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How not to handle an Oceanic White Tip?

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by dianna912, Oct 10, 2019.

  1. Damselfish

    Damselfish Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Boston
    We were snorkeling with a humpback when we ran into one. My husband whacked it on the nose twice with his big camera. Don't know if it was coming back for a third time as hubby got to the boat by then and several people reached down and lifted him out. (He'd finned backwards while facing the shark, while instinctively or accidentally vertical. I had already followed the "you only need to swim faster than your buddy" rule.)

    Flailing hands seem like a really bad idea. It chomped at the Lorna Doones cookies someone threw to it. Dunno why someone thought trying to feed an OWT Lorna Doones was a good idea. Maybe because they were out of the fish scraps they had thrown to it. (Yes they basically chummed with snorkelers in the water, to this day I look back and say WTF?) So not feeding it is a dandy idea. Like that needs to be said. :rolleyes:
  2. Dan

    Dan Orca

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Lake Jackson, Texas
    This’s what DM in Cocos carry to push away Tiger Sharks, a pointy stick with tennis ball on the back of the handle just in case the shark charging at you at full force and the impact momentum makes the stick to bounce back at you, the ball would cushion the impact on your body.

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  3. Dan

    Dan Orca

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Lake Jackson, Texas
    Check this out:

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  4. pauldw

    pauldw Solo Diver

    It has been proven. There were no sharks at all around Warhammer.
  5. BRT

    BRT Giant Squid

    Yes, I was swimming along and came upon a little shark with a black tip on its tail kind of over a rock and below me. Without thinking I reached out and put my fingers on that black tip. The shark scooted away, rotated, and came straight back at me, then veered away and left. I decided not to do that anymore.
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  6. Wingy

    Wingy Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Perth West Aust.
    Guilty also...also without thinking I pushed a black tip reefie out of the way to get a better view of something (sailfish from memory) in the pass at Rangiroa. It flipped out and took off and I too decided to never do that again.
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  7. John Bantin

    John Bantin Dive Shop

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: London
    On the contrary, Oceanic Whitetips follow ships along the restricted shipping lanes of the Red Sea because they DO like poop. It was liveaboards discharging sewage into the water at The Brothers that precipitated last year's bite.
  8. Doc Harry

    Doc Harry Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Appalachia
    Shark didn't look aggressive at all
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  9. Hoyden

    Hoyden Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Rockville, MD
    This is still some of the most amazing shark footage available!
  10. Satrekker

    Satrekker Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Clearwater, FL
    Personally, I would swim at the shark. If it got really close, and my hands were free, I'd redirect it with a hand behind the eyes of the shark. I've never had to do this. They've always peeled off when they got closer as I approached. I know it's easier said than done, but it's really important to maintain control. Freaking out, flailing arms about while sculling is not going to help at all. I think one is more likely to trigger a shark's predatory instinct with that type of activity.
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