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Cage-diving increasing attack risk?
Posted January 14th, 2010 - 10:40 am by from Cape Town, South Africa (Permalink)
Personally I am opposed to cage-diving, it doesn't seem like a productive use of my or the sharks' time - but I am very wary to say that cage-diving increases shark attack risk for other oceangoers.

A friend of mine suggests there might be a chance of the sharks associating humans with food (Pavlov's dog style), because of the chum thrown overboard to bring the sharks closer - but this would require repeat encounters with the same shark. Also the shark would never see a lone swimmer in the ocean, but rather a boat + cage + other stuff all together, so the association would be more boat = food than swimmer = food...

I would feel better about it if there was no chumming, and rather people in cages in shark hot spots waiting for them to swim past.

Posted January 17th, 2010 - 7:08 pm from Johannesburg, South Africa
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