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2020-12-02 12:26:46 PM  
Aren't hammerheads mostly curious and not terribly dangerous?
 
2020-12-02 2:38:10 PM  
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2020-12-02 2:42:36 PM  
F stop it, subby
 
2020-12-02 2:44:48 PM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Aren't hammerheads mostly curious and not terribly dangerous?


Nope, aggressive
 
2020-12-02 2:45:33 PM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Aren't hammerheads mostly curious and not terribly dangerous?


That's what I've always heard.  And watching the video, it looks like the shark is just checking out what's going on in his neighborhood and meeting the visitor.  And for all his trouble, he got punched in the face.  It doesn't pay to be a friendly shark.
 
2020-12-02 2:45:38 PM  
""I don't want to be a statistic so next time I need to be more careful and take some more safety precautions and have another diver in the water," he said."

You don't have to able to swim faster than the shark...
 
2020-12-02 2:45:39 PM  
Seems to have nailed it
 
2020-12-02 2:46:58 PM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Aren't hammerheads mostly curious and not terribly dangerous?


They are all mostly curious and not terribly dangerous right up until they decide to see how you taste.

Then they are apex predators and you are not at the top of the food chain.
 
2020-12-02 2:53:01 PM  
sharks in the water, you're in the water, farewell and adieu to you chubby Aussie diver.
 
2020-12-02 2:54:31 PM  
Not exactly the Fatal Frame sequel I was hoping for, but at least the franchise is getting some attention, I suppose.
 
2020-12-02 3:01:00 PM  
Per the reporter, "A GoPro, his only form of protection." I don't know, that pointy speargun in his right hand might be considered some form.
 
2020-12-02 3:01:38 PM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Aren't hammerheads mostly curious and not terribly dangerous?


Do you really care about its motivation while its taking your leg off?


/"He was just curious!" isn't quite as comforting as you might think
 
2020-12-02 3:13:16 PM  
Was that a lure stuck to the hammer head?
 
2020-12-02 3:18:43 PM  

ozman: Per the reporter, "A GoPro, his only form of protection." I don't know, that pointy speargun in his right hand might be considered some form.


That's how you lose your speargun.
 
2020-12-02 3:21:01 PM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Aren't hammerheads mostly curious and not terribly dangerous?


Thats what was said the last thread last week of that hammerhead circling the swimmer in Florida.

Idgaf, a curious bite by a hammerhead is still a sharkbite.  It also just put blood into the ocean where other non-hammerhead sharks are.  Now you have a "curious" bite and need to get to shore.
 
2020-12-02 3:22:39 PM  

Rent Party: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Aren't hammerheads mostly curious and not terribly dangerous?

They are all mostly curious and not terribly dangerous right up until they decide to see how you taste.

Then they are apex predators and you are not at the top of the food chain.


Thats why you show the shark you are at the top of the food chain.  Hammerhead's eyes look mighty tasty and an easy target protruding from their head like that.

Lemme get a taste.  Then pee on it to show it who is boss.
 
2020-12-02 3:26:25 PM  
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2020-12-02 3:32:27 PM  

Excelsior: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Aren't hammerheads mostly curious and not terribly dangerous?

Do you really care about its motivation while its taking your leg off?


/"He was just curious!" isn't quite as comforting as you might think


This is something I've never understood about the research on sharks. We have constantly obsessed over their motivation for decades.

Oh no, mistaken identity... exploratory bite...your silhouette looked like a seal...you were swimming erratically...yadda yadda yadda...

Bears? Crocodiles? Gators? Lions? They were hungry and dangerous and you were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Period.
 
2020-12-02 3:38:32 PM  

Craw Fu: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Aren't hammerheads mostly curious and not terribly dangerous?

That's what I've always heard.  And watching the video, it looks like the shark is just checking out what's going on in his neighborhood and meeting the visitor.  And for all his trouble, he got punched in the face.  It doesn't pay to be a friendly shark.


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2020-12-02 3:49:23 PM  
Apropos of using camera equipment to clear a safety zone around you. I can attest from experience that a pro Nikon SLR swung around by the neck strap makes a very effective melee weapon during a riot.
 
2020-12-02 3:54:03 PM  
But was he able to baptize the shark?
 
2020-12-02 3:57:29 PM  

dkulprit: Rent Party: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Aren't hammerheads mostly curious and not terribly dangerous?

They are all mostly curious and not terribly dangerous right up until they decide to see how you taste.

Then they are apex predators and you are not at the top of the food chain.

Thats why you show the shark you are at the top of the food chain.  Hammerhead's eyes look mighty tasty and an easy target protruding from their head like that.

Lemme get a taste.  Then pee on it to show it who is boss.


I saw a guy get head-butted by a sixgill shark once.   I about crapped in my drysuit.
 
2020-12-02 4:47:00 PM  

Rent Party: dkulprit: Rent Party: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Aren't hammerheads mostly curious and not terribly dangerous?

They are all mostly curious and not terribly dangerous right up until they decide to see how you taste.

Then they are apex predators and you are not at the top of the food chain.

Thats why you show the shark you are at the top of the food chain.  Hammerhead's eyes look mighty tasty and an easy target protruding from their head like that.

Lemme get a taste.  Then pee on it to show it who is boss.

