If you’re anything like me, you usually have two things on your mind as you go through your life’s daily activity:
1. How often do military divers have encounters with man-eating sharks? Let’s be honest, pitting the ablest underwater humans against the fiercest underwater creature is very appealing. One very rarely finds any reports on this, although it does happen (see here)
2. I wish I had more information on Oceanic white tip sharks. They are the coolest, most terrifying shark you’ve never heard of. Even we in the professional shark community know very little about them beside the fact that they haunt the open ocean, eating any shipwrecked humans they chance upon. Unfortunately, these humans aren’t around to give us their stories, and missing those stories leaves me with a hole in my heart.
It’s very difficult to get reports on either of these topics, and you can just forget about the two topics ever being together in one story. Then, the other day the Heavens smiled down upon me. I was listening to the book Shark Trouble (nonfiction) by fellow shark expert Peter Benchley, author of Jaws. He tells a true story about two navy divers diving in mile-deep water near the Bahamas. They were doing whatever navy divers do when an Oceanic white tip came out of nowhere, took a big bite out of one of the them, then started pulling him down into the deep. His buddy held onto him, trying to wrestle the poor fellow free from the beast. But as he got to around 300 feet deep he knew he had to let go or soon be in depths that would kill him. He let go. True story.
Not sure if that will make your day better or worse. Either way, I thought you should know.