One Diver’s Perspective.

Scuba, Photography and Scandal

Sharks and More Sharks.


Well, I’ve written about going to the Bahamas to dive with the sharks, and I’ve posted a few photos, but I thought more pictures of the animals would be appreciated.  People have been asking, “Are those great white sharks?” And the answer is, no. They are carribbean reef sharks. MAYBE they are grey reef sharks, but I don’t know if that is the case.

Other people ask, “Are those man eating sharks?” and the answer is, No.  They are reef sharks. There really are no “man eating sharks” if by “man eating” one means a species that regularly makes man part of its diet.  Sharks don’t eat people, though on occasion they do take an exploratory bite, and the bigger the shark the bigger the bite.  Unlike other animals (certain tigers, mosquitoes), sharks rarely attack people. It happens, of course, but rarely.  Dogs attack people too. Hippopotami attack people. People attack people. There is nothing especially dangerous about sharks. People fear them because of media hype. People fear them because when people swim in the ocean, they are no longer the top of the food chain. People fear them because they are hard to see when one is swimming in the water.  And, then, there is Jaws, which ruined the ocean for at least two generations of people!

In any event, the shark is a beautiful animal that has been around for hundreds of millions of years. As the apex predator, it helps keep our oceans healthy.  Sharks are being destroyed, and the harm to the ecosystem cannot be readily predicted, but can easily be imagined. Entire food chains are collapsing. For want of sharks, the ray populations explode. Too many rays, and the population of scallops is destroyed. If you  make yoru living selling scallops, and there are none to be found, you can thank the overfishing of sharks. Of course, you are then probably killing rays and cutting them up into discs and calling them Scallops (yes folks, this does happen), but the point is, messing with an ecosystem is never a good thing.

Enough preaching, and here are some pictures!

Shark and Fish Merry-Go-Round

Shark and Fish Merry-Go-Round

Staring down the barrel.

Staring down the barrel.

Its a Bird!  Its a Plane!  No, its Super Shark!

Its a Bird! It's a Plane! No, its Super Shark!

Bloody tooth

Bloody tooth

David Posing While Photographers Shoot the Sharks

David Posing While Photographers Shoot the Sharks

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July 18, 2008 - Posted by | diving, photography, scuba, Sharks | , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. I don’t know why, but sharks creep me out beyond belief or endurance, no matter what size they are. I’m not afraid of bears, I faced down a mountain lion once, but sharks freak me completely out.

    Comment by raincoaster | July 19, 2008 | Reply

  2. Well, raincoaster, you are not alone. At http://www.unusualphobias.com/sharks.html, you can read about people who are afraid to take baths for fear of a shark materializing in tub, or afraid to dive into a swimming pool for fear of sharks. Hopefully, your fear is not so severe, but if it is, its probably worth a little investigation and therapy. I would imagine that these folks may also “just” be afraid of water, and the shark is a convenient scapegoat. But it really doesn’t matter, an irrational fear is an irrational fear. Be it of water, sharks or spiders. The cure is usually the same. Associate with pictures of things that are not sharks, but look like sharks, then of pictures of goofy looking sharks (nurse sharks or whale sharks), and then desensitizing oneself by observing them in an aquarium.

    Fortunately, I’ve never had to face down a bear, mountain lion or shark, and hopefully I will never have to. But as between encountering the three in the wild, I’d prefer the shark, if only because they have been around for millions of years and have a well-developed sense and strategy of what they like to eat, and people haven’t been on their menu since we’ve not been around so long!

    Comment by davidscubadiver | July 21, 2008 | Reply

  3. Wow! What amazing close-up shots you have captured here to share with us. I would be too scared to even try what you have accomplished. And that pose that you have struck is a “hoot!”

    Comment by Steven | July 28, 2008 | Reply

  4. Steven, thank you for looking and for your comment. Obviously, I did not take the picture of myself laying in the water. That was taken by Colleen. I was just hamming it up so people can see that even with a bunch of sharks in the water eating from the frozen fish parts, its not like there is a great danger to the diver. The dangers of sharks are greatly exaggerated. They have much more to fear from us than we do of them. That being said, I would not be comfortable swimming at the surface, with sharks surrounding me. Indeed, I was a little creeped out when I was at the surface swimming to the boat after this dive!

    Comment by davidscubadiver | July 28, 2008 | Reply


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