I saw a guy get head-butted by a sixgill shark once.   I about crapped in my drysuit.


He is way more of a man than I am.  Jesus.  I guess if I didn't really have a choice because it is coming right for me I wouldn't have a choice, but I'd never be in that position because I never get more than halfway up my shin into the ocean for that reason.
 
2020-12-02 5:11:36 PM  
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2020-12-02 6:37:22 PM  

dkulprit: Rent Party: dkulprit: Rent Party: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Aren't hammerheads mostly curious and not terribly dangerous?

They are all mostly curious and not terribly dangerous right up until they decide to see how you taste.

Then they are apex predators and you are not at the top of the food chain.

Thats why you show the shark you are at the top of the food chain.  Hammerhead's eyes look mighty tasty and an easy target protruding from their head like that.

Lemme get a taste.  Then pee on it to show it who is boss.

I saw a guy get head-butted by a sixgill shark once.   I about crapped in my drysuit.

He is way more of a man than I am.  Jesus.  I guess if I didn't really have a choice because it is coming right for me I wouldn't have a choice, but I'd never be in that position because I never get more than halfway up my shin into the ocean for that reason.


CDSB Time:

We were on the last day of a five day liveaboard in British Columbia.  We were going to dive Hornby Island to look for sixgills, and then do some other dive I can't remember.   The top of the wall was about 35fsw and the wall dropped off to infinity.  Our plan was to hit about 100fsw and just meander back up the wall and hope Mr. Sixgill made an appearance.

So, being the last day of a pretty heavy diving trip, my body was fairly saturated with nitrogen, and when I hit about 85', I am narced out of my gourd.   So we stop there and start our meander to shallower depths.

Along the wall comes swimming Mr. Sixgill.  About 12 feet of him as he was twice the size of the diver basically pacing him along the wall.   The shark stops swimming and drops his pectoral fins, turns his head towards the wall to see WTF this thing was that was swimming in his blind spot, and hits the dude right in the chest.  It wasn't a hostile move, but in my narced state, all I could think was "Holy shiat, that dude is gonna get eaten!"

So then the fish changes direction.  Right at me.  And all I can think is "Holy shiat, *I'm* gonna get eaten."   Mr.  Sixgill swam directly below me at arms length, and wandered off into the murk.   My dive buddy was losing his mind through his regulator.

We called the dive at that point, go back on the boat and started drinking, because outside of mermaids giving free handies, whatever the next dive was couldn't top that.

/CDSB

Full disclosure:  There has never been a recorded sixgill attack.  Narcosis don't care.
 
2020-12-02 6:58:04 PM  

Rent Party: dkulprit: Rent Party: dkulprit: Rent Party: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Aren't hammerheads mostly curious and not terribly dangerous?

They are all mostly curious and not terribly dangerous right up until they decide to see how you taste.

Then they are apex predators and you are not at the top of the food chain.

Thats why you show the shark you are at the top of the food chain.  Hammerhead's eyes look mighty tasty and an easy target protruding from their head like that.

Lemme get a taste.  Then pee on it to show it who is boss.

I saw a guy get head-butted by a sixgill shark once.   I about crapped in my drysuit.

He is way more of a man than I am.  Jesus.  I guess if I didn't really have a choice because it is coming right for me I wouldn't have a choice, but I'd never be in that position because I never get more than halfway up my shin into the ocean for that reason.

CDSB Time:

We were on the last day of a five day liveaboard in British Columbia.  We were going to dive Hornby Island to look for sixgills, and then do some other dive I can't remember.   The top of the wall was about 35fsw and the wall dropped off to infinity.  Our plan was to hit about 100fsw and just meander back up the wall and hope Mr. Sixgill made an appearance.

So, being the last day of a pretty heavy diving trip, my body was fairly saturated with nitrogen, and when I hit about 85', I am narced out of my gourd.   So we stop there and start our meander to shallower depths.

Along the wall comes swimming Mr. Sixgill.  About 12 feet of him as he was twice the size of the diver basically pacing him along the wall.   The shark stops swimming and drops his pectoral fins, turns his head towards the wall to see WTF this thing was that was swimming in his blind spot, and hits the dude right in the chest.  It wasn't a hostile move, but in my narced state, all I could think was "Holy shiat, that dude is gonna get eaten!"

So then the fish changes direction.  Right at me.  And all I can think is "Holy shiat, *I'm* gonna get eaten."   Mr.  Sixgill swam directly below me at arms length, and wandered off into the murk.   My dive buddy was losing his mind through his regulator.

We called the dive at that point, go back on the boat and started drinking, because outside of mermaids giving free handies, whatever the next dive was couldn't top that.

/CDSB

Full disclosure:  There has never been a recorded sixgill attack.  Narcosis don't care.


I'm not going to be counting gills when a up to 20 ft monster is in my line of sight.  Nope, no thanks.  I've never been a big fan of being under water because you lose so many of your senses, but after going to war it now gives me bad anxiety.  It doesn't bother me so much in a pool, but there aren't creatures who can't tell you from a seal unless they get a little taste.
 
2020-12-03 11:49:20 AM  

Mussel Shoals: Apropos of using camera equipment to clear a safety zone around you. I can attest from experience that a pro Nikon SLR swung around by the neck strap makes a very effective melee weapon during a riot.


A handgun might be cheaper
 
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