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(UPI)   Diver is able to fight off hammerhead shark by using his camera, says the hard part was focusing   (upi.com) divider line
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2020-12-02 12:26:46 PM  
5 votes:
Aren't hammerheads mostly curious and not terribly dangerous?
 
2020-12-02 3:32:27 PM  
3 votes:

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 3:01:00 PM  
3 votes:
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 6:37:22 PM  
2 votes:

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 2:44:48 PM  
2 votes:

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


Nope, aggressive
 
2020-12-02 4:47:00 PM  
1 vote:

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 3:57:29 PM  
1 vote:

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.
 
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