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Cichlid
07-21-2007, 18:29
Are you guys scared of sharks? I don't really get that feeling from you
guys as divers, not as much as I thought anyway. So what's out there
that might send you into a panic if you saw one in open water?



For the record...I'm not a big fan of Cone snails. smileys/smiley5.gif

Vercingetorix
07-21-2007, 18:38
My fear? Some idiot diver withhis firstspeargun who sees my shadow and mistakes me for some sort of threat and lets fly.
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<DIV>Man...the most dangerous creature on land, sea, or air. We know what to expect from animals. A shark will always act like a shark.</DIV>

ertechsg
07-21-2007, 18:47
Jelleyfishhate those things.

picxie
07-21-2007, 19:00
Stingrays. And no, it has nothing to do with Steve Irwin. I've always been scared of stingrays. You always see them out here and I am starting to get used to them. They are absolutely beautiful to watch, very graceful. Although if they start swimming towards me I do start swimming backwards!

Venio
07-21-2007, 19:03
I hate jelly fishes, they creep me out.

thesmoothdome
07-21-2007, 19:05
Never really sawa shark I felt threatened by, but I haven't been in the water with a great white or a tiger either. I'm pretty sure I'd wet my dry suit if I saw one of them swimming towards me.

jacewindu
07-21-2007, 19:11
i'd be worried if i saw a bunch of jellies - for some reason i'd be more afraid of that than a bunch of sharks...

tc_rain
07-21-2007, 20:10
It was a shark until I saw my first one then the fear went away and I look forward to seeing them now.

rktman26
07-21-2007, 21:12
I believe an alligator would scare me pretty good. Especially a large one.

Cichlid
07-21-2007, 21:18
I believe an alligator would scare me pretty good. Especially a large one.




Yeah, watching "Hunter and Hunted" on National Geographic HD right now. Scary stuff on alligatiors.

Rascal1933
07-21-2007, 21:55
Humboldt Squid! smileys/smiley11.gif
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<DIV>Humboldt squid can grow up to six feet long and are bold enough to attack sharks, let alone humans.</DIV>

dmdoss
07-21-2007, 23:03
A Mermaid!!!! I'd wonder what else was in my air!

Queen
07-21-2007, 23:06
Snakes! If I saw a snake I'd very quickly learn to walk on water.

tc_rain
07-21-2007, 23:14
I believe an alligator would scare me pretty good. Especially a large one.
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<DIV>Never thought about coming across one but I tend to agree with you. I don't know what I would do if a seen one.</DIV>

Lucky(AR)
07-22-2007, 10:23
dont think they will hurt you but ive seen pics of 40 ft i believe they are called manta rays anything thats 6 times bigger then me ...no thanks

fire diver
07-22-2007, 10:47
Those tiny box jellies in OZ. After seeing the effects of MINOR stings on the researchers, and the fact that they are the size of a finger nail.... NO THANKS!





FD

Rascal1933
07-22-2007, 11:59
box jellies &gt; Bad News!
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<DIV>Was in Hawaii a couple years ago...they had alerts on T.V. and </DIV>
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<DIV>thelocals just cleared the waters in a heatbeat.{No one was in the water.}</DIV>
<DIV>That's all I needed to hear/see to let me know,that they were nothing you would want to meet up with. </DIV></DIV>

the gooch
07-22-2007, 15:37
I second the Humboldt Squid or Diablo Rojo

Moxie
07-22-2007, 16:42
Transient orcas! They are big and I look like a nice fleshy seal. I would think that aligators or crocodiles would scare me too.
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<DIV>I've learned to give jellies lots of room. Even the not so bad ones can pack a wallop.</DIV>

TwIsTeD
07-23-2007, 15:38
Jelly fish- Gross looking and feeling I'll swim around them unless I'm OOA

thor
07-23-2007, 15:49
Flounder. Oh, you meant in the water.
<DIV>Still flounder. They're like a Picasso fish.</DIV>

DirtyWaterIL
07-30-2007, 17:58
poorly trained scuba divers. they scare me.

Splitlip
07-30-2007, 18:10
SSP's

Splitlip
07-30-2007, 18:12
Stingrays. And no, it has nothing to do with Steve Irwin. I've always been scared of stingrays. You always see them out here and I am starting to get used to them. They are absolutely beautiful to watch, very graceful. Although if they start swimming towards me I do start swimming backwards!
What do you think about horse shoe crabs?

Black-Gorrilla
07-30-2007, 19:27
my biggest fear is to run in to my brothers OW class buddy. he hit my brother in the head with his tank at like 40'... he's constantly floating around upside down with his ass up... has no buoyancy control... and is easily distracted to top it off.

Puffer Fish
07-30-2007, 20:19
Snakes! If I saw a snake I'd very quickly learn to walk on water.
They seem nicer when they are in the water.. and they don't swim that fast... mine would be box jellies.. the little ones you cannot see...

cutter77
07-31-2007, 00:32
So what's out there
that might send you into a panic if you saw one in open water?"
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The things I don't see are worrisome: scorpionfish, jellyfish bits, and very small poisonous critters.

Joew
07-31-2007, 01:31
box jellies &gt; Bad News!
<DIV></DIV>
<DIV>Was in Hawaii a couple years ago...they had alerts on T.V. and </DIV>
<DIV>
<DIV>thelocals just cleared the waters in a heatbeat.{No one was in the water.}</DIV>
<DIV>That's all I needed to hear/see to let me know,that they were nothing you would want to meet up with. </DIV></DIV>

We have box jelly warnings on a monthly basis on the South Shore of Oahu (they mate on a lunar cycle). When they come in lifegaurds clear the water and some places like Hanauma Bay are closed all together. They're a different species of jelly than those found in Australia, and they're not nearly as venomous. They are only really dangerous if you have alergies to them, but they hurt like hell and can leave scars. The good thing is it's a small island, so if the jellies are swamping the south you can just drive to the North Shore.

TAH 73
07-31-2007, 10:34
Orca's
Big sharp teeth, designed as a predator, and alot bigger than a shark.

ScubaSteve
07-31-2007, 12:48
Woody!

