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<font color='#810541'>I'm being a ninny I know, but can someone please tell me, are there any sharks in the Red Sea that we are likely to encounter?!?!?

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We saw eight white-tipped reef sharks on our trip there..
 

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Only if you're REALLY lucky!
 

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Quote[/b] (spike jackson @ Oct. 14 2003,09:22)]Only if you're REALLY lucky!
Spike's on the button here Kate.

But if you feel that a potential shark might put you off, I'd happily swap places


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Seriously - sharks seen from underwater are beautiful. Depending on where you go you may encounter the small and harmless reef sharks (blacktip and whitetip reef sharks), grey reef sharks. On the more remote sites like the brothers and elphinstone etc you may see hammerheads - again harmless. Shark attacks on divers are VERY rare, you actualyy seem to be safer under the water than on the surface. Bear in mind you are approx 2m in scuba gear and making an awful racket and you'll appreciate that sharks are more scared of you than you of them!

That should be 2m LONG in scuba gear - bigger than most sharks!
 

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I agree, you will be very lucky to see any unless well south.
There are many worse things you probably will encounter, stone fish, sharp coral, baksheesh......  
 

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I agree entirely with Spike. Sharks are wonderful animals. Count yourself lucky if you see any! Having said that, and although most species are completely harmless, certain species that are quite common in the Red Sea ARE potentially dangerous and it's common sense not to make them feel threatened in any way. Just stay where you are and admire them from a distance. They are very curious and may come quite close to check you out but they are highly unlikely to attack. The only time I've ever seen any signs of aggression from a shark was when I swam towards a grey reef shark in order to get a better pic. That species are very territorial and will protect their territory if they feel it is being invaded. Provided you treat them with repect, you've little or no reason to fear sharks.
 

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<font color='#810541'>Ok, my stomach is turning!!!

How can I be a diver when I am petrified of sharks?!?!

I was watching a programme on C5 last night and they said that White Tips are very unpredictable

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Yeah, but you're bigger than them. And there's two of you (assuming you don't do solo diving) - they'll be just as scared of you.

A white-tip will only attack you if it feels threatened - leave it alone and it will leave you alone. It's most likely just to go away tho. Interestingly, a lone shark is more likely to attack than a group, as they feel more secure when there's lots of them.

We saw eight of them. None of them ever came clsoer than about 20m.
 

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White-tip reef sharks don't even count as real sharks in my opinion. They're just pretend sharks! They're very small and very scared of divers. Unless you pull their tails or poke them in the eye, they are about the least dangerous species you can encounter.
 

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<font color='#810541'>Understandably, this is what I'm REALLY affraid of!!!!!



I've had a fear of sharks from a young age. Whenever I've just been swimming or snorkling on holidays, I've not been able to swim in the dark areas, I really panic.

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Well, you definitely won't see one of those (Great white)!
 

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John's quite right - you won't see one.
The first you'll know about a great white is when it clamps its jaws around your torso and bites you in two.
 

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<font color='#810541'>God I hope not!!!!!!

It's any open mouth on a shark, egh, can't even look at the picture I posted...feel...sick....


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Quote[/b] (Dominic @ Oct. 14 2003,10:47)]The first you'll know about a great white is when it clamps its jaws around your torso and bites you in two.
<font color='#810541'>You swine  


You know how to make someone feel at ease...

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You've more chace of winning the lottery than being attacked by a shark Kate. I blame Steven f***ing Speilberg, what a t*** he is, IMO he's personally reponsible for a lot of the bad attitude towards sharks.

Anyhoo that photo looks very like a Great White, which you won't get in the Red Sea 'cos it's too warm. Even if they were there, to see or encounter one would be as rare as hens teeth. Even the supposedly most dangerous sharks can be perfectly safe, eg Bull (aka Zambezi) sharks, BUT... only really dangerous because they can tolerate both salt and fresh water (euryhaline) so tend to migrate up river where viz is bad and they can't discern that a swimming human isn't a large fish.

If I were you I'd worry less about sharks in the red sea and more about the Italian divers!  Personally if we see sharks when we go i'll be ecstatic, sure sharks give you a bit of an adrenaline rush but at least you'll know you're alive
Carpe diem!


You're more likely to find GW's in the med, especially around the Sardinia area, IIRC it's now believed that the Med may be an important breeding area

when you say white tip do you mean WT reef or Oceanic white tip? the OWT's can be extremely fearless (unlike most shark species). In fact my old PhD supervisor , who spent years diving around the Caribbean day in day out, said he was never put in danger by a shark encounter, but you know those cute and cuddly bottlenose dolphins? Twice he nearly died when he got harrassed by those - don't believe all that you see and hear! TBH, i think diving, if you use it as an excuse to read up on the marine biology side of things, is a great way to remove your shark phobia, which I promise you is as groundless as most phobias are. Check out the Dive mag Shark Special issue (£4.99) for an easy intro to sharks and their biology, (if it's still available)

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PS surfers are more prone to shark attacks than divers, plus I think there are only about 20 shark attacks (including non-fatal ones) worldwide per annum, now, compare that to the fact that about 17 people die as a result of road traffic accidents every day of the year in this country, driving to the airport is going to be more dangerous than your diving is
 

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Quote[/b] (Dominic @ Oct. 14 2003,11:47)]John's quite right - you won't see one.
The first you'll know about a great white is when it clamps its jaws around your torso and bites you in two.
Didn't know you were such a sadistic bugger, Dom  
 

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As someone said you will have to go south in the Red Sea to see them, there are just to many dive boats at any one site. far to noisy for them.  

And if you do meet a big one well then that why you have a dive knife to stab your buddy..  
or better still make sure you have a few Italians on the boat just for live bate..

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Quote[/b] (Steve W @ Oct. 14 2003,10:54)]I blame Steven f***ing Speilberg, what a t*** he is, IMO he's personally reponsible for a lot of the bad attitude towards sharks.

when you say white tip do you mean WT reef or Oceanic white tip?
<font color='#810541'>Ok, I didn't want to admit it but yes, it wa sthe films that influenced my fear (not just of GW's)

I haven't got a clue if it was a WT or OWT

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Quote[/b] (Sean @ Oct. 14 2003,11:00)]And if you do meet a big one well then that why you have a dive knife to stab your buddy..  
or better still make sure you have a few Italians on the boat just for live bate..
<font color='#810541'>Ha ha ha!!!!

I was thinking about getting a knife...would make me feel a lot better...

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