And, make no mistake about it, they 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 Sunday the Discovery Channel ran its ever popular SHARK WEEK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UecQ-mM6Tjk&feature=relmfu
And earlier in the 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:
So just when you were thinking of getting in the last of the surfing, sailing, snorkeling, or diving of the season, if you live in the"infested" areas, you have to balance off the enjoyment against the very real possibility, even if low probability, of being eaten or at least bleeding to death from a "test bite". All this just when you were thinking its safe to go in the water. So like any thinking and computer literate human concerned with marine issues you come to American Admiralty Books seeking answers. Well here is our response:
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 beach anyway, take a good look at what you are sharing the water with:
So what about surfing? You're not exactly immersed right? Wrong. When Great Whites have been spotted in an area they are usually the big ones. After one of these beasts reach the 13 foot level their "preferred prey" are marine mammals, large marine mammals. Your surf board propelled by your arms will look a bit strange but not terribly unlike a small whale. The Great White can probably sense your heart beat through the board. The heart beat won't profile like a whale or dolphin exactly, but close. You are inviting a "test bite" will you survive it? Possibly. Will you survive it without injury, not very likely. If nothing else consider post traumatic stress syndrome. Few life experiences are more traumatic than just narrowly escaping being eaten alive. So really if these proven man eaters are known to be in the area the water is theirs!. Stay dry or confine your immersed activities to the pool or or bath tub.
OK what about cage diving? Geez Goldfissh 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 TH E 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, sometimes it is in response to actually being hooked, but some times 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: