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What Would You Do if You Looked Up and Saw a Great White Shark?

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba' started by Vegan Shark, Mar 26, 2014.

What would you do if you saw a GWS?

  1. Suffer a heart attack

    4 vote(s)
  2. Experience a flooded mask from smiling

    30 vote(s)
  3. Never dive again

    0 vote(s)
  4. Chase after him, hoping for more photos

    29 vote(s)
  5. Stab dive buddy and make a getaway

    12 vote(s)
  6. Permanently soil your wetsuit

    15 vote(s)
  1. ScubaDive4Me

    ScubaDive4Me Registered

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: West Palm Beach
    I'd much rather my encounter to like this where I don't have time to think other than just enjoy the shear terror and beauty at the same time. Shark at min 1:24

    Searcaigh and Wingy like this.
  2. kimbalabala

    kimbalabala Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: St Louis
    My real answer wasn't listed. I'd take a picture and keep an eye on him/her and exit the water cautiously. And I might flood my mask from smiling. There was a time that I would have chased him/her to get a better picture. :)
    raftingtigger likes this.
  3. Atsbits

    Atsbits Registered

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Johannesburg
    +1 for stabbing! Chummed dives always make better videos, and instabuddies make the best chum. Jetfins and Rambo knives were made for just this occasion. The trick is to stab, swim to the edge of good vis distance, watch/record the resulting gorefest, and then beat a hasty retreat masked by a vile, brown cloud emitting from the rear end of the wetsuit (like a squid).
  4. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Dartmouth,NS,Canada(Eastern Passage-Atlantic)
    I voted permanently soiled as this may be the first occurrence. Then I would try to figure the best way to land. I think I've heard that slowly along the bottom may be best. Once in 3 feet of water I would not take off fins, but keep going until in 1 foot of water. I don't think he can get in that far.
  5. Cave Diver

    Cave Diver Divemaster

    I'd curse myself out for not carrying a camera with me. :(
  6. billt4sf

    billt4sf Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Fayetteville GA, Wash DC, NY, Toronto, SF
    Wow, I think that's pretty scary! -- to have a large shark like that head directly for you. I noticed you continued with the dive. Could you tell if it was a (maybe) black tip reef shark, or perhaps something more threatening like a Tiger shark? Oh, your heading says GWS. Silly me.

    You guys looked mighty tasty in those wetsuits !!

    - Bill
  7. seaducer

    seaducer Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: New jersey
    I'd enjoy the experience, and probably chase it for a pic like I've chased tigers and bulls. Regardless of where you are in relation to it, if it wants you there's nothing you can do about it, and that you noticed it at all means you are (probably) safe.
    Nuribromanski likes this.
  8. boulderjohn

    boulderjohn Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Boulder, CO
    Ask this guy:


    His name is Andre Hartman, from South Africa.
  9. Chugwhump

    Chugwhump Contributor

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: SE Florida, the flattest part, I can see Mount Pom
    Why is the option of "Warhammer" not an selection in this poll?

    Thats about what my first reaction would be.
    Followed by awe.
    Then joy to actually be seeing one of these majestic animals.
    Then contemplation of evacuation route.

    Has only seen GW's on the Tee-Vee here in "The South".
    Bob DBF likes this.
  10. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Santa Catalina Island, CA
    Andre Hartman took Jean-Michel Cousteau out to free dive like this with GWS back in the late 1990s or early 2000. I remember him telling me about the experience. Unfortunately, I understand Andrew suffered a heart attack or stroke "recently."

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