Clarification

About the sharks

how to manage the Sharks

Let’s end the rumors. Sharks are not men eaters.

Recently, a diver was bitten on the left calf by an oceanic shark. The victim has been operated twice and is currently recovering. The video becomes viral on social networks without any explanation. However it allows to analyze several facts that can explain the incident and that I want to share with you. It does not only testify to the accident itself but the cause-and-effect relationships that led to the bite. Sharks have no sense of deduction, they do not choose, do not reason. They have a binary brain that analyzes information conveyed by their meaning. From this will result a panel of reactions / responses dictated by the information received. Add to that the primary instincts genetically transmitted for thousands of years and you have a popularized view of the interpretation of sharks under water facing all types of events. To put it simply, when a computer calculates the commands dictated by a program, it puts them directly into application according to always the same form. For sharks it’s pretty much the same. The ability to adapt is very variable, and in cases of rapid analysis, some answers will prevail and induce this or that reaction. Here, in this case, the distress attitude of the diver alone in shorty activates several senses of the shark. These senses apply the shark’s investigation to the area of ​​movement of the fins that releases frequencies similar to that of a potential prey. Cautiously but energetically, the shark is looking to complete his assessment. He then takes a step back to better understand and analyze. Throughout the scene the divers are spaced apart, alone, and in a horizontal position (while the vertical position is recommended). A new factor comes into the analysis when the quiet sidemount diver comes into the picture. Since sharks do not have a hand, sometimes the best way to complete an assessment is through touch or an “exploratory” bite. The new diver of the stage being much less active than the first allows the shark to complete his approach by the contact which then leads to the next step which is the bite. The decision to bite is the result of false accumulated information that led to this incident. Like the bug or crash system of a computer that accumulates false calculations on a program. At no time during this interaction did the shark show signs of direct aggression even though sometimes the distances were close or the swimming was faster or slower. The axes of approach were well directed towards the divers and not in the will of mord, but to complete his investigation in relation to “movements of prey” released by the diver in shorty. Science has shown that it takes a predator between 1000 and 35000 years to assimilate new prey into its genetic code in order to understand how to chase it away … Once a computer turns off, the RAM of your machine disappears and at the next start, all new commands will allow the application of new tasks without remembering those performed the old. It will be the same for sharks, who from day to day will learn the interaction with divers. As a testimonial, all the guides who have been at the Brothers for 2 months live next to the same animals who systematically adopt day after day the same codes of approach towards the divers that they see all the time.

If the sharks had the opportunity to remember through a medium-term memory by conditioning, there would be significantly more incidents each year if only with the divers. This oceanic shark has already forgotten that he bit a diver.

Being at the Brothers for more than 2 months now, I doubt that the “feeding” could lead to such a result because I have not seen. On the other hand, the bad attitude constantly observed of the divers is in my opinion the reason which incites these pelagic sharks to answer the bad information transmitted in the water by the men. I may be wrong in my interpretation, but remember that your conduct systematically induces a response in animals. The right attitude with sharks can not be improvised! Learn the right things and listen to your guides. If no briefing is done to you, follow the recommendations dictated below. Let’s not let human stupidity destroy the reputation of this critically endangered species.

 

Having visited the Brothers several times and speaking with guides who are there most of their time, I doubt that the “feeding” could lead to such a result because I have not seen. On the other hand, the bad attitude constantly observed of the divers is in my opinion the reason which incites these pelagic sharks to answer the bad information transmitted in the water by the men. I may be wrong in my interpretation, but remember that your conduct systematically induces a response in animals. The right attitude with sharks can not be improvised! Learn the right things and listen to your guides.

If no briefing is done to you, follow the recommendations dictated below. Let’s not let human stupidity destroy the reputation of this critically endangered species.

Didier

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