly switched on for a bit of background noise listening to the antipodean version of GMTV.

This article came on about a shark attack up in the surfing region and this (aussie) bloke had a tete-a-tete with a great white. It took a chunk out of his board and another lump out of his lower calf. Naturally he had to go to hospital, where they interviewed him.

He was really displeased that he'd missed out on half a days surfing due to the inconvenience of having his leg stitched back together. When asked if he would consider surfing again he came out with 'of course mate, it was only playing'. Lunatics - the lot of them.

I'd sum up my own feeling on the subject by quoting Billy Connoly:

[broad mid Atlantic/Glaswegian drawl]

'there's only two things that terrify me when I'm swimming in the sea; that's sharks fins and toilet paper'

[/broad mid Atlantic/Glaswegian drawl]
 
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The water at Groote can be interesting. Thirty years ago I was there briefly and the locals said "There's the sea snake season and the sea wasp season - no sharks though, the crocs got them"
 

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Dzerzhinskiey said:
And the reason why cage diving should be banned.....

GANSBAAI, South Africa (21 Mar 2005) -- After baiting and provoking a great white shark to attack an underwater cage that encloses thrill-seeking tourists, a shark cage diving operator brutually mutilated the animal for damaging his buoy and sinking the cage.

Not to be outdone by TV adventure show host Nigel Marven and shark entertainer Erich Ritter, UK tabloids picked up the story describing the incident in terms of heroic and courageous humans overpowering a gigantic killer beast.

"I was in the water and this big shark circled me twice before it started attacking and crushing the side of the cage, then the captain was hitting it on the head with an iron pole," exclaimed Mark Currie, a 32-year-old tourist.

"I was holding on to the cage trying to survive and the shark nearly bit my arm off," Currie told reporters.

When asked which arm he nearly lost in the attack, Currie, clearly overwhelmed by the "spine-tingling excitement of shark cage diving", could not remember, nor was he treated for injuries after the incident.

The boat captain, a five-year shark feeding veteran, declined to comment on the incident other than to complain that before he started hitting the shark with an iron pole, the animal "viciously and deliberately damaged" one of his buoys and sank his shark diving cage.

"I think the captain was rather angry because he had to buy a new cage for the boat trips," Currie explained.

In the wake of shark attacks that injured surfers, killed swimmers and terrorized tourists in South Africa's beach resort areas, the shark cage diving industry in South Africa has come under fire for endangering public safety and harassing marine wildlife.

In 2001, shark feeding was banned in Florida, the Cayman Islands and Hawaii after a two-year battle between environmentalists and a dive industry coalition led by PADI and DEMA, which oppose government regulations aimed at protecting public safety and marine wildlife.
What's the source of that info Dzerzhinskiey ?
 

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No worries, thanks for the link.
 
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GANSBAAI, South Africa (21 Mar 2005) -- After baiting and provoking a great white shark to attack an underwater cage that encloses thrill-seeking tourists, a shark cage diving operator brutually mutilated the animal for damaging his buoy and sinking the cage.
Well if that did happen then its completely unacceptable and should be banned. But this is not what usually happens during shark diving trips with reputable operators. The shark is not encouraged to attack the underwater cage in any way…

Some people would argue that feeding the sharks increases their population and exposes swimmers/surfers in the area to greater to risk… I’m no marine biologist but I’m very sceptical about this because throughout the entire day the boat only feeds a couple of tuna to the sharks… not very much relative to the quantities of scrumptious seal around…

The only thing I’d change it to maybe make the divers invisible to the shark… just in case they make the connection SWIMMER = FOOD… Also, I think some of the cages have sharp edges which could hurt sharhy but that’s easily rectified.

Overall, anything that teaches humans a bit more about the marine environment, whether its watching a boring documentary or going for a dip with one, can’t be all that bad?

Tricam.
 
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I was in Oz two years ago over Christmas and the headline in the local paper read:

"Croc Kills Man, Stalks Mates"

So three blokes ooop north had been trail riding and decided to wash their bikes off in the stream. Bad idea - feck off big salt water crocodile does for one of them and chases the other two up a tree and waited for them.....got bored and stalked off some hours later

Just in case you thought from the headline that it had taken an unhealthy emotional interest in one of them and had taken to calling in the middle of the night etc...

http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/12/23/1071941726873.html?from=storyrhs
 

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#18
Dzerzhinskiey said:
... it will be sharks that suffer.
I don't think they should suffer, but a good extermination is all that sort understand.
 

maninblack

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I can never understand why divers are so stupid with sharks.

There are divers who get bitten by "safe" sharks such as nurse and reef sharks because instructors have shown them how to grab the shark's fin and ride on its back.....then they wonder why a two metre long predator, all be it a fairly placid one, bites them.

Next time you go to the park with the kids, walk up to a golden retriever, grab it round the neck and try and sit on it.

Most of them will struggle and run away but some will turn round and bite your throat out.......would you be surprised at that? So why do they do it to sharks?
 

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