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moosicman
10-23-2007, 07:33
I haven't seen anyone talk about this peice of gear and so i thought i would make you guys aware of it...its only 600-700 bucks and for any who may be afraid it might be worth your while to check this out. it would be nice to hear from someone who has used this as well....
Shark Shield :: Shark deterrent system :: protection from shark attack and great white sharks::Default.asp (http://www.sharkshield.com/Content/Home/)
YouTube - Shark Shield (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZ_8dLnN8aE&mode=related&search)=

redneckdiver52
10-23-2007, 07:43
Sounds a bit extravagant, but if it works hey it might be worth it. I did however see that one episode of MythBusters where all they did was poke the shark in the "nose" and this detered the sahrk enough to go away.

Charlotte Smith
10-23-2007, 07:53
Pretty expensive but seems to work.......I guess if you were going to be surrounded by them and wanted to be doing something where you couldn't keep an eye on them it would be a good tool. I personally would rathar not be surrounded by them.....but that's just me.

RoadRacer1978
10-23-2007, 07:55
Maybe something you might want if you were spearfishing and were worried about the sharks.

Charlotte Smith
10-23-2007, 08:11
Maybe something you might want if you were spearfishing and were worried about the sharks.
That thought did enter my mind after I posted.......wouldn't want to fight a shark for fish...I'd just let him have them...

marchand
10-23-2007, 10:12
Bang Sticks

dutchman
10-23-2007, 12:02
Power Heads or Bank Sticks are expensive also. $200.00 to $250.00 for good ones. These also only have a single shot. The Shark Shield is another tool in your bag but is either really necessary. The 2006 yearly total of 62 unprovoked attacks, Worldwide, was similar to the 61 unprovoked attacks in 2005 and continues a five year decline in attacks since reaching 79 in 2000. What's the odds. Guess it depends on where you live and dive.

CompuDude
10-23-2007, 13:42
If your local diving conditions put you into waters with known aggressive species, or you are conducting activities known to to attract sharks (spearfishing, etc.), I could perhaps see it. For anyone else, I'd much rather spend that money on some dive trips. You can get several local boat trips for that much money, or, if you're careful, a short dive vacation!

WaScubaDude
10-23-2007, 13:56
I haven't seen anyone talk about this peice of gear and so i thought i would make you guys aware of it...its only 600-700 bucks and for any who may be afraid it might be worth your while to check this out. it would be nice to hear from someone who has used this as well....
Shark Shield :: Shark deterrent system :: protection from shark attack and great white sharks::Default.asp (http://www.sharkshield.com/Content/Home/)
YouTube - Shark Shield (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZ_8dLnN8aE&mode=related&search)=

Looks like a pretty smart addition for diving with really dangerous sharks. How about one for the bottom of the boat, keep you safer while getting in and out of shark infested waters.

Also wondered how common underwater attacks are? I think most happen at the surface or in the surf zone?? Anyone really know?

moosicman
10-23-2007, 14:04
Statistics of Shark Attacks on Divers (http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/sharks/isaf/diverstats.htm)

research statistics on divers

CompuDude
10-23-2007, 14:38
Also wondered how common underwater attacks are? I think most happen at the surface or in the surf zone?? Anyone really know?

EXTREMELY un-common.

Charlotte Smith
10-23-2007, 14:46
Also wondered how common underwater attacks are? I think most happen at the surface or in the surf zone?? Anyone really know?

EXTREMELY un-common.
I feel better already.......

CompuDude
10-23-2007, 14:53
Also wondered how common underwater attacks are? I think most happen at the surface or in the surf zone?? Anyone really know?

EXTREMELY un-common.
I feel better already.......

Read Moosicman's link above. 238 attacks ... in the past 400+ years of recorded history!

Truly not something to fear.

DAN's 2006 report on Diving injuries and fatalities listed a whopping FOUR shark attacks on divers (all free divers who were spearfishing, IIRC) in 2006.

terrillja
10-23-2007, 15:02
I wonder what effect this has on the fish and other wildlife. I remember hearing about how the navy was getting approval to use extremely powerful sonar in the pacific, at risk to sea life. Just because a bunch of countries use it doesn't mean it isn't potentially disruptive to sea creatures.

That being said, I'd rather not be bitten by a shark.

WaScubaDude
10-23-2007, 15:13
Statistics of Shark Attacks on Divers (http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/sharks/isaf/diverstats.htm)

research statistics on divers

Great site! I had no idea there were so many shark attacks at depth!! All of the "very uncommon" posters should have a look. Perhaps the Dan stats don't have many of these reports included??
I wish there was a site this clear on diver accidents and deaths in general?? Know of one?

MSilvia
10-23-2007, 15:21
Bang Sticks
What about bang sticks? Assuming you mean, "I recommend bang sticks as a sensible alternative to the shark shield the original poster suggested," I'd be interested to know why.

CompuDude
10-23-2007, 15:49
Statistics of Shark Attacks on Divers (http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/sharks/isaf/diverstats.htm)

research statistics on divers

Great site! I had no idea there were so many shark attacks at depth!! All of the "very uncommon" posters should have a look. Perhaps the Dan stats don't have many of these reports included??
I wish there was a site this clear on diver accidents and deaths in general?? Know of one?

