The Thing About Sharks and Scuba Diving

Shark Attacks are not common

Shark Attacks are not common

It’s not something you’d want to piss of when you’re deep down under. Because if you do, it can take a huge chunk out of you. Hell, it can even end your life! It has a face personified by terror. It may sound like I am talking about Miley Cyrus, but I am not. Today, we’re gonna learn more about sharks and how not to end up in their gastric system.

Why fear Sharks?

Hum with me for a sec. “Du Rum. Du Rum. Du Rum Du Rum DU RUM DU RUM!” Sounds familiar? It should sound familiar. The release of the movie Jaws in 1975 largely contributed to a common fear of sharks. But is that fear justified and rational? Let us observe some facts as we try to answer this question.

There have been a recorded total of 2200+ shark attacks in the last 430 years. That’s an average five shark attacks per year. You have a better chance of getting hit by lightning or running into a sober Lindsay Lohan or hearing Sarah Palin say something intelligent. Out of those five shark attacks annually, only one of them is usually fatal. Statistically, it is more dangerous to be careless in a bathtub than to go diving with sharks. Did you know that it is illegal for donkeys to sleep in bathtubs in Arizona? Just sayin’.

Though there are 360 species of sharks that roam the seas, only four of them are frequent to engage in physical and violent contact with human beings. These four are the tiger shark, the bull shark, the whitetip shark, and the great white shark. Decide to dive in areas without these species and you can start worrying more about those damn lightning bolts.

Has the media exaggerated the potential dangers of sharks? Yes, people do die from shark attacks, but have you ever wondered what the opposite has to offer. Did you know that humans kill millions of sharks each year? The Philippines contains 20 of the world’s most endangered sharks.

How can we be safe without being dangerous?

If Chuck Norris was a scuba diver, and if he was attacked buy a shark, the shark would end up being attacked by Chuck Norris. That is not right. Scuba diver, remember that we are only visiting the oceans, the home of the sharks. To prevent fatalities on both sides, we must learn how maintain peace while diving. You don’t have to have Mr. Norris on speed dial to feel safe.

Sharks usually feed themselves by night. Go diving at nighttime and the chance of you seeing the sunrise might become a bit less bright. Ask yourself, “Would I go skydiving in the middle of a fog?” Of course you won’t. So would you go scuba diving in murky waters where you can’t see the potential predators around you? Of course not!

Next: Avoid wearing anything shiny because it attracts sharks.

Also: if other sea creatures start to flee at the same time, flee with them because sharks may be nearby.

And now for my final thoughts, I give you the most obvious ones. It is bad for the scuba diver to bleed in the seas. Like politicians, Sharks can smell innocent blood. Once an injury has been sustained, get out of the water. For the women, I type this in all sincerity and seriousness. If your beautiful uterus is feeling “weird” on the day of scuba diving, my friendly advice is that you skip your diving plans and take a quiet and safe nap. I shall leave it at that.

It would become a great pleasure for me if this post contributed in making the ocean a better place both for humans and sharks. It is said that the more you know about something, the more you can get along with it. And so, I end this post with a quote from a guy named Dave, who gives a great insight on the nature of sharks.

“Sharks are as tough as those football fans who take their shirts off during games in Chicago in January, only more intelligent.” –Dave Barry

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  1. Great White Sharks are magnificent creatures. Thank you for this great post.

  2. Thx for the post and the statistics. But are you serious – would you really flee, if there was a shark around? I´d rather stay calm and watch this great creature, but hey, everybody should get it his way 😉

  3. Whaddya mean you wouldn't go diving at night!? One of the most enjoyable kinds of diving IMO!

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