Wolfie2012
07-31-2007, 15:56
I remember reading something about a diver turning around to see a basking shark with it's mouth open really close and heading right for him. They may be harmless, but I think seeing that up close might scare the crap out of me. ;)

DirtyWaterIL
07-31-2007, 15:59
I remember reading something about a diver turning around to see a basking shark with it's mouth open really close and heading right for him. They may be harmless, but I think seeing that up close might scare the crap out of me. ;)

i think that may turn my drysuit into a wetsuit very fast.

Osprey
07-31-2007, 20:09
there's something about sunfish that scare the crap out of me, i dont know WHY since i dont think they've ever hurt anything bigger than tiny fish... but i think i'd melt if i met one in the water

Centerius
08-01-2007, 10:15
Snakes and alligators. :smiley5: :scared: :smiley19:

loudgonzo
08-01-2007, 10:19
Snakes and alligators. :smiley5: :scared: :smiley19:

Yep, these 2 sum it up for me.

Foo2
08-01-2007, 10:37
Snakes and alligators. :smiley5: :scared: :smiley19:

Yep, these 2 sum it up for me.

Me 2!!!

Vie
08-01-2007, 10:39
Saltwater crocodiles (Crocodylus porosus) or Box/Irukandji jellyfish would do it for me...

SiscoKid
08-03-2007, 20:00
I would have to say Diver with a speargun!

Wolfie2012
08-03-2007, 21:45
I would have to say Diver with a speargun!

Hey, just ordered a new one of those... ;)

TxHockeyGuy
08-03-2007, 21:56
First on the list has to be certain divers, you all know what I mean.

Second on the list is definitely jellyfish, they creep me out.

Third would be a bull or tiger shark. I'm unlikely to run into others that I am afraid of and the others I would likely run into aren't generally much of a problem and I would love to see them.

Fourth on the list is those damn perch up at CSSP. For those who are not in the DFW area and know what I'm talking about these are little fish that love to nip at divers.

A distant fifth would be snakes, gators, and crocs. The generally aren't interested in divers and I generally won't be diving in any vis that they like to be around.

foo
08-04-2007, 15:22
Before I saw a shark, I wondered what my reaction would be. When I saw the first one, I was in such awe, that I forgot to be skeert. It's been that way ever since.

I'm terrified of getting too close to the hydroids and getting stung. One of my photographer friends did exactly that while trying to get a good shot, and she paid for it dearly. Her hand looked like it had burned in oil. No lie. Be careful, that is one thing that we can actually prevent by not getting too close to the reef.

Foo

kevinj1
08-04-2007, 15:28
people sometimes forget to respect the enviroment they are in--I, myself have done it from time-to-time...

chinacat46
08-04-2007, 16:03
A titan triggerfish guarding it's nest. I give them lots of room. Had one come at me once. Scared the hell out of me.

marineboy
08-05-2007, 18:24
I am not scared of the creatures down there, but some divers down there.

MEL-DC Diver
08-05-2007, 21:34
What oceanic creature do I fear in the water? Eels. I always think that they might pop out of their little holes while I am swimming by and take a nibble.

Now if you ask me what oceanic creature do I fear out of the water... Well, if they are walking around, then any of them. Otherwise I would call them dinner and they wouldn't bother me at all.

the gooch
08-06-2007, 00:03
another diver.

3rdEye
08-06-2007, 23:56
can't say i have a fear of any of them...

lucidblue
08-07-2007, 00:00
Jellyfish, they freak me out. I'm terrified of getting stung by one.

nferra2
08-07-2007, 00:41
Saltwater Croc, Stone fish or Blue Ring Octopus.

quarrydiver
08-12-2007, 18:57
jellyfish are scary but there's also something to be said for the stingray hiding in the sand.

Axewizard
08-13-2007, 09:52
I would have to agree with jellyfish. I've been stung in a rather precarious place on my body and it's not fun at all!

Second...I would agree with the perch at CSSP. Listen...if you work for a restaurant SHOWER BEFORE YOU GO...trust me on this one....

yankeefan21
08-13-2007, 10:10
"Herb of the Sea"

You know Herb. He's the guy swimming at the bottom of the ocean kicking up sand.

You know Herb. He's the guy pushing off of other divers' regs so he can touch that Green Sea Turtle during mating season.

You know Herb. He's the guy tearing up the coral with his tank so he can harass some rock lobsters.

You know Herb. Don't be a Herb.

yankeefan21
08-14-2007, 08:05
Tiger Sharks:
http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e353/y498yates/scuba/tigershark.jpg

'nuff said.

Phestr
08-14-2007, 08:26
Phestr no likey the jellies. Also, octopi scare me. Something about a creature with too many arms, no bones, and sharp beak srying to get into my mask. But I find the fascinating as well. It's very strange.

WV Diver
08-14-2007, 08:58
:smiley11: Insta-buddy, unlike most of the afore mentioned creatures, all or most of them recognize that divers are not a part of their regular diet, but you are definately on Insta-buddy's menu. :smiley36: Not only that but we are stupid enough to entice him/her by dangling ourselfs out in front of them as bait. Go figure. :smiley29::smilie39:

cgvmer
08-14-2007, 09:05
I've dove with sharks, not problem but Sea lice and anything small that stings or can make me itchy

torrey
08-14-2007, 09:19
Those tiny box jellies in OZ. After seeing the effects of MINOR stings on the researchers, and the fact that they are the size of a finger nail.... NO THANKS!

I saw that special on TV a couple of days ago...200 times more venomous than a cobra and you most likely will never see it coming, or even know what hit you until you're dead. And what sucks is it's a delayed reaction, so nobody will know you're a ticking time bomb until probably the next day.

JugglingMonkeys
08-14-2007, 09:22
box jelly for me too.
up north in queensland

horrible way to die!

Harshal
08-14-2007, 11:20
Yep, the box jelly fish specially the ones from Australia, Irakundji (I guess I spelled it right), I have seen some shark, but I think I would be afraid of white, bull, tiger, white tip shark.
Crocs would be another thing and snakes too……… I am sure I can add few more things to this list……..lol

quarrydiver
08-14-2007, 20:04
magazine salespeople. I'd hate to run into one of them underwater.

Splitlip
08-14-2007, 21:45
Oh come on!..

