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Is it Safe to Scuba Dive with Sharks?
Yes, sharks do attack divers, whether provoked or unprovoked. However, attacks are extremely rare, as sharks do not view scuba divers as a particularly appetizing prey. As such, diving with sharks cannot be considered a dangerous activity, although like everything in life some risks always exist.
In this article I will look at the most common myths and misconceptions people have about these incredible creatures and reveal the truth behind how dangerous and unpredictable they can be.
MYTH: Sharks are mindless killing machines.
FACT: While it is true that sharks have been known to attack humans, they are not doing so out of malicious intent. In most cases, these attacks are the result of a shark mistaking a human for its natural prey. And even in cases where a shark does deliberately attack a human, it is usually because the shark feels threatened or provoked in some way.
MYTH: All sharks are dangerous to scuba Divers.
FACT: There are more than five hundred species of sharks in existence, nevertheless, just around thirty have ever been known to deliver fatalities to people. Of the three principal types of sharks that have been known to cause fatalities (great white, tiger, and bull shark), over my 30 years of diving I have never seen any sharks belonging to any of these species in Sydney.
MYTH: You are more likely to be killed by a shark than by any other type of animal.
FACT: Actually, you are more likely to die from being struck by lightning or drowned in your bathtub than you are to be killed by a shark! Every year, there are an average of just five fatalities worldwide because of unprovoked shark attacks. In contrast, hundreds of people die each year from bee stings, dog bites, and snakebites – all far more common causes of death than being attacked by a shark
A Look at Shark Attack Statistics
There were 137 different incidents involving sharks in 2021 worldwide, nine fatal in total. Of the total number of shark-human interactions, only twelve unprovoked attacks occurred in Australia. Of the 137 incidents, only 4% (5) involved individuals involved in snorkeling & diving-related activities.