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Sharks and You


I notice a number of people coming to my blog through searches suggesting they are interested in sharks or shark attacks.  I wished to state (as I have stated before) that sharks are, for the most part, not a threat to people.  Occasionally, a shark does bite a surfer and even more rarely, a swimmer.  And while it is hardly a consolation to those who do get bitten that it is a relatively rare occurrence, you are far more likely to be injured by a wave (or almost anything else) than by a shark.

I am not saying that I would be comfortable floating at the surface at night, treading water after a plane crash, but I am saying that sharks have a lot more to fear from us than we do of them, and I strongly encourage you to rent the movie “Sharkwater” so  you can get a different perspective from what the news media and the Discovery Channel are always hyping when the subject comes up.

I have gone swimming with the sharks, and the pictures of sharks on this blog were taken by Colleen and me while diving in the Bahamas.  It was a great deal of fun and an incredible opportunity to see these animals up close and personal.  While I would not recommend swimming in chummed water or even snorkeling while sharks are feeding, I can recommend with a high degree of comfort that if you are a diver, and are not scared silly of sharks, you will very much enjoy your first encounter.

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February 22, 2010 Posted by | Sharks | Leave a comment

This Cuttlefish was resting on the ocean floor and made a great model.


This photo was taken during our honeymoon to Indonesia.  I am still very much a novice at photography, but was fortunate enough to have a lot of time to take pictures of this strange looking animal.  As I took the pictures, it continued to change its texture and color, but I did not notice it until I looked at the pictures.  I suppose I was annoying it, but it did not try to move or swim away so I hope I did not bother it too much.

February 21, 2010 Posted by | diving, Indonesia, photography, Underwater Photography | , | Leave a comment