You gonna tell me no one gets the willies from a (dead) horsehoe crab ( floating vertical with it's underside brushing against your face)

turtle_guy
08-15-2007, 03:37
Evil jellies. I turned away during that scene in Finding Nemo. Even in all my cold water gear,(full exposure suit, gloves, and a hood) so that the only place i could possibly get stung is my chin. I still go at least 6 ft from them.

Sasha_K
08-23-2007, 12:07
havent seen anything scary yet, but I am pretty sure I will be PRETTY scared if I come across a shark.

greyzen
08-23-2007, 12:39
My wife's uncle used to dive a whole lot.
A few years ago a school of barracuda hovered a few feet (like 10 - 20) over him and seemed (to him) to follow him around for awhile.
He panic'd... and when he finally surfaced he refuses to dive ever again.


Apparently, he won't even swim in pools/etc.

RECDiver
08-23-2007, 13:19
Other divers.

gtjason2000
08-23-2007, 13:24
definitely a shark riding on an elephants back, it's the most dangerous animal in the world

that and sperm whales or orca

chewyjr15
08-23-2007, 13:31
it would have to be jellies for me

Splitlip
08-23-2007, 16:43
havent seen anything scary yet, but I am pretty sure I will be PRETTY scared if I come across a shark.

Nonsense. You will be amazed the first time you see one under the water and it does not frighten you. Embrace it. (the experience, not the animal)

I always thought I might freak out if I saw a shark up close surfing. I had seen spinners jumping, but nothing real close.
Well, I once came within a few feet of a bull in the face of I wave that slipped under me. I really just marveled at it as I watched it swim away. I was wearing polarized sunglasses.

tonka97
08-23-2007, 17:05
In Bonaire, there were schools of these things that scared the bejeesus out of my group....these things can really squeeze and bite.

http://www.swapsale.com/Creature_From_Black_Lagoon_3.jpg

cudachaser
08-23-2007, 17:19
I don't trust alligators...Get out of the water time with them around

greyzen
08-23-2007, 17:43
most gators are going to want to leave you a lone more than you want to leave them alone.

Now, I'm not suggesting you place tag with one or anything... but typically if they aren't leaving the area they haven't seen you or recognized you are human yet.

superkingkong
08-23-2007, 18:09
I'm not sure if i've seen one... but i'm afraid of trigger fish... read and heard about them.. it's scary... that's because they'll chase.

Jaymeany
08-23-2007, 18:19
Mantis shrimp!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mu6yrC6bjNo

Mean ol' things

I'll add an edit. If you have 15 min. this is amazing!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHTTIg7HY80

NitroWill
08-23-2007, 18:21
Im not really scared of anything underwater..
But the snapping turtle that took a good bite on my ear yesterday makes them not my favorite :smiley26:

cudachaser
08-23-2007, 18:28
I still don't trust that animal!

NitroWill
08-23-2007, 18:29
Snapping turtles?

Charlotte Smith
08-28-2007, 11:52
Im not really scared of anything underwater..
But the snapping turtle that took a good bite on my ear yesterday makes them not my favorite :smiley26:
You are kidding aren't you????

NitroWill
08-28-2007, 12:10
Im not really scared of anything underwater..
But the snapping turtle that took a good bite on my ear yesterday makes them not my favorite :smiley26:
You are kidding aren't you????

No, it really happened..

georoc01
08-28-2007, 12:18
Jellyfish and fellow divers with speargun, its like my biggest fear being out on the woods is a hunter that mistakes me for a deer.

That said, a Polar Bear would be pretty scary as we are on the menu for them. However, given that I haven't done any diving in their habitat, have been fairly safe from them.

Barracuda's look mean too. Spooked a friend of mine out of the water for 7 years.

catalanMMVII
08-28-2007, 12:30
Any diving partner that doesn't know what its doing...:smiley36:

thor
08-28-2007, 13:51
I'm a little afraid of these things.

chefchris
08-28-2007, 13:56
eels. can't stand them.

SHAGGY
08-28-2007, 20:08
I have to agree I'm not crazy about the perch at CSSP. I had one grab onto my ear lobe and it just peeled the outter layer of skin off. Looked like a bad road rash on my ear. So,.... after that I have become very leary of the "hidden creatures", in the lake that I work at,... especially since the visibility is usually only appx 2-4ft. We have snakes and Alligators as well,.... but for the most part they will try to avoid you,...I HOPE ANYWAY. What really makes me nervous is the hudge, "25lbs +", Gar that we have in our lake. Those things have teeth like a barracuda,..... I call them "Redneck Barracudas".

Darthwader
08-29-2007, 11:27
The Jaguar Shark, but I've got dynamite.

greyzen
08-29-2007, 11:42
Crazed Ligers...

scary thingies...

kevinj1
08-29-2007, 11:49
I have to go with Alligators--you never know what they might do next...

mountaindiver
08-29-2007, 11:52
When I was taking my OW in 1990 as a 14 year old along with my dad, at Blue Lake by Wndover, NV. There was a man with long, LONG, silver hair, he was havning a hard time and was stirring up the mud. As I approached the dust cloud, the hair came drifting out of the cloud of mud. Now THAT, scared the air out of my tank. My dad, who was not a small guy, could not keep me, the 95 pound shrimp from breaching out of the water like a Great Humpback Whale. To this day, as an AI, I aproach dust clouds very cautiously.

RikRaeder
08-29-2007, 17:57
Titan Trigger Fish
Hands down

chinacat46
08-29-2007, 19:01
Ding Ding Ding we have a winner. That is what I said about 6 or 7 pages ago. Those are scary when they are nesting.

Charlotte Smith
08-29-2007, 19:04
Im not really scared of anything underwater..
But the snapping turtle that took a good bite on my ear yesterday makes them not my favorite :smiley26:
You are kidding aren't you????

No, it really happened..
OMG.....did it get away with part of your ear? I will be on the look-out for those you can be sure!

NitroWill
08-29-2007, 19:50
Im not really scared of anything underwater..
But the snapping turtle that took a good bite on my ear yesterday makes them not my favorite :smiley26:
You are kidding aren't you????

