Shark bites liveaboard guest

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  1. cappyjon431

    cappyjon431 Scuba Instructor

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    I've participated in over 200 shark feeds with my former employer (while I generally disdain the practice, I always felt the guests would be safer with me in the water than with me out of the water), but never saw anyone come close to getting bit during a feed. I just read the following article:

    Man, 50, bit by shark while diving
    By Macollvie Jean-Fran├žois | Sun-Sentinel.com
    2:32 PM EST, February 24, 2008
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    Digg Del.icio.us Facebook Fark Google Newsvine Reddit Yahoo Print Reprints Text size: FORT LAUDERDALE - A shark bit man diving in the ocean Sunday, prompting a hasty mayday call to the U.S. Coast Guard to come hoist him to a hospital Sunday, the federal agency said.

    The victim, 50, was diving about 50 miles east of Fort Lauderdale beach when the shark bit him about 10 a.m., Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer Nick Ameen said. A crewmember aboard the 70-foot Sheerwater, a commercial diving vessel, put in the mayday call to the Coast Guard.

    The agency immediately launched its HH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter, Ameen said. The rescue crew hoisted the man off the boat and flew him to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami for treatment, Ameen said.




    Ameen did not yet know where on his body the man was bitten, his condition, nor what he was diving to find.

    The Sheerwater is homeported in Riviera Beach.


    Anyone hear of any specific details? I'm very curious is this was a feed or not. Thanks!
     
  2. pir8

    pir8 NAUI Instructor

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    I'm curious to hear some details of what happened also.
     
  3. scorpenesub

    scorpenesub Barracuda

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    Very strange for shark to attack like that.... So fan, new reports on this has been scant...
     
  4. cappyjon431

    cappyjon431 Scuba Instructor

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    Isn't Abernathy doing some type of tiger shark encounter on the Sheerwater now?
     
  5. DandyDon

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    The Surly Mermaid Scuba Instructor

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    Abernathy does cageless Tiger and Hammerhead encounters off of the Shearwater. Based on the schedule on their website they should be in the middle of one right now.

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    Have seen some of the footage from their trips on the Discovery Channel. Amazing stuff, but it does have some inherent risks. Will be interested in seeing the details. Hope the guy is ok.
     
  7. DennisS

    DennisS Great White

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    I got bit by a burro at a petting zoo when I was a kid. Animals bite. What's the big deal.
     
  8. DandyDon

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    On the Explorer out of Exuma, we stopped off at a site that other Ops use for feeds. We circled around the bucket as if, but that Op doesn't feed - the fish didn't fall for it. Did get a few pics of them on the adjacent reef, tho
     

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  10. deco_martini

    deco_martini Deep South DIR

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    From the look of their itineraries, bull sharks aren't the focus of their dives.

    I wonder what went on down there? Shark attacks on submerged divers are so rare that yes, this is a big story.
     
  11. DandyDon

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    I was taught in high school journalism that the first paragraph should cover Who, What, Where, When, How and maybe Why - and the headline should be written from that lead paragraph. Looks like they teach something else now. Some headlines mention a "shark diver" but the story does not.

    If it was a fed dive, then sharks in the area would have been excited by the feeding. We can only speculate at this point how a diver who is supposed to be kneeling on the bottom as in my first pic about could have been bitten in the leg?
     
  12. ronscuba

    ronscuba Loggerhead Turtle

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    Call me a wimp, but I wouldn't want to dive an area known for Bull & Tiger sharks, never mind an active feeding. These sharks have a reputation for being a lot more aggressive than Caribbean Reef sharks. Having seen numerous videos of feeds in Bahamas/Florida with Bulls & Tigers, I think the reputation is warranted. Divers being bumped, cameras being used to fend off sharks, night dives with Tiger sharks, etc.. Definitely not for me and way more dangerous than the Caribbean Reef shark feed I went on in Roatan.

    Hopefully the person involved is OK and will not have any permanent damage.
     
  13. diver 85

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  14. MarkUK

    MarkUK Scuba Media & Publications

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    Not all shark feeds require the diver to remain kneeling on the bottom while it is going on.

    Mark
     
  15. ONESPEED

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    We should not be speculating about anything. Speculation is far too common in dive accidents, we need to wait until the facts come out to analyze this incident. Now is no time for speculation. Let's just hope the diver has a full recovery at this point in time.
     
  16. robint

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    ditto.......... having friends who have done the Shearwater trips, they do NOT do the typical shark feed. It is a full week of chumming the water and divers getting in and out of the boat as the sharks show up. They do one dive at "tiger beach" where they have good luck bringing in tiger sharks. The main reason people do this trip is for photography of sharks. No one is in a circle knealing in the sand. All divers are swimming around shooting photos and videos. I have seen lots of photos where the sharks are actually bumping or mouthing cameras. These aren't little sharks either. Don't get me wrong, I would love to do this trip. I love sharks. But all things considered, there are going to be "incidents" where someone does get hurt.

    I am looking forward to hearing details of what actually happened.

    robin:D
     
  17. seaurchin

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    You don't see the DEP or any other wildlife service promoting the feeding of bears, alligators, crocs etc so why feed sharks...any where. People + food = food. I know science isn't strong in Florida's curriculum but doesn't anyone remember Ivan Pavlov?
     
  18. robint

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    as far as I have heard, the Shearwater does not "feed", they chum the water bringing the sharks in. Not that it is any better, but the sharks aren't being fed, per say.

    I have been on a shark feed, wasn't impressed, I liked the sharks swimming around free and not spun up by the food. I was interesting to watch their behavior to see how much they change when food is introduced, so I am glad I did it once.

    robin:D
     
  19. DandyDon

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    Yeah, we hear that argument on this forum, except - we seldom get the facts. Providers and foreign governments don't like to release them - bad for business. Not trying to convict anyone here, just uncover what we can to learn from the accident. Seems to have helped already...
    I love sharks, but I wouldn't do that trip after reading that, TY!
    The state of Florida banned feeding sharks and other fishes some years ago...
     
  20. ONESPEED

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    So your argument is because we "seldom get the facts" it's o.k. to speculate? You can't possibly be serious. I'm also curious to know how your speculation, or any speculation for that manner has "helped".
     
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