Cage-diving tours found not to increase shark risk - Hawaii News

There is no scientific evidence that Oahu North Shore cage-diving tours increase shark attack risk for recreational ocean users in near-shore waters, a two-year study of shark behavior concluded. Full Story
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Manu

Austria

#25 May 15, 2009
Nah its the slugs.
freediver007

Koloa, HI

#26 May 15, 2009
Do you people realize that crabbers have been feeding these sharks outside Haleiwa for over 30 years? Should we ban crabbing too? The shark tour operators are just capitalizing on an existing resource. Too bad you didn't think of it first huh?
I haven't noticed more people getting eaten by sharks on the North Shore since the tours have been operating so whats the problem?
Typical shark hysteria.
Waterman

Overland Park, KS

#27 May 15, 2009
The facts are simple. People are worried that shark tours create a public health risk. The research has proven they do not pose a public health risk.
According to DLNR records surfers are the most likely to have a incident with a shark.
Surfers at Haleiwa and Puena Point are not being attacked by sharks.

The Facts.
nothanks

Mountain View, CA

#28 May 16, 2009
no freakin way am I jumpin off a boat without a cage

if this thing is so harmless, why use a cage?

sharks are like like pit bulls, train them into a feeding frenzy ... and you got a feeding frenzy

no way is this tour a good thing for all the other recreational users of the ocean

pack it up ... it ain't no good
Haleiwa resident

Waianae, HI

#29 May 16, 2009
like my grand father said " you can not educate a stupid person"
alarmed

Honolulu, HI

#30 May 18, 2009
tell it to todd murashige how great it is too chum 4 sharks. greedy aholes
Who Me

Hauula, HI

#31 May 18, 2009
Can't stand the heat....stay out of the kitchen
alice

Pearl City, HI

#32 May 18, 2009
Haleiwa resident wrote:
like my grand father said " you can not educate a stupid person"
Oh...so that's the problem with alice from Canada. Thanks...this is useful and helpful.
local boy

Las Vegas, NV

#33 May 18, 2009
alice wrote:
too many land sharks here
u mean alligators
freediver007

Koloa, HI

#34 May 19, 2009
alarmed wrote:
tell it to todd murashige how great it is too chum 4 sharks. greedy aholes
Is there a shark tour out in Kaaawa chumming for sharks? You are claiming the tours had something to do with that? Thats a stretch.
Start again

Honolulu, HI

#35 May 21, 2009
freediver007 wrote:
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Is there a shark tour out in Kaaawa chumming for sharks? You are claiming the tours had something to do with that? Thats a stretch.
Only to folks who know nothing about sharks. They can travel thousands of miles. How do you know that shark wasnt trained to associate humans with food by the shark chumming morons on the north shore?. Its not a stretch at all.
Who Me

Hauula, HI

#36 May 21, 2009
According to mr. Murashige, his attacker was a Tiger shark. The N. Shore Tours view Galapagos and Sandbar sharks (rarely tigers).
Billy Weaver was fataly attacked in Kailua in the early '60s. Did someone condition this shark? The one on Maui that was fatal to the woman who was swimming,the shark that attaked/consumed Brian Adarna, the one that bit Jon Mozo's ankle at Goat Island? It is possible someone conditioned/trained them all? Is it possible that the now conditioned sharks have learned to time travel? What else could have caused this behavior if there was no shark tours back then. Typical hysteria from the under educated. Could it be possible that the increase of humans in the ocean is partly responsible for the increase in human/shark encounters? If so, limit human activities to those who know and accept the risk. More waves, fish, for us. All hysterics and alarmists stay on shore, it is your energy that attracts bad things.
Casey

Laguna Hills, CA

#37 May 26, 2009
I am writing your from the State of California. My email is directed to you in regards to the ongoing issue with the shark cage dives on the North Shore. Having been to the State of Hawa'ii last week, and participating in one of these dives, I disagree with anyone wanting to shut down the adventure. Since I was a child, I have always had a facination and a fear of sharks. I am an avid surfer who has surfed from the southernmost areas of Alaska to the coast of Mexico, and have surfed some of the most treacherous shark infested breaks in Northern California, and I have been scared beyond belief the second I put my foot in the water. I personally have never had that encounter, thank goodness, as I am also well aware of the chances of being attacked by a shark, but it is a fear many people share. Having done the shark cage dive, not only did I face the one thing I fear, but I was also educated by it. The crew was very professional and explained the rules and safety very clearly, as well as the nature and behavior of the sharks. The moment I stepped into the water, I felt an overwhelming sense of peace and understanding with the creature I have always feared, and never once did I ever feel that I was endangered. This is an experience that must not disappear, as it is both educational and completely safe, but it is also good for the economy of the North Shore, as well as for the State. It brought a group of 4 including myself, and it was one of the major reasons we came to Hawa'ii. Please do not let the hysteria of a few people and a few politicians wipe this experience out, it would be a great loss.

Casey Konzelman - Aliso Viejo, CA
Casey

Laguna Hills, CA

#38 May 26, 2009
nothanks wrote:
no freakin way am I jumpin off a boat without a cage
if this thing is so harmless, why use a cage?
sharks are like like pit bulls, train them into a feeding frenzy ... and you got a feeding frenzy
no way is this tour a good thing for all the other recreational users of the ocean
pack it up ... it ain't no good
-Then ban zoos and aquariums too then, if your argument is about having to have a form of protection to seperate you from the animal.
Blackplates

Linthicum Heights, MD

#39 Sep 25, 2010
This study was unique to a handfull of offshore HAWAIAN cage diving operations. The sharks being viewd were 2-5 ft gallapogos reef and sandbar sharks. Offshore,Coral reef - shark diving is a different animal than White Shark baiting. White sharks (who have evolved to prey on Mammals) had nothing to do with the research. nothing. This research says NOTHING about S African or Australian cage diving practices.
stumpy

Waipahu, HI

#40 Sep 25, 2010
Some people just hate it when outsiders come into their town and start a successful business venture. Water skiing, jet skis, shark dives, car racing, Segways, scooters, mopeds, golf carts, skateboards, etc. The jealous NIMBY's are too old and grumpy to have fun, shut-ins, or out of shape, so they want to spoil it for the next guy. How about we ban Blue-haired old futs and Chinese tourists from driving, or ban parking at surfing beaches for anyone over forty?
I'm just sayin.... I'd bet the people complaining about the shark tours don't even go near the ocean, and are either unemployed, or rich elitist liberals.

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