How common are shark attacks on scuba divers?
In fact, providing it’s done respectfully the odds of being attacked by a shark while scuba diving are minuscule. Despite the hype and horror stories, there are, on average around ten deaths caused by sharks per year, worldwide. And the majority of those are surfers or swimmers, not divers.
Why do sharks not attack scuba divers?
To put it most simply – we are not their food. They do not seek us out, we are not a natural prey of sharks, and they do not like the taste of humans! It is not right to say that sharks do not attack divers, however such incidents are extremely rare.
How do scuba divers protect themselves from sharks?
If a shark attacks, the best strategy is to hit it on the tip of its nose. This usually results in the shark retreating. If the retreat is far enough away, then human retreat is in order – again, swim quickly but smoothly, watching the shark all the time, with your dive partner close at hand.