No, it really happened..
OMG.....did it get away with part of your ear? I will be on the look-out for those you can be sure!

it wasnt too bad..it hurt for several days..those things are sneaky too..going back to that same lake tomorrow...if i see that sucker he is in for some trouble :smiley36:

markndeana
08-29-2007, 21:27
1. Bull sharks. they have a low anxiety threshhold and a bad temper to boot.
2. Dive masters that are wildly pointing over your shoulder. That sacres me to. luckily it was only a dolphin. I damn near messed my wetsuit wondering what was back there.

scuba Widow
08-29-2007, 22:16
Right now anything in the water and the water itself.

Subaqua
08-30-2007, 18:54
I think I'll be probably scared the first time I see a shark, at least if it comes close enough. I wouldn't like to see a big octopus neither.

Charlotte Smith
08-30-2007, 19:07
Im not really scared of anything underwater..
But the snapping turtle that took a good bite on my ear yesterday makes them not my favorite :smiley26:
You are kidding aren't you????

No, it really happened..
OMG.....did it get away with part of your ear? I will be on the look-out for those you can be sure!

it wasnt too bad..it hurt for several days..those things are sneaky too..going back to that same lake tomorrow...if i see that sucker he is in for some trouble :smiley36:

My husband points out a BUNCH of turtles everytime we dive and I will be showing him your post right away!! He ALWAYS makes them get up from where they are laying so I can see them but I don't want ANY part of them anymore...at least not as close as we have been getting....I hope your ear gets better.....

scubasamurai
08-30-2007, 19:09
sometimes, i am not afraid of the creatures but the guy or gal that i am diving with, that is what i fear most in the ocean

DevilDiver
08-30-2007, 19:19
Has anyone heard of that parasite fish in the Amazon river that will swim into your penis and lodge itself there if you pee while in the water???

I saw a show on discovery (one of those top 10 things they do ) and i swear it is true.

Now that is worse than a aligator or shark even Jellies.....
They like the ladies also........ Sorry.

MAYBE THAT WOULD SOLVE THE PEE OR NO PEE IN THE WETSUIT!!!!

Liv7301
08-30-2007, 19:43
I seem to be more concerned about things that sting instead of things that bite. So for some reason jellies are more intimidating than eels, or sharks, or "perchana"...

greyzen
08-30-2007, 21:11
I think I'm going to have nightmares for the rest of my short life now...thanks.

brandon
08-30-2007, 21:49
I hate jellyfish. No rational reason, they just look too weird for me.

-B.

ScubaJenn81
08-31-2007, 05:35
I do not like anything that sneaks up on me and I see it out of the corner of my eye. Or like a fish that swims right by my ear. That just freaks me out.

Capt Hook
08-31-2007, 08:26
Alligatiors scare me, don't even like hem in a pond.

DUnder
08-31-2007, 10:28
I would have to say Box Jellies. They are hard to see and they can cause way to much damage.

Formerly 45yroldNewbie
09-28-2007, 21:38
This (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070928/ap_on_he_me/killer_amoeba;_ylt=AlASD.Z4cJC83lshB1d1R4J34T0D) doesn't sound like a picnic in the park!!

jwdizney
09-28-2007, 21:55
NoSeeUms... they're everywhere, but by the time you see them, it's too late!:yikes:

Capt Hook
09-28-2007, 23:40
Boaters! they scare me more than anything I've ever seen in the water.

divingmedic
09-29-2007, 09:26
Sea snakes, I do not like snake period. I can not even see a TV show about snakes. I did once and woke up in the middle of the night with nightmares about snakes in my bed. I stood on the bed to stomp on the snake. My ceiling fan was running full blast over my bed. Those blades hurt!

Charles R
09-29-2007, 09:56
The one I dont see comming!:smiley11:

jlittlejohn321
09-29-2007, 10:15
An alligator would scare me and jellyfish because a jellyfish doesnt seem to leave or get scared when you try to get thtem away and they sting like never before!

BobbyWombat
09-29-2007, 12:20
After my first dive in the Red Sea I was talking with my much more experienced dive buddy about what we had seen. Conversation went something like:

"Yeah, that was a Tigerfish. It can kill you."

"Yep, that was a Morey Eel. It will dart out and bite your face."

"m hum...that was a Stone Fish. It would love nothing more than to waddle around your dead body after piercing you through your fins."

" had a friend who touched that coral once.....he burst instantly into flames."

Me: "HOLY MOLY MAN!!!"

Basically I just give everything some room now.

That said, definitely jellyfish are the things I particularly am wary of.

bversteegh
09-29-2007, 16:04
Probably stone fish for me. Their camoflauge is so good, and they are out in the sand; really afraid I might kneel or rub up against one setting up for a picture.

scuba-taylor
09-29-2007, 18:13
Bull Shark cuase they will attack for no reason!!!!!

Chocoholic
09-29-2007, 18:20
For me it would have to be box jellyfish and downdrafts... hope I never see or feel either.

dutchman
09-29-2007, 19:30
Snakes, water snakes. Give me the creeps.

Tableleg
09-29-2007, 19:41
Granted I have limited experience thus far, but nothing in the ocean has threatened me, so I don't fear anything yet. There's no sense in fearing something I've never seen or have no experience with.

mdwestgrl
09-30-2007, 20:57
Sharks, I would go crazy if I ever saw one!! I don't care what kind, just sharts in general.

ccarter
09-30-2007, 20:58
The Kraken!! :SHOCKED:

Kidder
09-30-2007, 21:03
I think I would fear the box jelly fish around AUS. I've dove the GBR and seen the net on the beach that were specially there to keep them out. Ever sense I saw the discovery channel on them.

scuba cat
09-30-2007, 21:20
I would surface shortly after I see a shark or salt water crocodile or alligator. Jellyfish don't worry me so much, at least I can just keep my distance from it's tentacles and it won't aggressively hunt me down. If diving around Australia, the thought of the Iriconji (tiny killer jellyfish) would freak me out.

Wozzer
09-30-2007, 23:11
The infamous Floating Turd....aieee!

sudnit5
10-01-2007, 05:26
The infamous Floating Turd....aieee!

Eewwwww!

