Scary Marine Wildlife Encounters [Video]
What should scuba divers do when they feel at risk from wild marine life?
It is suggested that when scuba divers feel threatened by marine wildlife that they should ascend slowly towards the surface while keeping an eye on the animal until the perceived threat has dissipated.
There is little that one can do to prevent unwanted wildlife encounters, but it helps to be educated about how to handle encounters with marine wildlife.
What I believe it all boils down to is realizing that we, as divers are just visitors in their environment. Your safety, for the most part, is often as simple as just maintaining a safe distance from wild marine animals.
Although rare, when compiled, these extreme attacks on divers are scary.
Watch the video compilation below to see how scary things can potentially get.
As we all know, things can and do happen. Fortunately they don’t happen that often and are not as dramatic as the ones shown in this compilation.
Images Source: Youtube Video Clips
Huge Fish Bites Scuba Diver
Giant Grouper Challenges Spear Fisherman
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Sharks do show signs of aggression with body language so maybe someone who dives with seals might have an idea to their behavior moves from what is it to, is it a danger. Anyone able to share information?
Most of these aren’t really attacks. The whale breaching isn’t an attack, the small boat was in the wrong place at the wrong time. The guy that had on chain mail on that was feeding sharks again not an attack when you’re hand feeding the animal can get confused . The guy that got bit on the face by the nurse shark, not an attack, that clip is disceiving, that happen in key largo quite a few years back and the dive master/guide was handling theshark and decided to give it a kiss. When he went to kiss him he got bit on his face and lip. The clip from the leopard seal mouth also deceiving. That was a clip from a leopard seal trip and the seal was open mouthing towards the camera. Never actually bit or attacked anyone. The guy with his legs flapping and kicking around another glorified story. Anyone who dived with big animals knows the precautions and risks that come with it. Also the guy diving with tiger sharks wearing a bright yellow tank clearing had no idea what they were doing. There is a reason you don’t wear colors especially yellow ( like the stripe of yellow on tuna) and the shark was trying to grab the tank. This story was written with the oh watch this it’s attacks glorified by the media using other people’s clips. Some divers are irresponsible and put themselves in a bad position getting themselves injured and doing harm to the animal, like bringing the bait so close to the cage with a great white causing him to get his nose jammed into the cage. They don’t have a transmission and can’t throw it into reverse. That’s irresponsible dive operators. Have some common sense when interacting in the water. Most divers are sick and tired of the media hype-ing these stories. Shark diving for 6 years, never been “attacked” or mistaken for prey.
just wanted to support karin’s comments.
Karin is very right. None of the octopus ones were attacking at all, just curious or startled. I’ve had an octopus attached to my arm and hand before, and it didn’t hurt me in any way! The angel shark one looked like the drivers had startled and scared it from its hiding place, they are non aggressive too. Most of these are a case of stupid humans either overreacting or actually harassing the animals into reacting.