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Location: Places >> Africa >> Sub-Saharan Africa >> Southern Africa >> South Africa >> Western Cape >> Cape Town >> (ANTI) shark cage diving
Cage-diving increasing attack risk?
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.