I don't like jelly fish. I really don't like the big ones

booger
10-01-2007, 06:21
I'm glad to see that I'm not alone when it comes to basking sharks. I know they are harmless, but their mouth is sooo huge! I can imagine being sucked into one. I also don't like certain types of crabs including spider, sheep, and arrowheads. Sometimes the big male sea lions creep me out because of stories I've heard about them harassing divers. Luckily, they seem to only harass the guys, and I'm a girl.

cheebaweebie
10-01-2007, 14:38
Bull sharks suck !!!

padi1029
10-01-2007, 18:19
The "insta-buddy" is by far the most freighteneing creature in the water today

moosicman
10-02-2007, 20:42
I would be a little afraid of sea snakes only because I know they are so venomous. I LOVE sharks but still would be a bit apprehensive about seeing one for the first time until I got over the JAWS mentality that has been instilled in me. That is a hurdle that I can't wait to cross. OOOO and the Portugese Man O' War....

Kokomo
10-02-2007, 20:57
I saw a program on National Geographic about Humboldt Squid. I would be highly upset if I saw one of them! There was a time when I thought I'd be very frightened if I saw a shark but when we were in the Keys a hammerhead swam by about 10 feet in front of us and it was AMAZING!

bubble-head
10-02-2007, 21:00
Snakes are something I avoid at all costs.

Cissycox
10-09-2007, 20:26
I have been stung several time even though I took all precautions...those darn things are just so small and hard to see til its too late!!!!!!:smiley5:

Scubastud16
10-09-2007, 20:53
The Box Jelly, the Port. Man of War, and sea snakes. Great white would freak me out. Anything other shark I'd love to see.

'Cudas don't scare me, I love to follow them around (from a distance). Talk about a cool fish...

datamunk
10-09-2007, 21:23
yea im only afraid of bullsharks or i guess if i would see a great white, which i doubt i will in florida... everythin else wont bother me... well i guess like danny said a man of war can ruin your day .. or life

Scubastud16
10-09-2007, 23:48
Box Jellies really scare me, because they are TINY, and are worse (if I remember correctly) from the P.M.O.W.

subsur
10-11-2007, 14:57
i'm scared of anything that can kill me potentially UW. so great whites, hammerhead, bull sharks. box jellyfishes, etc etc, i also don't like snake-like creatures. but if buddy is close - then i feel ok. maybe because i've been diving in low vis water. i don't know, i'll let you know once i come back from bonaire in a month.

RoadRacer1978
10-11-2007, 19:50
I haven't dove in the ocean, so my fears would be a little more freshwater. About the only thing I would really fear underwater in the lakes around here would be Alligators or Crocodiles. Not native here, but a 6'er was found in a pond about 10 miles from here. Figured it was released by someone that purchased it at a flea market. So guess they could be a real fear now. OH NO!!!

Pandora
10-12-2007, 22:38
The First time divers on the boat

Scubastud16
10-13-2007, 01:24
The First time divers on the boat


Hah! Watch out when they hit the "up button" on the "elevator controls."

dludwig
10-13-2007, 07:59
Most scared of my dive buddy w/ a speargun...or is that what he says about me? :smilie39:

UCFKnightDiver
10-13-2007, 12:35
I would have to say jelly fish, got stung by one from my arm pit to my pinky toe once it hurt like hell for like a day!!!! dont particularly like any of the afore mentioned either especially that blue ring octopus, I heard that the only way you can tell its that is if you agetate it, and then you see the blue rings right before it strikes not fun

Scubastud16
10-13-2007, 14:41
What the heck is a blue-ring octopus?

UCFKnightDiver
10-13-2007, 15:08
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue-ringed_octopus
http://www.earlham.edu/~sheedjo/blue-ringedoctopus.htm
http://www.barrierreefaustralia.com/the-great-barrier-reef/blueringedoctopus.htm

there are a few I found, didnt really look at them, I dont know if its such an issue to me because of where I am located, but the fact that you cant tell until basicly your bitten by them really freaks me out!!!

Scubastud16
10-13-2007, 15:22
Wow, crazy! Who would have known a tiny little octopus would be poisonous to kill human...

danielh03
10-14-2007, 03:08
Golfball sized??? My that would be hard to spot

kyfriedchipper
10-14-2007, 10:44
Great whitey

abcitydiver
10-14-2007, 11:47
Leopard Seals..though I might be more hesitaint about their home waters..enough to so that I would never encounter one!

There are only two of us that think those green eels aren't the ugliest scariest looking kids on the block?

RoadRacer1978
10-14-2007, 11:50
No, not ugly at all. I love seeing moray eels. I think they are quite cool looking, not a bit ugly.

booger
01-07-2008, 19:01
I think I forgot to it mention in my last post, but I really would not like to run into an elephant seal in the water. Those things are HUGE! (and scary).

RECDiver
01-07-2008, 21:07
Other divers scare me the most. Next to that alligators or crocadiles, although I don't think I have dove somewhere where they would be a problem.

Grizbear98
01-07-2008, 21:45
I'm mortified by Jellyfish of any sort, even the tiny freshwater ones with no cnidocytes

Capt Hook
01-07-2008, 22:05
Spear fishermen scare me more than anything else.

mudshark
01-07-2008, 23:01
I'd like to see tiger and great whites (my non-diving friends and diving husband think I'm absolutely nuts on that one) but I'm sure my wetsuit would get even wetter if I actually saw them. Beyond that, the idea of alligators scare me and box jellys, though any jellyfish seem unpleasant though they're beautiful creatures.

Z-naught
01-08-2008, 07:36
Cubomedusae (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Box_jellyfish), e.g. Irukandji. I find blobs of gelatinous goo with 24 eyes, potentially lethal venom, and the ability to actively hunt humans to be pretty disconcerting, to say the least. If cubozoa aren't a good reason to always wear a full body skin suit when warm water diving, I don't know what is.

setesh
01-09-2008, 10:06
Bull sharks, great whites, anything that is big enough to take a bite out of me and might be so inclined to.

Some scientists theorize that great whites are sometimes just curious when they bite humans. They say it would be like when a baby sees something new and puts it in it's mouth to learn more about it, feel it, etc. Problem is, they say, that great whites have such large mouths, and so many sharp pointy teeth that the object of curiosity comes off somewhat the worse for wear.

Bull sharks are actually much more of a danger to humans, but just not as scary looking. Besides that, their smaller size means that more people survive their bites.

