THIS IS DEEP, THE WATER WAS NOT:
Hapless Hawaii vacationer Harvey Miller was snorkeling in seemingly shark-safe waters when a grey beast nearly bit a limb off last Thursday. AP reports: the attorney from Toledo was about 450 feet offshore from Oahu's Bellows Beach, when "an eight-foot tiger shark chomped into his left leg." [See photos.]
Fortunately, Harvey fought back (as National Geographic >> Shark Attack Tips advises) and survived to share his story. And he'll likely not lose his leg.
CHEW ON THIS:
Randy Honebrink, Hawaii State's Shark Task Force spokesman, surmises the shark was foraging for food when it found Miller. “The only way a shark can tell if something is a potential food source is by biting it,” he said.
...IF SHARKS AND CERTAIN CONDITIONS COINCIDE, IT'S EASY TO BECOME FISH FOOD.
IT'S IMPORTANT TO KNOW:
Some sharks - especially during feeding frenzies - can be, edacious, "vicious eating machines [...] that indiscriminately attack anything that comes their way."
AT SUCH TIMES, FACTS SUCH AS THESE Shark School >> FAQs ARE MOOT:
Do sharks eat a lot? A shark eats about 2 percent of its body weight per day -- slightly less than a human eats. Because most are cold-blooded, they don't have to eat as much as a human eats. Some sharks can live for a year without eating, surviving on the oil stored in their livers.
Are sharks vicious man-hunters? Sharks are highly-specialized predators, with sharp teeth, strong jaws, streamlined bodies, and powerful senses. However, sharks don't hunt humans -- their feeding strategies evolved well before humans entered the water. Even today, of the over 350 different shark species, fewer than ten are considered dangerous to humans.
There are almost six billion people on our planet, and less than ten people are killed by sharks each year. More sharks are killed by people -- over 12 million each year.
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS, WITH SHARKS, OF THE FIRST- AND SECOND-HAND KIND:
I've swum with sharks, and not just in corporate America. For us scuba divers, close encounters with sharks (and other dangerous critters) is not unusual. Fortunately, legitimate Open Water Diver certification programs prepare participants to anticipate and survive such hazards.
Whatever floats their boats. I just hope they follow these Top Ten Safety Tips When Swimming With Sharks.
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