Sooo…. we were just strolling along the Crabby Joe’s pier in Daytona Beach Florida, after having a fabulous fish sandwich (great restaurant by the way), when we ran across a guy that just caught a Blacktip Shark in about 2-3 feet of water. From what I have read, the Blacktip shark is typically shy and leave the swimmers alone. However, there ARE instances of swimmers getting bit. These sharks can get pretty big, up to 9 feet!
Blacktip sharks showing curiosity towards divers has been reported, but they remain at a safe distance. Under most circumstances, these timid sharks are not regarded as highly dangerous to humans. However, they may become aggressive in the presence of food, and their size and speed invite respect. As of 2008, the International Shark Attack File lists 28 unprovoked attacks (one fatal) and 13 provoked attacks by this species. Blacktip sharks are responsible annually for 16% of the shark attacks around Florida. Most attacks by this species result in only minor wounds.
What I DIDN’T know, and wouldn’t have believed if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyeballs is that a dead shark with its guts completely removed can still bite you! It’s nerve reflexes are still quite active!
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