Besides the facts, I'm also leery of big sharks because of watching too many youtube videos:smiley5:

I ate nemo
01-09-2008, 19:50
i would be very afraid of jellyfish and alligators because there both weird and mean. also maybe a barracuda because they just sit there watching you and it gets kindof creapy.*_*

cutter77
01-09-2008, 21:19
I'm concerned about other divers (ie dropping weights on me, grabbing my reg, kicking my mask off) but jellyfish really bother me cause they're so small. And I'd NEVER stick my hand in any hole to dig out a bug!

snyder42
01-10-2008, 12:34
Barracudas! They are sneaky fish! I was in Florida over the holiday and one kinda shadowed me while I was snorkeling. You could tell he was tilting his body as he watched me from a profile. I'd swim a bit spin around and he would be in a different spot but closer. Swim a bit more and now he's over there just a bit closer! I am use to swimming with those guys but this one was spooky. Took off my dive watch, threw it in the boat and checked for any other shiny objects. Eventually swam directly at him and he went away.

setesh
01-10-2008, 21:23
Barracudas! They are sneaky fish! I was in Florida over the holiday and one kinda shadowed me while I was snorkeling. You could tell he was tilting his body as he watched me from a profile. I'd swim a bit spin around and he would be in a different spot but closer. Swim a bit more and now he's over there just a bit closer! I am use to swimming with those guys but this one was spooky. Took off my dive watch, threw it in the boat and checked for any other shiny objects. Eventually swam directly at him and he went away.

Predators don't generally like being challenged. A challenge means the prey is in good physical condition, good enough to fight. I'm not saying that it considered you prey, I'm saying it's something that is ingrained into predators in general.

cyclone3565
01-11-2008, 08:14
None, as long as you respect. I have taken Wide Angle close ups of Oceanic White Tips and have never had any issues. I did get nailed by Fire Coral once, for not paying attention on a wreck.

moosicman
01-11-2008, 10:02
None, as long as you respect. I have taken Wide Angle close ups of Oceanic White Tips and have never had any issues. I did get nailed by Fire Coral once, for not paying attention on a wreck.

Do you have those photos posted some place...would love to see them. :)

Ohio_diver16
01-28-2008, 15:48
For some reason I'd be cautious around majority of marine creatures. However, the movie Lake Placid (even though I know it was WAY overboard - no pun intende) worries me more than anything. So I would definitely say gators or crocs would worry me the most.

Goober
01-28-2008, 16:01
Well...Tigers, Bulls, Oceanic White Tips, Whites, Makos....are ya smelling what I'm stepin' in?

DiveSooner
01-28-2008, 16:05
I think everyone has touch all of them, except....

a Baby Ruth!

There's one of us in every crowd.

jeepbrew
01-28-2008, 18:41
Other divers...

WaScubaDude
01-28-2008, 18:57
Cubomedusae (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Box_jellyfish), e.g. Irukandji. I find blobs of gelatinous goo with 24 eyes, potentially lethal venom, and the ability to actively hunt humans to be pretty disconcerting, to say the least. If cubozoa aren't a good reason to always wear a full body skin suit when warm water diving, I don't know what is.

Talk about scarry! 5,000 plus deaths! If you haven't followed the link , you should have a look. Mid-evil looking.

UCFKnightDiver
01-28-2008, 19:16
Cubomedusae (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Box_jellyfish), e.g. Irukandji. I find blobs of gelatinous goo with 24 eyes, potentially lethal venom, and the ability to actively hunt humans to be pretty disconcerting, to say the least. If cubozoa aren't a good reason to always wear a full body skin suit when warm water diving, I don't know what is.

Talk about scarry! 5,000 plus deaths! If you haven't followed the link , you should have a look. Mid-evil looking.

yeah id be scared of box jellies you could be sure if i was in these areas I would have wetsuit gloves a hood an a mask on!!!

Think
01-29-2008, 07:29
I've been stung by Jelly Fish a couple of times. While it definitely hurts and I hate those little things, they don't "put the fear in me." I was fishing in the gulf once in about 4' of water and a shark swam in front of me. It couldn't of been more than 10' away. That was definitely pretty scary but really by the time I could do anything it was already gone. As far as sting rays, I fed and swam with a group of them in Nassau (captured and de-barbed) and also snorkeled around some wild ones, so they don't scare me. I'm heading to the Yucatan this summer and for whatever reason am scared as hell about Barracudas. Deep down I know they won't hurt you, but for whatever reason those things creep me out.

MConnelly2
01-29-2008, 12:29
Juvenile scallops. If the shellfish warden catches you with even one, they can dump your whole bushel back in. Nub scallops count as adults, but they're not worth the time to shuck them this year! Meats the size of sea scallop meats this year.

And crabs. Don't know why, but those little crabs freak me out.

MConnelly2
01-29-2008, 12:35
Oh yeah, and lobsters faster than me. I'm the Adult ADD poster boy - I've got my finger snapped on by ne ofthose little buggers while reaching in for him and paying attention to something else.

Super-Duper Scubasteve
01-29-2008, 14:08
For me, this really nasty fish with a chunk of its back missing. I saw this critter on my first dive and the thing still creeps me out when I see it at that dive site.

UCFKnightDiver
01-29-2008, 14:43
I've been stung by Jelly Fish a couple of times. While it definitely hurts and I hate those little things, they don't "put the fear in me." I was fishing in the gulf once in about 4' of water and a shark swam in front of me. It couldn't of been more than 10' away. That was definitely pretty scary but really by the time I could do anything it was already gone. As far as sting rays, I fed and swam with a group of them in Nassau (captured and de-barbed) and also snorkeled around some wild ones, so they don't scare me. I'm heading to the Yucatan this summer and for whatever reason am scared as hell about Barracudas. Deep down I know they won't hurt you, but for whatever reason those things creep me out.

when people say box jellies they arnt talking about any normal jelly fish they are talking about one whos sting will kill and that the pain reported by people on a scale from 1-10 has been a 10 I personally could care less about regular jelly fish heck they dont even hurt that much but box jellies no way

Think
01-29-2008, 15:03
yeah, i know what box jellyfish are :) i didn't refer to any other posts, i was just talking about regular ol' jellyfish. also, i gotta say that may be the longest sentence i've ever read.

