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LonghornbackinTX
February 17th, 2008, 09:44 AM
In Hawaii and Australia, they offer cage diving and swimming with sharks. Anyone ever done this and how sturdy are the cages. I really want to do this in Australia with the great whites. :agree:

stillwater
February 17th, 2008, 11:01 AM
I believe they are constructed of balsa wood, fortified with duct tape.

geochuck
February 17th, 2008, 12:21 PM
Sharks are not my thing.

Ripple
February 17th, 2008, 04:06 PM
When you get tired of doing that, come up here and go to Banff to feed the bears. They are supposedly fond of marshmallows.

LonghornbackinTX
February 17th, 2008, 04:08 PM
I believe they are constructed of balsa wood, fortified with duct tape.

Interesting. :laugh2:

LonghornbackinTX
February 17th, 2008, 04:09 PM
Sharks are not my thing.

I get really into them around Discovery shark week. I was in Hawaii in January and almost did it on the North Shore.

LonghornbackinTX
February 17th, 2008, 04:09 PM
When you get tired of doing that, come up here and go to Banff to feed the bears. They are supposedly fond of marshmallows.

polar bears? Or just regular bears?

ViveBene
February 17th, 2008, 05:51 PM
Bears and hikers like exactly the same food -- PB&J, chocolates, nuts, sardines -- which is why they are frequently found together. I'd love to see Banff! (drool)

A fascinating nature program on sharks ran on PBS last August (aviso: I do not have a TV, so quite a lot of ho-hum stuff is new and fascinating to me). The substance was, stroking sharks' noses or inverting them produces a state of tonic immobility, or mesmerization.* In this state, researchers can work with the sharks. The sharks may also have a (short-term) memory of being blissed out by the researchers and don't eat them first thing they get a chance to. That would be much more fun than sitting in a bamboo and duct tape cage simulating an encounter.

*Not all sharks, and some have to be rubbed along the snout rather than across the top of it. It's a trial-and-error sort of thing.:shakeshead:

VB

LonghornbackinTX
February 17th, 2008, 06:48 PM
Bears and hikers like exactly the same food -- PB&J, chocolates, nuts, sardines -- which is why they are frequently found together. I'd love to see Banff! (drool)

A fascinating nature program on sharks ran on PBS last August (aviso: I do not have a TV, so quite a lot of ho-hum stuff is new and fascinating to me). The substance was, stroking sharks' noses or inverting them produces a state of tonic immobility, or mesmerization.* In this state, researchers can work with the sharks. The sharks may also have a (short-term) memory of being blissed out by the researchers and don't eat them first thing they get a chance to. That would be much more fun than sitting in a bamboo and duct tape cage simulating an encounter.

*Not all sharks, and some have to be rubbed along the snout rather than across the top of it. It's a trial-and-error sort of thing.:shakeshead:

VB

VB,

So if it is a trial and error thing, I guess if you come back missing a hand...it was in error. :banana:

KKC

ViveBene
February 17th, 2008, 07:39 PM
VB,

So if it is a trial and error thing, I guess if you come back missing a hand...it was in error.
KKC

If you come back at all, more bananas to you!:banana::banana:

To each his own.... I think if it is a benign environment (i.e., the sharks are not aroused for the caged viewers by having fresh entrails dragged in front of them) it could be quite interesting. Are you formulating an actual plan?

LonghornbackinTX
February 17th, 2008, 10:04 PM
If you come back at all, more bananas to you!:banana::banana:

To each his own.... I think if it is a benign environment (i.e., the sharks are not aroused for the caged viewers by having fresh entrails dragged in front of them) it could be quite interesting. Are you formulating an actual plan?

Yep. I know they offer them in Australia, and my dad has been talking about a month long family vacay. I am currently doing research on who to use.

Ripple
February 18th, 2008, 09:17 AM
polar bears? Or just regular bears?
We have both grizzlys and black bears. Black bears are most common and found near the town site (they've even shown up in back yards in west Calgary on rare occasions) while grizzlys are mostly found in the high back country areas. You'd have to go to the arctic to find polar bears (which sometimes cross-breed with grizzlys) and we're a long way from the Bering Sea!

DeletedAccount
February 20th, 2008, 12:30 PM
I love sharks and Open Water swimming. Great combo! I plan to see the Great White's off South Australia in the future. They also have awesome GWS sight-seeing/dives off South Africa and right off San Francisco - Farallon Islands.

As swimmers I think we must all do our part to help protect and conserve sharks, which are overfished in many areas of the world, with some species now endangered and their existance seriously threatened.

Brody (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001702/): What day is this?
Hooper (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000377/): It's Wednesday... uh, it's Tuesday, I think.
Brody (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001702/): Think the tide's with us?
Hooper (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000377/): Keep kicking.
Brody (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001702/): I used to hate the water...
Hooper (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000377/): I can't imagine why.