A scuba diver is fortunate to be alive and with his right foot still intact after a close call with a large tiger shark during a recent expedition at what experts believe is the Bahamas. Pay attention to the 40-second mark of the accompanying video, which shows the shark swimming between the diver’s legs and attempting to bite his lower leg. Had the shark actually taken a bite, the consequences would have been disastrous.
The uploader did not specify a location and could not be reached for verification, but the Bahamas are famous for dive trips that entail swimming without protection as large sharks circle a sunken box full of chum.
Some operators contend that these types of expeditions, though controversial, help dispel perceptions that sharks are savage killers. But critics counter that operators who allow divers to swim freely with baited top-level predators — tiger sharks can measure to about 15 feet and weigh nearly 1,500 pounds — are irresponsible.
Attacks by sharks on divers, while rare, have occurred in the Bahamas, and if the diver in the video had been bitten and bled to death, it would have reinforced those perceptions and tarnished the image of sharks at a time when many believe that conservation is needed to save some species from extinction.
“Yes, that is a Tiger on predation, and yes those divers do not have a clue, and yes that was as close as it looked…. At 0.40 that diver was one second away from sending years of conservation work down the tubes.”
That diver, to be sure, was smart to yank his foot from the shark’s mouth as swiftly as he did.
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