Super-Duper Scubasteve
01-29-2008, 15:05
Definetly jellyfish they are the worst

Li'l Castaway
01-29-2008, 15:31
Bull sharks and Saltwater crocodiles

DennisW
01-30-2008, 11:22
Fireworms, also called Bristleworms. I've known two people stung by them and either one could have caused a fatality for an inexperienced diver. Said to be extremely painful and causes difficulty breathing.

UCFKnightDiver
01-30-2008, 11:41
yeah, i know what box jellyfish are :) i didn't refer to any other posts, i was just talking about regular ol' jellyfish. also, i gotta say that may be the longest sentence i've ever read.


oop sorry didnt meen to sound like an ass lol and yeah maybe I should pay attention to the punctuation sigh

fisheater
01-30-2008, 20:12
Around here, great white sharks. Not likely to see one, but the story goes likely they see you.

Grizbear98
01-30-2008, 20:41
I'm afraid of Jellyfish, terrified of them

I'd probably crap my suit if I saw a great white coming too close or another aggressive shark

Aussie
01-30-2008, 20:48
over Come Your Fears!!!

visit Australia

we Have Them All And Some More

divingchef
01-31-2008, 10:58
dont think they will hurt you but ive seen pics of 40 ft i believe they are called manta rays anything thats 6 times bigger then me ...no thanks

harmless, as long as you stay stationary, they will swim right past you with their "sonar".....youŽll think they will "ram" you but they turn at last minute......as long as you stay as stationary as possible......harmless and beautiful....

I have this thing about eels........they donŽt scare me so much, just had a bad experience years ago surf fishing.....and man-o-wars......those guys are hardcore!, but slow which makes them avoidable, unless there are 10,000 of them of course......and some insta-buddies IŽve had.....scariest thing Ive ever seen......those are the dives you WANT to see a white shark...and just kind of swim your "new buddy" right up real close like......if you get my drift......ooops....sorry about your leg dude.....weŽll get you a new one from ST!

fireblossom4
02-01-2008, 12:02
Those tiny box jellies in OZ. After seeing the effects of MINOR stings on the researchers, and the fact that they are the size of a finger nail.... NO THANKS!





FD
yaaaaa i dont c me diving in australia now that i saw that show about them, scary
i cant really think of anything else im scared of, but im sure theres much more i just cant think of them

oh wait! i thought of another! my dad

icandy6298
02-01-2008, 12:21
I am afraid of Jellyfish. I like cuddlefish though they like to come at your face.

NucMed Man
02-01-2008, 12:31
Eels of all shapes, colors, and size!:help: They are just ugly and sneaky!:frownyes:

pyre24
02-10-2008, 21:34
sharks, definately. Going to be swimming with Sandtiger sharks next month. looking forward to it. But if it smiles at me, im out of there!

RoyN
02-10-2008, 21:41
Shark? Oh come on....the most they'll do is go away, get frighten by you. The ones I fear in California is the harbor seals, the dolphins, electric ray, cabezons, and other divers.

Suther2136
02-10-2008, 22:21
I would have to say stone fish. Lion fish and scorpions are OK, not nice but they won't kill you. Sea snakes would be up there too. 7 more....

cmburch
02-25-2008, 02:10
One night I was doing a baby dive at Hopkins Reef Monterey Bay and a Harbor Seal swam straight at me. Before I could suck in some air to scream, it angled slightly to go by me and by its slight profile I recognized it was a Harbor Seal. All I saw was a circular object coming straight at me out of the dark very fast. So the air came out my reg as an embarrassed laugh.

I swim every morning before breakfast at Waikiki Beach Oahu in front of the Hale Koa with my swim goggles and no fins. Kind of just enjoying myself, sometimes half asleep and just cruising along. When this big sea monster appeared right before my face, after I had just taken a breath and I was turning my head back down into the water. It took me a fraction of a second to realize it was a sea turtle. I was actually somewhat shaken (adrenaline flowing, breathing rapidly), but laughing about it.

Obviously, I was probably thinking shark in both instances.

chinacat46
02-25-2008, 08:51
I mentioned much earlier in this thread(pg 4 or 5) that the one creature that I give a lot of respect and distance to is the Titan Trigger. For those of you who are DAN members and receive Alert Diver mag check the March/April story "War and Peace in the Deep". It's about Titan Triggers.

rye_a
02-25-2008, 12:27
I believe an alligator would scare me pretty good. Especially a large one.

Yep. I suppose a saltwater croc would scare the crap outta me in the water.

rye_a
02-25-2008, 12:28
Oh yeah...and a dangerous insta-buddy.

DiverJoe
02-25-2008, 14:07
My fear? Some idiot diver withhis firstspeargun who sees my shadow and mistakes me for some sort of threat and lets fly.
<DIV></DIV>
<DIV>Man...the most dangerous creature on land, sea, or air. We know what to expect from animals. A shark will always act like a shark.</DIV>

LOL I know that one, or when they drop thier loaded spear-gun from 20 feet when you are at 90 and it floats down where the spear-tip of this ready to fire weapon hits you in the mask. Equipment control folks:smiley2:

BTW, yeah I did give it back, disarmed (worst part was they did'nt know they'd lost it!):smiley11:

Dive Safe all!
DiverJoe

JTMoney
02-25-2008, 16:37
Something that I never even thought of before after my ow certification dives. I'd have to say it's jelly fish for that experience alone. First time diving in the gulf and I was stung on my chin the first dive, then on my neck on the second. The ride back on the boat kind of stunk.

rfb3
02-25-2008, 16:51
A big, fat great white, or a near sighted spear fisherman! :)

rye_a
02-25-2008, 18:01
Something that I never even thought of before after my ow certification dives. I'd have to say it's jelly fish for that experience alone. First time diving in the gulf and I was stung on my chin the first dive, then on my neck on the second. The ride back on the boat kind of stunk.


Doesn't urine take care of the stinging?:smilie39:

johnyringo
02-25-2008, 20:34
I don't "fear" anything in the water, but I do have the "utmost respect" for large tigers and bulls...lol.

maggs_the
02-25-2008, 20:44
i am now officially skeered of Humbolt Squid

johnyringo
02-25-2008, 20:46
i am now officially skeered of Humbolt Squid

Hey...ya gotta point there, let me add that to my "utmost respect" list!