Did you notice that those statistics covered the past 400 years? (1580-2006) Less than 70 shark attacks on divers in the DECADE from 1990-1999. That's less than 7 attacks per year... worldwide.

Of the "96 alleged incidents of shark-human interaction occurring worldwide in 2006", only FIVE were attacks on divers (http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/sharks/Statistics/2005attacksummary.htm). "Less affected were divers/snorkelers (5: 8%)"

I'll stand by my "extremely uncommon".

moosicman
10-23-2007, 16:00
How to search GSAF data (http://www.sharkattackfile.net/incidentlog.htm)
here is another site....yes some of this info is odd...i wouldn't think they were purposely skewed.....but who knows.... and good observation compdude....if you want to get attacked by a shark, frolick in the surf especially at dusk or dawn and you will be ringing the dinner bell....much safer to be a diver!!:):):)

WaScubaDude
10-23-2007, 16:10
Statistics of Shark Attacks on Divers (http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/sharks/isaf/diverstats.htm)

research statistics on divers

Great site! I had no idea there were so many shark attacks at depth!! All of the "very uncommon" posters should have a look. Perhaps the Dan stats don't have many of these reports included??
I wish there was a site this clear on diver accidents and deaths in general?? Know of one?

Did you notice that those statistics covered the past 400 years? (1580-2006) Less than 70 shark attacks on divers in the DECADE from 1990-1999. That's less than 7 attacks per year... worldwide.

Of the "96 alleged incidents of shark-human interaction occurring worldwide in 2006", only FIVE were attacks on divers (http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/sharks/Statistics/2005attacksummary.htm). "Less affected were divers/snorkelers (5: 8%)"

I'll stand by my "extremely uncommon".

Fair enough, I will take a closer look. How long have humans been diving??
I just thought that shark attacks at depth were nearly 0. And at the surface= many many.

Oh, plus I get credit for just figuring out what N=?? was.

WaScubaDude
10-23-2007, 16:18
In big part, I am with you all, thus the shark repelant for the boat comment.

WaScubaDude
10-23-2007, 16:26
I had another look. it is kinda bs that the charts make the incidents look bigger. 1/2 3/4 7/8 bar graph. Should be 1 = 1. As in: you got bit or you did not. But maybe you can figure it out a little better.

nimeister
10-23-2007, 16:26
wow diving's so expensive
I've already invested $700

WaScubaDude
10-23-2007, 16:28
At any rate, I love you CompuDude, one of the smartest divers on the board!

WaScubaDude
10-23-2007, 16:29
wow diving's so expensive
I've already invested $700

WTF????

RoadRacer1978
10-23-2007, 17:00
wow diving's so expensive
I've already invested $700

WTF????

Oh, just the tip of the iceburg. It is a very expensive sport to get into, but once the major initial investment is made it is relatively cheap to dive locally.

RoadRacer1978
10-23-2007, 17:01
I had another look. it is kinda bs that the charts make the incidents look bigger. 1/2 3/4 7/8 bar graph. Should be 1 = 1. As in: you got bit or you did not. But maybe you can figure it out a little better.

Those chart were way to confusing. I spent several minutes trying to decipher them and finally said screw it, and just looked at the actual numbers. They might look bad at fisrt glance until you realize that they are an accumulation of hundreds of years.

BSea
10-23-2007, 17:02
wow diving's so expensive
I've already invested $700

WTF????
I'm pretty sure nimeister is a new diver. Give him a few years. He'll have a 2nd mortgage like the rest of us.

WaScubaDude
10-23-2007, 17:10
wow diving's so expensive
I've already invested $700

WTF????
I'm pretty sure nimeister is a new diver. Give him a few years. He'll have a 2nd mortgage like the rest of us.

Oh My! very funny! I am sitting in my living room with gear all around, just thinking about my next purchase(s). Hahahahahah!

chace_nicole
10-23-2007, 19:58
thanks to moosicman for all the recent cool threads on sharks, keep em coming:smiley20:

Splitlip
10-23-2007, 20:39
I love you CompuDude

Isn't that special..:heartpump:

moosicman
10-23-2007, 21:15
thanks to moosicman for all the recent cool threads on sharks, keep em coming:smiley20:

its only one of THE COOLEST critters on the face of God's planet....i could talk sharks for a loooooooooooooong time!

WaScubaDude
10-23-2007, 22:07
I love you CompuDude

Isn't that special..:heartpump:

Just spreading the love!

Jipps
10-24-2007, 10:22
I agree moosic, i love sharks...mater of fact I tend to dislike dolphins, Id prefer to be w/ sharks.

buddhasummer
12-20-2007, 00:11
Bang Sticks

sounds a bit over the top, macho, reactionary...:smiley21:

perhaps more an indication of how little you know about sharks...

are you a diver?

Sorry if i offend but your post was offensive to me...

Still I guess you are only 18...dive, live and learn my friend...

buddhasummer
12-20-2007, 00:29
I agree moosic, i love sharks...mater of fact I tend to dislike dolphins, Id prefer to be w/ sharks.

me too, they have been a life long fascination amazing animals...:smiley32:

WaScubaDude
12-20-2007, 15:47
"A mind filled with S.C.U.B.A. knowledge."