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Off-topic Discussion moved from Diver Missing in the Bahamas thread

Discussion in 'Shark Forum!' started by TampaScuba, Jul 21, 2014.

  1. TampaScuba

    TampaScuba Barracuda

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Tampa, FL
    Anything new on this?

    A dive buddy was out this weekend around st. pete area and had a tiger shark 5 feet from him on the surface when he was about to get in the boat. He got lucky.
  2. wspalding

    wspalding Barracuda

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Grafton, MA
    I understand being a little apprehensive about having a curious tiger shark visiting during a safety stop, but that doesn't mean a bite was imminent. I'm not sure if I would characterize that as being lucky he wasn't injured.

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    Last edited: Jul 21, 2014
  3. Doug Kahle

    Doug Kahle Angel Fish

    # of Dives:
    Location: West Palm Beach
    The diver who was bit and died in February 2008 was bit on his calve by a Bull Shark. He was laying on his stomach, with his legs spread, and his face glued to his camera. He was also laying right next to the bait crates.

    One should avoid doing all of the aforementioned.

    The sharks are always watching your eyes; they know that if they can't see your eyes that means you can't see them. If you put your camera up to your face, you better make sure there are no sharks behind you. Ideally, the photographer needs to learn how to shoot blind, i.e., by not looking through the camera.

    The bite was not violent; I don't believe the bottom teeth went in; only the top teeth; but, obviously, if a shark bites you even "gently" in the wrong spot, you will bleed to death quickly.

    Everyone knows the risk.

    And, eventually, someone will get bit in Florida during a shark feed and die. It's inevitable, just like at least one diver will die in 7 to 10 days during mini-season; a diver will get run over by a boat again; a spearo will get bit or shot again; a para-sailer will die again; surfers will continue to get bit; a motorcycle rider will die within the next 10 days somewhere between Jupiter and Miami; planes will crash; and so on......
  4. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Cave Country!
    He's not the only one, Dan. I saw that John Russell has been using this unfortunate incident to further his jihad against Emerald Charters.

    Were you bitten? Are you still spear fishing?

    Here's the thing. Most people want to stop others from having fun and yet ignore their impact. It's my humble opinion that the hundreds of spear fishermen do more to affect shark behavior than the few shark feeders. The spearos that want to stop shark feeding don't seem willing to stop their own activities. The hypocrisy is palpable.
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  5. danvolker

    danvolker Dive Shop

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Lake Worth, Florida, United States
    This whole Shark Diving evolution has caught many of us by surprise......and it has challenged many of our long time assumptions....challenged the Folk Wisdom or long accepted stereotypes....
    Even very long time divers like myself, that have waded in to this issue deeply, have been forced to experience first hand that the ideas we held for decades, were just plain wrong.

    As you no doubt remember, I was pretty obnoxious about Randy and his ideas on Shark feeding dives....but on getting much more deeply involved in this issue, you and everyone else saw me change my position, apologize to Randy, and then maintain an entirely different stance from then on.

    I don't know John Russell, but I think it would help to get all the facts in plain view.....and if John would like to see how Jim runs a shark dive, I imagine that would be easy enough for me to arrange. And while Jim uses a different procedure than does Randy, Jim was one of the first experts to tell me I was dead wrong in suggesting that Randy was endangering people.

    I can't say I recall reading any of John Russell's negative posts....???

    ---------- Post added July 23rd, 2014 at 10:33 AM ----------

    OK...I just pulled John Russell up on Facebook.....he and his Florida Association of Diving Instructors ( who are these guys?) appear to be on a mission against Shark diving.
    And just as apparent, John is still using fictitious accounts of the incident to stir up others that don't like shark diving.

    After reading about 20 of his posts, the only thing I am surprised at, is that he did not just say that Randy and Jimmy have had hundreds of divers killed during their shark dives.....it would be a really powerful claim, and since we can see he could care less about being truthful, it would make sense for him to say this ! :)

    " These guys have killed dozens of divers.....no, hundreds of divers.....no, thousands of divers...yeah, thousands of divers...that's the ticket, they've killed thousands of divers on their shark feeds!" Pathological Liar from Saturday Night Live. See this, and read future posts by John Russell or Neil Watson of the Bahamian Diving Association -- with this in mind :)

    [video=youtube_share;pkYNBwCEeH4]http://youtu.be/pkYNBwCEeH4[/video] http://youtu.be/pkYNBwCEeH4
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2014
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  6. muzikbiz22

    muzikbiz22 Manta Ray

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Southern California
    Just took a look at Florida Association of Diving Instructors on FB, myself One would think that it would be a resource for Dive Instructors. It appears to be anything but.
  7. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Cave Country!