Dark Wolf
02-25-2008, 21:46
The thing that scares me most when I see it in the water? Easy.....Lineman Larry!

DW

Crimediver
02-26-2008, 06:34
Propellers !

Clanggedin
02-26-2008, 10:21
I'm scared of Naegleria fowleri - the brain destroying amoeba. I believe it can live in both salt and fresh water.

JTMoney
02-26-2008, 12:16
Something that I never even thought of before after my ow certification dives. I'd have to say it's jelly fish for that experience alone. First time diving in the gulf and I was stung on my chin the first dive, then on my neck on the second. The ride back on the boat kind of stunk.


Doesn't urine take care of the stinging?:smilie39:

For some reason no one was willing to help me out.:smiley19:

emcbride81
02-26-2008, 14:30
i am now officially skeered of Humbolt Squid

Hey...ya gotta point there, let me add that to my "utmost respect" list!


I agree with that statement right there...I am very respectful of all fish, but some get it more than others!

Now, I have been diving with sharks and barracuda...but the only fish that has ever attacked me is a blue phase Sgt. Major gaurding his eggs...so I gotta say the little guys are tough.

cutter77
02-27-2008, 19:53
At night: anything that stings, i.e., jellies, fire bristle worms, sleeping stonefish, and sea urchins. I feel like I have better odds of seeing them and avoiding them during the daylight hours.

I ate nemo
02-29-2008, 13:24
jelly fish, aligators and big sharks

Travelnsj
03-05-2008, 01:23
I've had Sharks in my face, Titan Triggerfish biting my fin (stay away from their nests).....my worst fear is when I'm occasionally on a cattle boat and an inexperienced diver is freaking out underwater!

EuphoriaII
03-06-2008, 08:31
I only worry about sharks when I'm on the surface and not in dive gear (like on a raft). I don't worry about them when I see them, just when I can't (kind of like Chuck Norris).
Otherwise, jellyfish are about the only thing.

My son is creeped out by eels. It's always good to keep a healthy distance from those anyway.

EuphoriaII
03-06-2008, 08:35
..my worst fear is when I'm occasionally on a cattle boat and an inexperienced diver is freaking out underwater!

Thats probably the most dangerous thing underwater

Travelnsj
03-07-2008, 22:10
My son is creeped out by eels. It's always good to keep a healthy distance from those anyway.

When I was in Kona on a Manta dive in August.....we had about 10 of the Mantas come in and they were knocking us around....I felt something touching the back of my neck (I only wear a shorty) and I turned my head slightly...and an eel was staring at me....It was an automatic reflex to brush it away...but that was cool:smiley20:

Chocoholic
03-09-2008, 16:38
I mentioned much earlier in this thread(pg 4 or 5) that the one creature that I give a lot of respect and distance to is the Titan Trigger. For those of you who are DAN members and receive Alert Diver mag check the March/April story "War and Peace in the Deep". It's about Titan Triggers.

I just read that, scary little beggars.

Chocoholic
03-09-2008, 16:43
I'm scared of Naegleria fowleri - the brain destroying amoeba. I believe it can live in both salt and fresh water.

OMG! I just googled this, never heard of it before. Now I am freaked out about fresh water.

snarkyone
03-09-2008, 22:36
My son is creeped out by eels. It's always good to keep a healthy distance from those anyway.

When I was in Kona on a Manta dive in August.....we had about 10 of the Mantas come in and they were knocking us around....I felt something touching the back of my neck (I only wear a shorty) and I turned my head slightly...and an eel was staring at me....It was an automatic reflex to brush it away...but that was cool:smiley20:

OMG, this made me break out in goose bumps. I'm not scared of sharks, (although I don't want to mess with one) I'm not even scared of (non-venemous) snakes but the though of an eek completely freaks me out and I don't know why.:smiley19:

Did I mention I'll be in Kona in May? *shudder*

Travelnsj
03-10-2008, 00:08
The eel went to another diver beside me and did the same thing...wraped around their neck and its head next to the divers head...it was friendy, did not bite....it was really cool:smiley20:....I just wish I did not brush it away!

PhD4JC
03-15-2008, 20:05
Tyson the Turtle strikes again!





Im not really scared of anything underwater..
But the snapping turtle that took a good bite on my ear yesterday makes them not my favorite :smiley26:
You are kidding aren't you????

No, it really happened..
OMG.....did it get away with part of your ear? I will be on the look-out for those you can be sure!

Splitlip
03-15-2008, 20:16
[quote=EuphoriaII;141989]
My son is creeped out by eels. It's always good to keep a healthy distance from those anyway.

I'm not even scared of (non-venemous) snakes but the though of an eek completely freaks me out and I don't know why.:smiley19:



Don't know what an EEK is, but it sounds reallty scaby.

Splitlip
03-16-2008, 05:54
sorry. It was Snarky's. The "eek" instead of "eel", just sounded funny.
Never intended offend anybody.

NoTime58
03-16-2008, 06:56
I have a tendency to keep my eyes on the Barracuda. They have a thing about following me around a dive site. Had one follow my instructor around for an entire dive in the Cayman Islands. Had another one (big sucker too) circle myself and three other divers while we were doing a safety stop in Key West last month. Kinda creeps me out (LOL) !!

DRNightdiver
03-17-2008, 20:21
I agree with you NoTime. I know their just curious but I tend to empty my tank much faster when there's a 6ft barracuda hanging around. They don't seem to go away. They just stare at you showing you their fangs.:003:

NoTime58
03-18-2008, 05:29
I agree with you NoTime. I know their just curious but I tend to empty my tank much faster when there's a 6ft barracuda hanging around. They don't seem to go away. They just stare at you showing you their fangs.:003:

I'd post a picture of the one that followed us around the site in Grand Cayman, but it's too large to post here (too many pixels). It was'nt that large, maybe 3 ft at most but he got pretty close while we were making our safety stop. The Barracuda in Florida that kept circling us was about a five footer.

carriersanders
03-18-2008, 17:38
I agree with Subaqua (http://forum.scubatoys.com/../members/subaqua.html)...after watching a youtube shark vs octopus, I think running into a big octopus would be pretty scary!