They're...Not Back So Far This Summer!
Scrolling through last summer's posts we noticed that in July and August last year the great white sharks were making appearances in several places. Make no mistake about it, Sharks bite. Especially the Great White Sharks aka Carcharudon Calcharias. They bite seals, dolphins, whales, fish, rays, and yes, humans. Fortunately, humans don't profile like preferred prey. Many humans have escaped death after an attack because they were not consumed. Its not clear if the Great White finds us too bony for his taste, or just doesn't like the flavor of wet suits. Last summer the Discovery Channel ran its ever popular SHARK WEEK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UecQ-mM6Tjk&feature=relmfu We haven't seen it advertised so far this summer. Lets hope that no news events trigger a rerun.Last summer the real thing was spotted off of some popular New England beach resort communities. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2170272/MORE-great-white-sharks-spotted-Cape-Cod-beach-goers-dip-hesitantly-areas-water.html
Sightings weren't limited to the East Coast:
IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING WATER ORIENTATED RECREATION IN ANY AREA WHERE GREAT WHITES HAVE BEEN SPOTTED LATELY RECONSIDER! FIRST THE OBVIOUS; AVOID SWIMMING, SNORKELING, AND DIVING , OR ANYTHING ELSE THAT GETS YOU IMMERSED IN THE WATER.
If you want to get immersed now is a good time to visit a swimming pool or water park. If you choose to go to the beach anyway, take a good look at what you are sharing the water with:
OK what about cage diving? Geez Goldfish are you back again? Weren't you listening in both the Diving Section and the Technical Diving Section. Believe me cage diving is technical diving, what did we say about all forms of technical diving Goldfish? NEVER EVER EVER TRY ANY FORM OF TECHNICAL DIVING WITHOUT EXPERT INSTRUCTION AND MAKE SURE YOUR FIRST ACTUAL ATTEMPT AT ANY FORM OF TECHNICAL DIVE IS INSTRUCTOR SUPERVISED. THAT'S EACH FORM GOLD FISH; JUST BECAUSE YOU'VE DONE CAVE OR WRECK DIVING DOESN'T MEAN YOU ARE READY FOR CAGE DIVING. GET A GRIP GOLDFISH! WHAT PART OF STAY OUT OF THE WATER DID YOU NOT UNDERSTAND?
OK, so what about sailing or boating? First stand up paddle boards aren't boats. The bigger Great Whites have been known to attack boats on rare occasions. Sometimes this has been the result of fishing activities that have drawn prey species near the boat, other times it is in response to actually being hooked, but occasionally, the attacks appear to have no reason. Some scientists speculate that the Great White is attracted or annoyed by the electrical pulses coming from larger boats. Surely a kayak or Sunfish, or other "board boat" is not what you want to be out on when the Great Whites are about. Certainly you are less likely to be eaten aboard a 40 foot Morgan, especially if not running all sorts of electronics and not fishing from it than you would be in a kayak. Take a good look at what a Great White Attack is like when aimed at a human:http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=N2v9XDBFR6g
Now of course we here at American Admiralty Books are licensed, certified, and experienced mariners, and divers. What do we do when we had planned boating or beach activity and Great Whites are reported in the area? THAT'S WHEN WE HIT THE GOLF COURSE ! We of course find being eaten by a fish to be unprofessional for professional seamen.