    For more on John Russell's jihad against shark feeders and Emerald Charters, please go and participate here: https://www.linkedin.com/groupItem?...oups_most_popular-0-b-ttl&goback=.gmp_1791499 Given that I think he has done so much harm to our community and sport, I have personally banned him from ScubaBoard. He is only the second to get that attention from me in the history of ScubaBoard. He has tried to get me kicked out of NASE, SDI and NAUI. Of course, I already left NAUI and the good people at NASE called to give me a heads up about his actions. He has solicited others to try and get me kicked out too and a few of them have contacted me with the actual emails. 2 phunni. Everyone who has contacted me about him laughs about his feeble attempts.

    FWIW, it appears that FADI was created when Russell was kicked out of PADI. I don't know if it was temporary or permanent, but he's still pretty pissed about it. :D He's a legend only in his own mind as far as I am concerned.

    A tragic note on this... two years ago the headlines right after mini season here in the Keys read: "No One Died!" How about that for a condemnation of mini season? Yet, the boats need the business so it will continue.
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  8. Grouperdawg

    Grouperdawg Angel Fish

    Holy crap you are defensive, I am not on a crusade to make spearfishing or shark feeding illegal. I was simply pointing out some of the messages on this topic here insinuate that sharks never attack humans, if they do it's just one bite, and that shark feedings are completely safe. I hope someone contemplating a shark dive at least gets another point of view before making up their minds.

    I am not a spearo which I assume is someone who spear fishes a lot, I would pole spear once a summer with snorkel in the Bahamas while on vacation which was a lot of fun and have learned from my own ignorance and mistakes I made.

    Yes I hope he knew the risk, I hope for his sake and his family nobody told him that shark feedings are "not dangerous at all" and he made an informed decision.

    i would recommend you visit sharkattacksurvivors.com , I'm not saying you have to buy into their philosophy but at least get another perspective, shark attacks may be more common than you would think. The 2008 death would not be counted as a shark death in the numbers bc the attack was "provoked" (shark feeding) which is why some believe the ISAF data understates the number of shark attacks. Shark attacks happen every week.

    Okay you completely disagree that he was attacked by a shark, I agree that there are a number of scenarios that could have played out, maybe you are right. IMO it is more likely a shark from what I know of what has been released, Would you ar least admit it is possible he was simply attacked by a shark?

    Geeze, I did not bring up the Indianapolis, somebody else did and I was responding to their analysis of the shark attacks on corpses, etc. with a first hand account which I thought was pretty interesting.

    the motorcycle thing, really : )
  9. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Cave Country!
    Florida is the only state with an anti-feeding law and currently it surpasses the WORLD in numbers of shark attacks: 24 last year. Over half of these attacks happen to surfers and none, zero and nada happened to any scuba diver. In fact, it would appear that there are many, many close calls happening to spearos... https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=sharks+spearfishing It's my opinion that most who oppose shark feedings do so out of simple hysteria, pettiness or professional jealousy. Those are the things you simply don't want to base public policy or science on.
  10. Doug Kahle

    Doug Kahle Angel Fish

    # of Dives:
    Location: West Palm Beach
    When I encounter these people who claim that sharks are approaching divers, the discussion ends pretty quickly. First, I tell them that I will give them $1,000 if they can get a shark to come close enough to me for a great pic without a dead or wounded fish (excluding nurse sharks, barracudas, and sand tigers in North Carolina). Second, I ask them to identify the dive site because I want to dive there to see if for myself.

    They quickly stfu.

    People don't understand that it is not easy getting a shark to come close even with a crate of dead, bloody fish. To this day, I have only one "acceptable" pic of a Bull Shark because I can't get them close enough to me. Great Hammers and Sandbar Sharks are very difficult to get close to; and, if one does decide to come close, it usually does one or two passes then moves on. We are having better luck feeding them while snorkeling with them; apparently, because they don't like the bubbles; but, still not easy and most are still not coming in close enough.

    Most Tigers we encounter are too shy to come close enough. We see them on the perimeter, or, they give us one quick fly-by and we never see them again.

    Also, the study by Neil Hammerschlag and the U of Miami demonstrated that feeding Tigers had no impact on their migration. Thus, why did the Tigers not stay at Tiger Beach where they can obtain easy food? Why are they not staying in the area with the divers that are feeding them?

    Also, this past Lemon Shark migration in Palm Beach County demonstrated that we had 20 to 30 Lemon Sharks for a couple months. Then, suddenly, they all disappeared. They left us and continued on their migration. Again, why did they not stay with the divers who were feeding them?

    In conclusion, you expect me to believe that these very same sharks that I cannot get close to with a crate of bloody dead fish are approaching divers who have no dead fish? Bull****! Bull****! Bull****! Again, I got a $1,000 for you if you can get one close to me without a dead fish or wounded fish.

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