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(Mother Nature Network)   If you really want to avoid getting eaten by a shark, you just need to wear a swimsuit patterned like a venomous fish. Or, alternatively, don't go into the ocean   (mnn.com) divider line 16
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2013-07-04 09:51:19 AM
Interesting read. We were just talking about that the other night over beers. Make wetsuits with bright colors and funky patterns to a shark would not confuse you with a seal or sea lion.
 
2013-07-04 10:09:28 AM
Why is it again that we don't destroy all species of shark? Is it because then we'd have too many otters, is that it?
 
2013-07-04 10:23:40 AM
next fark headline:  Man raped by Lionfish.
 
2013-07-04 10:24:09 AM

SevenizGud: Why is it again that we don't destroy all species of shark? Is it because then we'd have too many otters, is that it?


Yes.

On a slightly saner note, I've heard good things about detering sharks with electrical fields. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protective_Oceanic_Device">http://en.wik ipedia.org/wiki/Protective_Oceanic_Device
 
2013-07-04 11:58:17 AM
studies have shown that most oceangoers have at some point swam within 10 feet of a shark without knowing it

I'd like to see that study, sounds interesting. It's always on my mind, whenever I swim out from the safety of the shore, to the dark blue depths, that anything could be within 10 feet of me, a shark, a jellyfish, a squid, a Cthulu, or even a used condom. Just have to put it out of mind.
 
2013-07-04 12:11:43 PM

Slaxl: studies have shown that most oceangoers have at some point swam within 10 feet of a shark without knowing it

I'd like to see that study, sounds interesting. It's always on my mind, whenever I swim out from the safety of the shore, to the dark blue depths, that anything could be within 10 feet of me, a shark, a jellyfish, a squid, a Cthulu, or even a used condom. Just have to put it out of mind.


When I was about 15 I was on holiday in Portugal and we rented a boat and went out into the blue to swim. I was in the water for about 10 minutes when I felt something touch my leg. It wasn't a shark, but I got the fark out of the water. Anyways, I have the same exact thoughts when I go swimming in the ocean now but I try not to think about it.
 
2013-07-04 12:41:48 PM

Lego_Addict: Slaxl: studies have shown that most oceangoers have at some point swam within 10 feet of a shark without knowing it

I'd like to see that study, sounds interesting. It's always on my mind, whenever I swim out from the safety of the shore, to the dark blue depths, that anything could be within 10 feet of me, a shark, a jellyfish, a squid, a Cthulu, or even a used condom. Just have to put it out of mind.

When I was about 15 I was on holiday in Portugal and we rented a boat and went out into the blue to swim. I was in the water for about 10 minutes when I felt something touch my leg. It wasn't a shark, but I got the fark out of the water. Anyways, I have the same exact thoughts when I go swimming in the ocean now but I try not to think about it.


That was me, sorry.

When I was a kid I got on a pedalo with my brothers, we pedalled some way out, then decided to dive to the bottom of the sea. My brothers both did it, and being the youngest I had to, so down I went, as I went down I opened my eyes, stupidly, but saw something moving in the distance, it was quite clear water so it was some way off, but moving side to side, as it propelled itself with its tailfin, I realised it was a shark. Scared the bejeezus out of me, I rushed back up, got out of the water whereupon my brothers mocked me for failing to touch the bottom and didn't believe my story as it was a convenient excuse :(

/CSB.
 
2013-07-04 01:33:28 PM

mrlewish: next fark headline:  Man raped by Lionfish.


A Fark Geek  lionfish trifecta is in play.
 
2013-07-04 01:38:30 PM

no icon tact: mrlewish: next fark headline:  Man raped by Lionfish.

A Fark Geek  lionfish trifecta is in play.


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set condition lionfish through out the ship!
 
2013-07-04 05:31:01 PM
Meanwhile, more people are killed by toilets than sharks.
 
2013-07-04 06:52:20 PM

wildcardjack: Meanwhile, more people are killed by toilets than sharks.


Well thats just crappy
 
2013-07-04 09:55:16 PM
I say this in every shark thread, but really, sharks don't eat people much. I'm in Hawaii, before I was in Florida, shark live here but it won't stop me from going in the water.

I'm more likely to die on the way to the beach of through SWB (drowning). Sharks are not a big deal. I will respectfully exit the water if I see a giant tiger shark, though. Not seen any yet.
 
2013-07-05 01:42:43 AM
I thought this was tried a while back and found out to not be true. I remember seeing a long while ago a program where they had food inside wetsuits with different patterns and if I recall correctly it didn't make a bit of difference. The original thinking was sharks would avoid venomous sea snakes so stripes would repel sharks.
 
2013-07-05 02:08:35 AM

adamatari: sharks don't eat people much


No but that's not comforting when they confuse you with a seal and give you a little nibble because you still get to bleed to death.  According to something I read the majority of bites in Australia are young sharks who don't have the ability to eat you anyway, and are still learning what is edible and what's not.  Again, not comforting when you're bleeding out in the ocean.

I say any human who goes in the water is fair game.  It's the risk you accept when you go into another apex predator's environment for fun.  The shark isn't to blame.  It's just a shark.
 
2013-07-05 10:20:22 AM

Odoriferous Queef: Interesting read. We were just talking about that the other night over beers. Make wetsuits with bright colors and funky patterns to a shark would not confuse you with a seal or sea lion.


---- Actually that wasn't much of a help....
Back in the 80's there were surfing wetsuits trimmed with "yum-yum yellow."
I myself had a dark blue wetsuit and got nose-nudged, but I couldn't help it.... I had glassy waves all to myself after sunset.
 
2013-07-05 03:50:20 PM

Slaxl: studies have shown that most oceangoers have at some point swam within 10 feet of a shark without knowing it

I'd like to see that study, sounds interesting. It's always on my mind, whenever I swim out from the safety of the shore, to the dark blue depths, that anything could be within 10 feet of me, a shark, a jellyfish, a squid, a Cthulu, or even a used condom. Just have to put it out of mind.


Most shark attacks happen in waist high water. You need to start putting it out of your mind sooner :-)
 
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