The short answer is no.
Sharks are amazing and powerful animals. Although sharks are carnivorous, they do not preferentially prey on scuba divers, or even humans in general. Sharks do attack humans, but such attacks are extremely rare. Since 2000 (2000-2010), there were an average of 65 shark attacks each year worldwide, and only 5 of them were fatal . These numbers include attacks on scuba divers, swimmers, surfers, etc.
Many Everyday Activities Are More Dangerous Than Diving With Sharks:
Deadly Boating and Driving Accidents Are More Likely Than Deadly Shark Attacks:
Even Shark-Related Injuries Are Very Rare:
Further Reduce the Risk of a Shark Attack While Diving:
If you are still worried that you are going to be attacked by a shark, here are a few tips to decrease the already tiny chance of being attacked by a shark.
• Avoid diving in waters with poor visibility as it increases the chance of a shark mistaking you for something it normally eats.
• Avoid diving at dawn and dusk, as this is when many species of sharks are most active.
• If a shark is spotted, find your dive buddy and stay together. Sharks are more likely to attack solitary individuals than members of a group. Seals use the same defensive strategy with white sharks in South Africa.
• If you are lucky enough to see a shark while diving, stay calm and keep an eye on it.
• If you do not feel safe with the shark then slowly swim to the dive boat or shore to exit the water
The Take-Home Message About Diving With Sharks:
I seek out opportunities to swim with sharks. They are a beautiful but threatened group of species. Instead of fearing sharks, divers should cherish swimming in presence of these amazing and increasingly rare animals. Each year, up to 100 million sharks are killed for their fins, jaws, teeth, meat, or by accident . On average, for every human killed by sharks up to 20 million sharks are killed by people. Divers, and people in general, should stop fearing sharks and start protecting them.
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