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Great White Sharks

Posted by on November 1, 2012
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Bob Ward

Fiction author with a zest for adventure travel. Blogs, tweets, videos, and pins for research and fun. He also hosts Ward's Adventure Travel Research & Trip Journal, a weekly podcast available on EFN, iTunes, Stitcher Radio, and more.

I watched a video of a 12-foot Great White Shark eating 10 separate tuna chunks (40-50 lbs each) before filling her stomach and swimming away. That’s over 400 lbs of meat, which equaled about 25% of her estimated body weight. She tore each chunk off the hook, shook it violently, swallowed it descending, then circled back and up and hit the next danging morsel.

So rest assured, both you and your diving buddy will be eaten completely (in 40 lbs chunks), until there’s nothing left in the water but your dissipating blood. The Great White will certainly swallow your Neoprene suit, as well as your fins and mask. Whatever stays floating will be eaten. Only the tank will be spared because it will sink once dislodged from the BC. Essentially, within a matter of minutes, you will go from existing to not existing. You will vanish. Your body parts will be compacted, along with your buddy’s, inside the expanded folds of the sharks hotly acidic stomach. In the darkness there, you will be wide-eyed and face to face with your dive buddy’s severed head.

You think I’m joking?

I’m not.

Why do we need this information?

Because ignorance of what lies beneath may get us killed.

Our dive training should include education on underwater predators, because we are entering a prehistoric world where humans are floundering chum on the food chain.

Here’s what I’m planning to study:

  1. The dangerous sharks
    (Great Whites, Tigers, Bulls…What else?)
  2. Where they roam
  3. What time they feed
  4. How likely they are to attack
  5. The most effective defense techniques
    (Nose punching, eye gouging, playing dead…What else?) 
Additionally:
  1. Emergency medical care for shark bites, lacerations, and full limb amputations.
You think I’m joking?
 
I’m not.
 
Give me time.
 
We don’t need fear of the unknown; we need to know about what we fear.

For now, here’s the Wikipedia link with general Great White information:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_white_shark

More to follow…

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