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 Posted: Tue Sep 16th, 2008 02:29 am
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sea sick wrote: These guys either have balls of steel or no brains.

 

Hiya sea sick.............I think they suffer from both aflictions. Crazy brave stuff!

I saw the DBN chap on DSTV, diving with Tiger Sharks. He recons that the Tigers are always around, but most divers are not aware of the presence.

Good show still, I like it when good old South Africa features on the Int. channels.

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 Posted: Tue Sep 16th, 2008 05:51 pm
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I would not like to do it myself,but it does give one a small insight into the world of sharks.I dont think any of the land-based "predators" will allow one to come so close into their ""personal space" ,from a tiny miniature Doberman ,to Cheetahs,Leopards,and let alone the Lion,will allow a human stranger this privilage.
Comparatively speaking,sharks would then look rather docile,and it is a pity that one or two movies created the perception of them being the "ultimate maneater".

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 Posted: Tue Sep 16th, 2008 07:10 pm
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You're right about wrong perceptions. I dived a lot with several different species of sharks and we had a rule about no sudden movements because it would scare them off!! One of my mates would purposely spear fish in the guts and let the sharks grab it off........that could get hairy at times when 7 or 8 sharks were all after the free meal.

Picture is of a Silvertip that would always visit us at one particular reef.

Attachment: Silvertip at Reef 39.jpg (Downloaded 578 times)

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 Posted: Tue Sep 16th, 2008 07:22 pm
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Nice pic ! Water is awesome in the background.Is this in Moz ?

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 Posted: Tue Sep 16th, 2008 07:37 pm
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Beaut pic! water is awsome. Great viz. I would also guess moz.
I have seen quite a few sharks when spearing, the only one that has ever given me problems weas a zambie. Zambies in the T-Kei get huge and are agressive.

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 Posted: Tue Sep 16th, 2008 08:03 pm
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Dived T-Kei on 3 different occasions for 5 days or so each.Never seen a Zambie,only had a big skrik when I landed on the sand next to a small "reef" on one dive off Mpolompo.The "reef" promptly started moving.Turned out to be the grand daddy of all Raggies ^^..

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 Posted: Tue Sep 16th, 2008 08:08 pm
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What time of the year and where in the kei?
Mboytjie has a few. I think they seem to go further south in the winter months.
Did you ever come right with that motor? The one with the carb problems?

Last edited on Tue Sep 16th, 2008 08:11 pm by carcharias

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 Posted: Wed Sep 17th, 2008 11:18 am
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No, it's the Red Sea. I lived in a place called Yanbu Al-Bahr in Saudi Arabia for four years and dived just about every week-end. Sort of spoils you for everywhere else though!

Ever dived with one of these? We were heading out to a reef and saw birds diving and on investigating a bait ball saw this Oceanic White Tip. We all jumped in and he spent about 5 minutes swimming around us and then took off. Was in 100+m water. Also dived with Silky, Scalloped Hammers, White & Silver Tip Reef sharks. Not to mention turtles, dolphins, manta, dugongs, etc, etc. As I said, the Red Sea spoils you!

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 Posted: Wed Sep 17th, 2008 11:20 am
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Hi Kevin.
Another awsome pic. Is the pic in your avatar also the Red sea?

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 Posted: Wed Sep 17th, 2008 11:22 am
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Red Sea at Yanbu

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 Posted: Wed Sep 17th, 2008 11:26 am
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Yes it is.

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 Posted: Wed Sep 17th, 2008 04:40 pm
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The common feeling is that it was oceanic white-tips that ate all those sailors on the US warship that sank after it delivered the hiroshima bomb.

About Zambies.... National Geographic also has another doccie about a chap in the states who believed all the stand still control breathing slow down heart rate bla bla bla, and they did a couple of doccies with him... then oneday one of his zambies took off his whole calf muscle...

Apparantly a female zambie has more testosterone than a male bulle elephant in "must", hence their overly aggressive nature.

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 Posted: Wed Sep 17th, 2008 05:10 pm
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I know that Jacques Cousteau considered the Oceanic White Tip as the most dangerous shark in the seas, including the Great White. Not too sure why he came to that conclusion but I can tell you that even though I jumped in to swim with a OWT, I would not do that with a GW!!

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 Posted: Wed Sep 17th, 2008 05:30 pm
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The white tip got is reputation during WWII. when ever a ship was sunk and crew were in the water white tips would feed on the survivors in the water.

imagine a large bait ball made up of sailors, the next min people start being pulled under. they are notoriously more aggressive and would  apparently more readily attack people in the water than any other shark.

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 Posted: Fri Sep 19th, 2008 11:02 am
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USS Indeanapolis - 316 men were rescued out of the crew of 1,199. Kevin i think the presence of blood changes the attitude of the white tip a lot more. Seeing as the boat wass torpedo's i suspect quite a few sailors were bleeding when they hit the water. Also the sharks would only see the bottom half of the sailors changing the size of the "bait" they were attacking quite a bit, in comparison to your entire body when u were diving with this one. Plus i think that sharks have personality traits, certainly great whites do, and this one could be a "nice guy".

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 Posted: Fri Sep 19th, 2008 10:37 pm
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You may be right. Also, this one was not very big and I think the smaller one's are more wary (so they can become big one's!) I have heard that Oceanic White Tips follow pods of whales and dolphins and this tagging along instinct is so strong that they follow ships as well....maybe that's why so many people get chomped when tthe ship sinks????

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the GWs ....eish
r u sure it aint very VERY cleverly photoshopped. dam, that guy got serious balles ne...... makes the tiger shark diver look like childs play.

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 Posted: Tue Jul 21st, 2009 12:59 pm
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This is exactly why I don't swim in the ocean! Scary stuff! Absolutely Beautiful, but scary as hell!

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I watched a program on natgeowild about a month or two ago where guys did a documentory on Tigersharks. they all seemed to be non aggresive to man, Tigers also tend to go more for dead baits as oposed to life bait. investigating anything on the ocean floor.

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sea sick wrote: These guys either have balls of steel or no brains. awsome pictures, i stay out of their pool and they stay away from the beach.
:hyst::hyst::hyst:i have to agree... they'll probably end up like Steve Irwin soon....

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