Why Do Sharks Not Attack Scuba Divers?

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Why Do Sharks Not Attack Scuba Divers?

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Did you ever wonder why sharks attacks on scuba divers are extremely rare and why is that since we see a lot of Instagram pictures with divers with sharks? And you have to wonder why don’t the sharks not attack the divers.

Sharks generally are considered aggressive, like the Great White, Tiger sharks, or even the Hammerhead sharks. There no single shark species that is known as a men eater or there have been no reports of attacks on divers on a regular basis by any particular species of shark.

Sharks like most predators will try to eat their favorite food and humans are not their favorite food.

In today’s post, we will go through why do sharks not attack scuba divers in more detail, so let’s get started!

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Why Don’t Sharks Attack Scuba Divers?

There are a number of reasons why sharks don’t attack divers regularly, there are simple and straight forward reasons. Here are the reasons why sharks don’t attack divers.

Large Fish Eat Smaller Fish

In the sea generally, large fish eat the smaller ones. If a large fish tries to eat another large fish or fish close enough in size there is a high risk of getting injured in the fight.

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Sharks Know What They Like To Eat

Sharks Know What They Like To Eat

Most shark species choose to feed on smaller fish. Some go for larger species to eat turtles, seals, or even sea lions.

Sharks Avoid Humans

By and large sharks will tend to avoid contact with people. And for good reason. Most shark attacks on humans are caused by mistaken identity or human harassing the shark.

What Does Cause a Shark to Attack Humans?

Yes, sharks do attack humans and scuba divers. These attacks are rare but there are a number of reasons a shark will attack. There are as follows.

Mistaken Identity

Most shark attacks are mistaken identity, for example, a shark might mistake a surfer as a turtle and attack. Sharks don’t really have the best of eyesight.

Sharks don’t see humans and scuba divers as a, particularly appetising meal.

Shark Might Mistake a Surfer as a Turtle

They Are Curious

Out of curiosity when the shark sees something a little different, their first instinct is it must take a bite. Their method of investigating things is maybe having a bite.

Too Much Splashing in The Water

In the water, if you make too much noise, splashing and erratic movement as sharks are attracted to feed on animals in distress at the surface. Splashing and erratic movement makes you look like prey.

At the end of the dive, avoid spending unnecessary time surface swimming and board the boat directly.

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Splashing in The Water Can Attract a Sharks

They Smell Blood

Sharks can smell blood and taste blood from up to around a quarter of a mile away. Don’t enter the water if bleeding especially if there are sharks in the area.

Diving in Low Visibility Waters

Avoid diving in waters with low visibility as it increases the chance of a shark mistaking you for something it normally eats.

Spearfishing Around Sharks

Spearfishing, where sharks are in that area, is a bad idea. Mainly because the blood coming out of the fish you are catching will attract sharks.

Sharks can smell blood from far away even if they are not in the area.

What Do You Do if You Encounter A Shark While Scuba Diving?

If you encounter a shark while diving there are tips that will help to make it a smooth encounter.

Stay Calm

Sharks are naturally curious, they sometimes come in to see what divers are doing and then leave. It’s actually a rare opportunity to see one.

If you spot a shark and it stays in an area. Just remain alert and slowly move out of the area, as close to the bottom.

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Stay Calm With Your Dive Buddy

Maintain You Distance

Most sharks have no interest in divers and want nothing to do with divers. Sharks like the leopard sharks and horn sharks lie on the bottom of the sea and can be closely approached.

Divers that mess with sharks like touching, grabbing, or harass a shark are often bitten. This is more a defensive action not aggressive. Simply, respect them and they will respect you.

Swim Towards The Shark

The sharks are smart and know that prey does not swim towards it, so it will turn away. Also, you can not outswim a shark. If a shark is swimming around they are just curious. They are not there to attack.

If you hold still and face them they will go away after close inspection and once they realize that you are human. After that, try and swim away slowly and as close to the bottom with your dive buddy.

If a shark remains curious, and you are growing concerned for some reason then try and stay close to your dive buddy and swim toward it together.

Look Big

Generally, large fish eat the smaller ones. If a shark persists been curious then you and your dive buddy can get closer to together.

Consider the sharks have poor eyesight, this will make you look bigger.

Wrapping Up

Finally, shacks attacks on scuba divers are extremely rare. Most attacks by sharks are mistaken identity. If you encounter a shark remember to maintain your distance and stay calm. They may be curious about you but once there curiosity is satisfied they will generally swim off.

And that’s it for now! I’d love to know if this guide on why do sharks not attack scuba divers has helped you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if there is more to add.

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