Snorkelers in the Gulf of Alaska captured our attention with several remarkable clips of fish during a cruise down the St. Lawrence River here this past February. The next month, we learned that the Starke is a sea shark who swims close to shorelists. How did we get this information?
As our group boarded the little catamaranés and put our cameras into the hold-up at the stern, our guide motioned us to hop aboard. Ten minutes later, he leaning back in his chair asked us if we had caught lots of fish. “A lot of people say they’ve caught lots of shark,” he stated matter-of-factly.
I worried about being attacked by a shark, despite his claim that it avoided him. I trusted what he said because I had been bitten by a shark previously and knew the threat was not imaginary. Since I had been briefed on normal shark behavior, I thought he was telling me the truth when he assured me the sharks’ mode of attack was only to catch you if you made noise. I was unharmed by the shark’s attack; however, I was nonetheless scared and I had to vacate the spot immediately.
This made sense to me, because I was also told that jaguars will attack if they think you are a threat. However, since I had been visioned by a lone hunter in the same area that was attacked by the shark, I discounted his story. Iationally shared the details of the incident with two close friends and relatives who had gone on to live near the beach during that time. Since I had been told the story by so many people, I became confident that it was a genuine story.
However, I was thoroughly disturbed when I read your article on-line and saw the photos you used in your story with thesubsequent comment: ” wow, not again “–sharks always attack when they are hungry.” What is true? Did you really have to shoot your story with a two-by-four camera at 17 feet?
When I saw your article on October 22, I was shocked. YourGranted rights as a photographer surrounded by sharks at feeding time! I immediately wondered how you could possibly be so sure about that detail without ever seeing the sharks themselves. Did you have a second pair of binoculars handy, too, just in case you missed “the one you’re looking for”?
However, I recognized that your sources were not trained fundamentalists but rather business people, counselors and anyone whom you considered reliable. Your sources could not have been unaware of the shark’s predilection for humans.
So, in an effort to be objective, I decided to check your article and see if it were I who was the bait. For that, I opened it up in my word processor and found the part about the feeding time. The table in the middle of the article read, “even though sharks are not likely to be concerned with nutrition at this time, they may suddenly lunge upon a passing vessel” – the captain of the boat is in trouble – “and meal time will be upon us.” Theangler who never leaves home without his hunting gear was obviously upset and defensive about the boat being “ruined,” but I could see clearly from the article that the danger to both the captain and the crew was the same. After reading your article, I went to the link on your site and saw the same information as theangler in the photo at the top of this story. However, I was stunned at what he had written. Your source, theJetset Guide to Shark Adventures, had this to say:
“….the one thing I can guarantee you is that if you do not keep your reactor levels constant, you will not be able to pursue or even notice the sharks.”
I have been traveling the world for the past year. I have been to New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, Thailand, and Malaysia. For the past year I have also been diving in Indo-Pacific waters, diving atots, and allowed myself to become engrossed in exploring one of the planet’s most fascinating creatures. However, I was shocked to discover on my last dive in the Sea of Cortez off the Pacific coast of the Philippines, that I had been seriously bitten by a shark: the healing process that I was told was “like getting cooked alive.”
If you are lucky enough to avoid such catastrophic events, then there are several more things that you should consider while enjoying the great outdoors:
You should be physically fit and have the ability to endure discomfort.
You should be a good swimmer and have the required strength to grabeled under control in the water if it violently resists.