"When They Realise It's A Human . . . They Back Off"
I was often asked why there was so much fuzz around wearing fins when diving with sharks. My answer would always be that if the shark made a mistake or if recognition came in too late for the shark, they would always go for the fins first to immobilise it's prey. This is what they would normally do to immobilise a seal, a turtle or any other fish it could get to. But if they recognise that its a human, they back off in the last second as shown in this amazing footage filmed last year off West Palm Beach, Florida courtesy of brilliant Aerial, Landscape and Underwater Photographer and Videographer, Shark and Marine Conservationist, David Diez @daviddiez - So this happened yesterday! While filming my girlfriend @helenpalacios with my drone a shark came close to tasting her. What I think happened was that the shark confused her fins for a fish, but then as soon as it realized it was a human it quickly backed off. The poor water visibility confused the shark. This is how most shark attacks happen in Florida specially this time of year when sharks like the blacktip are migrating through the Florida coast following schools of fish. Sharks aren't man eaters they're just carnivores who make mistakes like we do. Helen and I will continue to explore our beautiful ocean.
Very well said coming from David. When this was posted March last year throves of media outfits approached David to have this footage released to the world. Some would base the report on hard facts.. But more often, some would taint the footage with lies just for the sales and ratings.
Please people, enough of the Jaws Syndrome. Sharks have had enough of this fear mongering too long. Lets not use fear as an excuse to decimate a species, an excuse to heal self inflicted diseases from fish and meat consumption, an excuse for graduer or false tales of immortal life. If we dream of surviving as a race, sharks hold that important key controlling all trophic levels of our oceans. The more sharks, the more healthy fish stocks. Artisanal fishermen know it. Sadly, commercial fisheries ignore it.
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