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I've been diving and spearfishing the GOM for around 8 or so years now.. I've had one maybe two sharks be aggressive towards me and I'm down there with blood in the water / holding my dead fish on a stringer with me... and it seems like I see more and more sharks now days because of the outlawing of long lining in the GOM
The one that I can think of that was the most aggressive was a bull shark in 100' of water... We were diving a oil rig out of Ft. Morgan, AL not very far from land... I'd say we were 6-8 Miles offshore.. Me and two friends were down on the rig spearing some Red Snapper when I had just shot one directly on the ocean floor.. I reach down to start pulling him in and 10' in front of me a big bull rips right by.... I quickly brought the spear in and tapped my tank to alert my buddies, with our sign for shark, that one was in the area... I'd say he was 6' roughly 250-300 pounds... when my buddies signaled back asked where I had seen him he made another pass by us using some aggressive body language (bowing down pec fins very slow quick bursts of a swimming motion towards us) we backed into the rig legs and continued our dive and started to slowing ascend... The bull though watched us the entire time circling right at a distance where you could barely see (about 25-30') but never acted very aggressive towards us again...
Another one I can think of was last fall... We were making a lobster / grouper dive in 130' of water and on our descent had 2 reef sharks swim straight towards us (5' maybe 150ish)... We stopped our decent and swim straight at them guns loaded blowing bubbles out our regs and they hauled ass... never saw them the rest of the dive...
Dive for the thrill, shoot for the kill.
Have you ever seen an Oceanic White Tip diving? I have not
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I don't... You don't mess with them and they won't mess with you... they get aggressive and you be aggressive back... ebb and flow of the ocean brah
Jacques Cousteau called them the most dangerous shark in the ocean. He was not a fan and did not recommend swimming with them. I have no desire wither
Nah they're pretty scarce from what I understand... I mostly see hammerhead, bull, tiger, reef, blacktip, spinner, sandbar, and in the keys nurse sharks out there... Actually my last dive trip (the dive right before I saw the guy underwater that died) I saw a really nice sized reef shark and got him on my GoPro... He was patrolling the outer edge of the natural bottom when I shot a red grouper... He made a pass at a distance to check us out and then left out and never saw him again..
Well if you see one and jump in the water with it you're just asking for it... If you were diving and one happened to stroll up on you I would say 999 times out of 1000 they would keep their distance... and even then that might be a little low of a number...
Yeah, you don't mess with a white tip.
They're in deep waters though.
White tip sharks live only in deep sea. They have also been name in many killings of ship wrecks and plain crashes.
Danielle Hunter, Jamario Rasco, Anthony FREAK Johnson.. DL wrecking crew of 2013.
in fact they are quite cuddly...id like to get one to sleep with IMIO
I've seen one right off the shelf east of the Bahamas when I was diving. I quickly retreated back to the reef where the other divers were.
My group in Honduras was warned about them if we went outside the "safe zone" (what the drunkass captain kept calling it)
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Jesus Christ. That's nightmare fuel.
Darwin Award candidate. He just as easily could of had his arm ripped off. Check out the two OWT's at the 0:56 mark. They are in attack posture and are ready to attack. This dumb ass had no idea how close he came to getting taken apart.
Ever wondered what it would be like to be a natural history cameraman? Follow the dramatic filming of Oceanic White Tip sharks in the heart of the Pacific Ocean and see how quickly a shark can change its behaviour to show its true predator colours. Dramatic scenes from the Making Of Planet Earth - Ocean Deep.
People are soo dumb
I didn't realise quite how close I came to being dinner, this happened on the 15th Dec 2009, an amazing dive I would highly recommend.
This thing is AWESOME
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This thing too
Pyrosomes and salps are pelagic (free-swimming) tunicates or sea squirts. All species are open ocean animals that rarely come close to shore, and all are colonial, although many salps can also be solitary.
Pyrosomes are colonies of tiny animals that form hollow tubes sealed at one end - the species in the first part of the video is giant pyrosome Pyrostremma spinosum - it can reach 30m in length!
Salps have much larger individuals than pyrosomes, individuals pump water through themselves. Colonies are formed of chains of individuals. Salps can form very high densities under good conditions, and are an important oceanic food source for fish.
These animals were filmed off the Tasman Peninsula in Tasmania, Australia - one of the few areas in the world where a wide range of oceanic gelatinous plankton, including ctenophores and jellyfish, comes close to shore, and is easily seen while diving. Filmed by Michael Baron. All footage and images in this video are © Michael Baron, Eaglehawk Dive Centre, all rights reserved. No part of this video can be used in any way and/or in any form without written permission of the copyright owner.
wait just a god dang minute. These things are in Honduras? I'm going on a dive trip to Roatan in November. Where were you diving at that had this chance of seeing them?
Oh no he didn't
Anywhere there is a shelf drop off there runs the risk of seeing an OWT.
The only one I have ever seen was a black blur with white flashes.
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