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Old 02 January 2013, 03:44   #11
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I've been on three Isla Guadalupe cage diving trips.

I've always found the sharks are quite timid. Despite a chum slick that you can probably spot from space, it takes them quite a while (hours or more) to come in to hit the hang baits.

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Old 02 January 2013, 15:36   #12
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I'd be getting out of that boat real fast, too.

It seems like very strange behavior for a great white. I'm obviously no expert, but it's like something you'd see in Jaws 8-3D rather than real life. How, exactly, do you provoke a shark to bite/attack a *boat*?

Presumably the boat was finished? Is it worth repairing tears that big?
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shark bite

To some extent you'd have to believe that this could have been provoken, especially given the fact that there are a number of Youtube videos of Shark's attacking inflatables. Yet it never seems to happen to the people studying sharks, whales and such.

Although i did talk to a customer who had their inflatable lifted up and almost flipped by a whale's tale. I guess that is what you get for a being curious about them.
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White sharks are known for biting outboards since they produce a light electronic signal.

We dive in the Red Triangle (Great White congregated area), and the last thing on my mind is a shark biting my inflatable boat. We also go whale watching outside the mouth of the Tomales Bay which is known as a Great White hotspot. There I worry more about rogue waves when re-entering the bay. Actually keep hoping to see a shark there.
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Old 03 January 2013, 14:37   #15
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That's are other YouTube vids of sharks attacking inflatable boats!?!?

I'd love some links!
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A great white shark apparently took a bite out of a lifeguard's board at Bondi Beach this week. It's like a scene from Amity with everyone out of the water!

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Yet it never seems to happen to the people studying sharks, whales and such.
Dr. Peter Whatever-his-name-is out of UC Santa Cruz had a 16' Zodiac holed by a white shark while studying GWS's at Ano Nuevo a few years back. I believe they were chumming then, too. As I recall, there was a video of it somewhere.

I hit a whale coming back into Monterey Harbor about 3 years ago; it surfaced about 10' in front of me just as I was rolling off the throttle for the no wake zone. Felt the impact on the hull, then the motor, and it was over. A guy going out said he followed the whale for about a half mile and reported no gashes or bleeding.

I also recall a few instances of breaching humpbacks landing on boats (one off Central California, one down in the LA/San Diego area, and a sailboat in the Caribbean.)

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California State Park lifeguard holds up the surfboard of Eric Tarantino, who neck and forearm was bitten. He was lucky the shark's teeth got the board
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Boatnomad; different case. A surfer is eesentially a seal imitation, complete with flipper movement.

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Surely a SIB or RIB surrounded by chum and emitting electrical current and movement must scream "dying cetacean!" to any passing shark. They're not the brightest bulb on the christmas tree
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