Posted 23 June 2007 - 08:25 PM
actually, i have probably been in the water with as many sharks as anyone else here over the years and i have seen threat behaviour exactly twice.
And let me tell you, it is nothing like the behaviour you see in a shark feed. Both times it was with grey reef sharks. Sure you see the fins down etc on shark feeds when they are moving fast and trying to get the food, but.... it is soooo different from the real thing.
First time was at an island in the Tuamotus that we had only been to twice, as we were leaving the edge of the pass one of the greys went into "threat posturing" I thought i had seen that fins down posture during feeds.. but this?!? WAY Different.
Shark swam almost at standstill speed, fins way down, nose and back waaaaay up... and swimming in a perfect figure 8. I have never seen a shark move so slowly.. of course i didn't have a video camera and didn't want to get too close with the still. Some crazy people tried to get close but we got them away.
Second time, during mating season in Rangiroa, once again that amazing slow swimming and arched back. But then... we were at around 90 feet, it shot straight to the surface and straight back down, surface, down etc etc. I got the hell out of there faster than i ever have. That was the one and only time i have been afraid of being attacked, quite scary and gave a new found respect for sharks from someone who was invoved in daily feedings.. I thought i had seen sharks move fast before during feeds... NOTHING like this one...
I don't really want to see it again either cuz there was no way i would have had time to get my camera up to protect myself in that situation if it had shot at me instead of the surface.