Apr 25, 2012, 11:16 PM
Shipwrecks and sharks?
Related to diving shipwrecks I guess.
Ive been in the ocean all of my life. Sharks are an integral part of it. There home
Im curious though
Has anyone had any problems with sharks while diivng on any of the 1715 wrecks? If so, what kinds?
Do they get curious with the blowers and the dredges or stay their distance?
(buddies caught a 12 foot tiger and 8 foot hammerhead off the beach in the last few days, sparked my curiosity. Ive never personally been hassled..knock on wood)
Apr 25, 2012 11:16 PM
Apr 25, 2012, 11:44 PM
Apr 25, 2012, 11:54 PM
No. We dont see very many sharks on the 1715 fleet.
If we do they are usually nurse sharks. I have never seen a bull shark diving for treasure, but i am sure it is coming.
I have seen a lot of sharks lobster diving and spear fishing but not treasure diving. I think the boat motor noise scares them off
Apr 26, 2012, 12:03 AM
Chagy..Ive lived in Boca the last 5 years. The shark run is just absurd. Literatly out on a boat drifting and you just see hundreds of sharks under you. Its amazing. Sketchy, but amazing.
Booty: Thats what I figured. They like thrashing swimmers, but figured noises would scare them off. Bet someone has a really good story though haha
Apr 26, 2012, 10:04 AM
Cabin wreck, Douglas Beach, and the power plant are the places we have seen the most sharks. I always wondered the same thing when I started diving as a kid. I thought there would be sharks everywhere, but I quickly found out that is not the case.
Apr 26, 2012, 10:23 AM
Booty..go dive Canaveral Shoals or Symrna haha
The power plant, that place just looks sketchy to dive. Ive fished there commercially before and no thanks, like a mini Boca Grande
Apr 26, 2012, 11:33 AM
I saw two inside the surf line yesterday while metal detecting. Very common sight at New Smyrna & Canaveral.
Originally Posted by ou8acracker2
Apr 26, 2012, 12:53 PM
Used to surf Symrna all the time..Ive seen more 10 foot+ plus sharks cruising in the lineup than I could handle. Waters always like coffee and just sketchy haha I dont surf there anymore.
Prefer the clear water of south florida, least ya know whats about to hit ya haha
Apr 26, 2012, 03:57 PM
Apr 26, 2012, 05:09 PM
If I saw a bull shark diving for treasure, I would let him have it!
Originally Posted by Booty Salvage
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”-Mark Twain
Apr 26, 2012, 05:50 PM
I dont know. Just getting stories from folks on the boards. I figured there was at least one good one, but so far nothing. If it counts, I almost got owned by a tiger in cape hatteras surfing...decided at the LAST second to turn away. Crystal clear water too
Apr 26, 2012, 06:30 PM
Apr 26, 2012, 08:12 PM
hahaha that made me chuckle..Im going to knock on a heck of a lot of wood
Apr 26, 2012, 08:39 PM
We lose a Sub-Contractor or two every year to sharks!!!!
Apr 26, 2012, 10:13 PM
natural selection as its finest
Apr 27, 2012, 12:22 PM
Underwater Heritage Rescue Diver
I've never seen a shark while diving on a wrecksite or during excavations....but....
I was snorkeling around looking for shipwreck evidence off of Caye Caulker in Belize, we were there for Lobster Fest and I thought I would get some water time in. A fishing boat came in to clean their fish, and the sharks came out of everywhere. I saw one, a nurse, no big deal, then another, a reef shark, oh well....then I realized everywhere I looked there were sharks heading towards the boat. Soon there was a ball of mostly nurse sharks under this boat, so I swam over for a closer look. Definitely a unique experience, I was just starting out as a diver and had never seen any sharks, much less 20 or 30 in a feeding frenzy. I started video taping and getting closer after the more toothy sharks left. I ended up drifting right into them, they were all hanging vertical in the water waiting for scraps. I was close enough that a few of them hit me with their tails while I was recording. Just nurse sharks, but definitely an interesting first shark experience. I have pics and video of that somewhere...I will look for it.
Apr 29, 2012, 11:12 PM
Morris Cove Artifact Recovery
Sharks bite moving boats , they are always top of the food chain. I've spent 11 years diving the Florida Keys to Fort Lauderdal as well as surfing sabastian inlet. If it's murky water your at risk. If your moving sand your at risk and any type of vibration can stimulate sharks natural response to seek injured prey. I was once was pulling a wooden side off an abandon lobster trap off of key largo to get lobster. I noticed the trap was moving away from me thinking WTF is going on? Twenty feet out as the silt cleared I saw a bullshark going after my same lobster pulling at the opposite side of trap, I had a tug of war going and didn't realize it while my tow boat circled above with hundreds of other lobster seeking boats dragging divers over good locations. I've almost been attacked by several species up and down the coast near various wrecks with high traffic regions and dive spots. You may not see the big guys on top of the wreck locations, just swim 50 yards in various locations and look just outside of your wrecks. Sharks like to leave and return at a later time when you least expect it. Trust me...respect the animals your on their time and grace, no treasures worth an early demise being stupid. If t looks sketchy it probably is..
Last edited by Dirkdigger; Apr 29, 2012 at 11:21 PM.
Apr 30, 2012, 12:29 PM
Its like the water when it begins to look like coffee on those cool calm morning where the water is oil slick glass and you have that mid morning fog just above the water and you get to hear those nice faint sounds of fish getting popped..you just know there is something lurking hahaha
Apr 30, 2012, 01:29 PM
Underwater Heritage Rescue Diver
Apr 30, 2012, 02:52 PM
That is a super cool video! Never seen nurse sharks feed like that either, thats simply awesome. I was waiting for the big ol bullshark or lemon to just come cruising on in the middle of that though haha
those guys must go to that spot all the time if the nurse sharks just ball up and feed like that
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