…maybe as retaliation for killing them off. The last estimate of 71 in 2007 compared to 63 in 2006, continues a four year increase. One of those 71 occurred not 5 minutes from my house. The latest in 2008
An Austrian tourist died on Monday after a shark attack in the waters between Fort Lauderdale and the Bahamas. Markus Groh was out on a shark-spotting trip with Scuba Adventures, which sails seven-day live-aboard cruises out of Riviera Beach, Florida. Unlike some tour operators, Scuba Adventures doesn’t send its divers under in a cage.
From the dive community the reaction is mixed
Critics of shark-diving contend interacting with the predators leads them to associate humans with food, potentially leading to more attacks. When the practice was outlawed in Florida about seven years ago, it forced those who wanted the up-close experience to find new places to go. Despite the risks, avid divers are quick to point out that attacks are uncommon, and deadly attacks are virtually unheard of.
My only encounter with a shark, and one I will not easily forget, occurred while diving was off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The question left to you is what are the costs and benefits of diving with sharks? How does the rarity of shark attack compare to potential reverence for these species.