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Rescue the surfer .... leave the photographer for the sharks!
Old 07-24-2015   #1
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Talking Rescue the surfer .... leave the photographer for the sharks!

They rescued the surfer and his fellow surfing mate .... but left the photographer for the sharks. LINK

My conclusion ..... photographers obviously aren't that important! LOL
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Does this mean that our life insurance premiums will have to be raised?
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If there were a great white in the water, it's more dangerous to be on a surf board than treading water (like the photographer). The shark can confuse the surfer with a seal more easily.

Important rules when diving with sharks:

1) Be vertical. Sharks rarely see prey that is vertical in the water column, it makes the prey look larger and is confusing to the shark.
2) The surface of the water is the most dangerous place to be.
3) Don't have anything white. Wear black gloves.
4) Most attacks statistically happen at dawn or dusk.

Typically sharks don't want to eat humans. That's the reason that most shark attacks have survivors. Often they'll come for a bite, then get confused because it's not their typical meal, and then leave you alone. If the shark really wanted you for his dinner, he would finish the job without hesitation.
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I have an article published on point (1) listed above.
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"Typically sharks don't want to eat humans."

God forbid, but if I see one the next time I am in the ocean (next week), I will be sure to remind him.
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I have an article published on point (1) listed above.
Raid - Is it a paper copy or do you have a link? That was one thing about sharks I hadn't heard before.
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I have 6 or 7 articles in peer reviewed journals with Erich Ritter.
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"Typically sharks don't want to eat humans."

God forbid, but if I see one the next time I am in the ocean (next week), I will be sure to remind him.
A problem is that sharks may take out a big chunk of flesh in a "nibble"! Good luck making it back safely to shore if bitten far off the shore.
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Effect of Human Body Position on the Swimming Behavior of Bull Sharks, Carcharhinus leucas



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Society and Animals 20 (3):225-235 (2012)

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This study tested whether human body orientation can influence the behavior of bull sharks by examining sharks’ approach distances from a person positioned vertically or horizontally in the water. Results showed that bull sharks, Carcharhinus leucas, kept a significantly greater distance when the test subject was standing in chest-deep water with his head above water versus lying on the ocean floor. Furthermore, larger bull sharks in the immediate area withdrew when the subject entered the water

Keywords shark-human interaction bull shark fear shark attack human activity
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USA Today article on sharks
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USA Today article on sharks

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/n...spots/4569177/
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Lunar System and Shark Attacks

Do Lunar Cycles Influence Shark Attacks?

The Open Fish Science Journal, 2013, 6: 71-74

Erich Ritter , Raid Amin , Aletheia Zambesi

Shark Research Institute/ Florida Office, 5970 Osprey Place, Pensacola, FL 32504, USA.

Electronic publication date 30/10/2013
[DOI: 10.2174/1874401X01306010071]


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One recurring factor seemingly causing an increase in shark attacks is lunar cycles, especially the full moon. However, the potential association between shark attacks and lunar cycles has never been verified. Our results show that a correlation between shark attacks and moon cycles does not statistically exist. With no correlation between shark attack rates―independent of people's activities―and lunar cycles found, we also applied the same statistical procedures to surfer incidents only. The reasoning for narrowing the attacks to those on surfers was as follows: (1) Surfers indicate the best conditions to surf exist during the full and new moon. (2) Surfers are more exposed to shark attacks than non-surfers. However, as with the initial results, shark attacks involving surfers did not show any correlation to lunar cycles, neither did those involving non-surfers. These results indicate that potential triggers for shark attacks need to be studied in a more pragmatic manner, using, for example, mathematic approaches to test for global phenomena and then individual instances, leaving guess work largely aside.
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Well that totally sucks. Don't think I'll take up surf-board photography any time soon.
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Amazing Raid!

Really interesting papers. Bull sharks are one of the scariest. I've never seen them while diving.

A buddy works as a fisherman in Miami and whenever he dumps the carcasses of fish off the boat after cleaning he always sees them. The docks are one of the most heavily populated place for Bulls.
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This article shows that the Miami coast is a low shark attack coast line. For some reason, shark attacks are very rare close to Miami.

http://uwf.edu/ramin/Documents/Sharks.pdf
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This article shows that the Miami coast is a low shark attack coast line. For some reason, shark attacks are very rare close to Miami.

http://uwf.edu/ramin/Documents/Sharks.pdf
As an east coast surfer in a previous life, I can attest that the low count on south FL shark attacks is because the barracuda scare the sharks away!
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Is there evidence of this, Jeff?
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Is there evidence of this, Jeff?
Other than the winky emoticon and a fading 30 year old scar on my left foot, no!

Oh, and it used to be a popular Bahamian t-shirt slogan back in the day.
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This has to be good enough science!
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