Investigation: Man vs shark La Réunion shark attacks part 2

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Today we pick up our investigation into what may be contributing factors in the shark bites at La Réunion.  Part 1 of the Investigation: Man vs shark La Réunion shark attacks can be found here. Calls for the slaughter of sharks are usually the first gut reaction from the population who experienced a shark panic. Such killings appear to the same extent by the desire for revenge and the idea that the killing of sharks will restore personal security. But scientists such as George Burgess from the International Shark attack…

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Investigation: Man vs shark La Réunion shark attacks

Tom Vierus_Bull Sharks

It has happened again: On April 29th, the 30-year-old bodyboarder Adrien Dubosc was killed in a shark attack off the Island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean. The bite occurred at 11:45 a.m. on a crowded beach on the west of the island at Pointe au Sal in Saint-Leu. Apparently, some family members watched the drama unfold. Dubosc went with two friends to the beach. Surfing and bodyboarding are banned in the area because of numerous shark attacks. As well as being an experienced bodyboarder, Adrien Dubosc was part of…

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The Fear Beneath: Why are we afraid of sharks? Part Two

The Fear Beneath Why are we afraid of sharks_christian_Kemper

In Part 1 of The Fear Beneath: Why are we afraid of sharks? we looked at why some humans may have developed a fear of sharks. In Part 2, we dive into some of the misconceptions and reality regarding shark attack. Where are the hot spots for shark attacks? In the U.S., Florida reigns and it wears a well-appointed crown. With 778 confirmed, unprovoked shark attacks from 1837-2016, Florida has no equal for the number of shark attacks, according to the International Shark Attack File (ISAF), a global database. That’s…

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The Fear Beneath: Why we are afraid of sharks

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Have you ever wondered why we are afraid of sharks? “Shark!”  No other cry for help triggers such an anxiety like the warning of the sinister predator. If you call “Help!” in the city at night, hardly anyone will pay attention. Usually you’re waiting in vain for helpers and civil courage. Even the distress call “Fire, Fire!” won’t rouse much attention. Most people will just give you a brief look and move on. But if you shout “Shark!” on a crowded beach, all hell will break lose within seconds. Why?…

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How Cage Diving with Great White Sharks Began Part 2

great white Marshall C. Fields

In Part 1 of our series, we looked at origins of cage diving and what divers learned from those early expeditions. In Part 2, we visit the history of great white shark dive spots around the world. South Africa In South Africa, cage diving is of younger origin and was only practiced sporadically in the western Cape Province around Struisbaai, east of Cape Agulhas, and in False Bay near Cape Town in the late 1980s. In 1997, seven commercial cage dive operators finally entered the Dyer Island Channel at Gansbaai.…

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How Cage Diving with Great White Sharks Began Part 1

James Moskito of Great White Adventures

Have you ever wondered how cage diving with great white sharks began? In Part 1 of our series, we look at the history of cage diving with great white sharks. Last October it happened again: A video showed how a white shark broke through the bars of a shark cage in front of the Mexican island of Guadalupe. Not only was it horrible for the diver, but also for the shark. The animal had rammed the metal construction and became trapped. Helplessly, the crew watched as the shark grew very…

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Scuba diving on Tiger Beach, Bahamas, Part 3

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Today we return to scuba diving on Tiger Beach, Bahamas, Part 3.   The tiger-like striped pattern, with which the hunter can easily be recognized, fades with age. Divers who encounter a tiger shark should not panic. The dangerous animal is rather shy and reserved toward divers. As a rule, you can keep the shark in check with a stick or a large camera, but you must have good nerves. In particular, don’t let the shark push you toward the water surface—the so-called death zone. There, the tiger shark loses…

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