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Shark Attack!

Updated on September 14, 2014

Welcome to my Shark Attack lens.

The very word shark brings to mind images of stealth and danger for many people.

While this lens does not condone the killing of sharks and we don't need to be overly afraid of sharks as a whole (the majority are usually harmless if left alone) we do need to be aware of their existence and treat them with respect.

I personally have seen what a hungry great white can do to a fibreglass surf ski and there have been a small number of fatalities in the state where I live.

This lens is dedicated to the often misunderstood world of shark attacks.

Warning - some of the footage is graphic so if you are squeamish give this lens a miss. 

Attacks by sharks- the hows and whys.

Sharks are mistakenly viewed as mindless killers, however their complex design responds to a number of stimuli before an attack is launched.

Sharks are primarily attracted to vibration (splashing for example) and the presence of organic chemicals (such as the blood of fish).

They have the ability to trace the smell carcass of a whale washed up on the beach from literally hundreds of kilometres away and will actively look for a meal without any other intent than to refuel.

Sharks are just basically interested in food (like all fish) and in many ways behave in a similar fashion to any other fish in the ocean.

An important characteristic that a shark also possesses is the ability to pick up the minute electrical signals generated by other organisms and therefore enables it to accurately track it's food at closer range (including in conditions where visibility is poor).

Attacks on humans appear to be in the most part a case of mistaken identity or simply being in the wrong place a the wrong time.

Attack off the coast of Chile - Actual attack footage - warning disturbing footage and coarse language.

This attack by a Great White is the swimmer's worst nightmare.

Perhaps attracted by the splashing of swimmers it appears from nowhere.

Most attacks are not fatal.

The majority of attacks on humans by sharks are not fatal though the injuries can range from puncture marks and a few scrapes to the loss of a limb depending on where the victim is bitten.

However larger sharks such as the Great White and Tiger can inflict severe damage and the resulting blood loss and trauma needs to be treated rapidly.

Of the hundreds of species of sharks in our oceans and estuaries only a few are considered dangerous.

The Great White is responsible for over 100 attacks on humans and is regarded as perhaps the most dangerous shark in the ocean but is also considered less aggressive than other species.

Bull sharks for example are considered even more dangerous by some experts due to their aggressive nature and have been found upriver in fresh water where people are likely to share the river resulting in more frequent encounters.

White tip oceanic sharks are extremely curious and persistent if they think there is a meal possible and are responsible for more shipwreck deaths at sea than any other species.

Tiger sharks are also considered dangerous and have been described as "the garbage cans of the sea" since they will consume just about anything and are common scavengers.

Asking for a shark attack... - The truth behind shark attacks is that on the whole you have more chance of being struck by lightning.

The guy in this video places himself in a dangerous position where sharks are attracted to food and curious.

The bull sharks here actually swim by a number of times, one eventually investigates by bumping and then takes a bite.

The results are shocking to say the least but the shark itself cannot be blamed for trying to identify a source of food.

Shark attack on a surfer filmed as it happens.

Amazing footage of a surfer's escape.

Soul Surfer. An inspiring story of shark attack survival.

Bethany Hamilton lost her left arm to a tiger shark. She not only recovered but went on to continue her surfing career.

Diver escapes shark attack.

Abalone divers are sometimes taken by sharks for a couple of reasons.

Wearing a black wetsuit and looking like one of the Great white shark's favourite food sources (seals) makes them vunerable.

Also abalone harvesting does add some attractant to the water.

Here is the story of the diver who got away.

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Wonderfully entertaining and informative read.

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      purple83 9 years ago

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      Roving Band 10 years ago

      Very informative. It's great to be in the Wild Animals Group with you!

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      flicker lm 10 years ago

      Nice lens. 5* Welcome to the Wild Animals group!