A question for all you Recon, SEAL, MARSOC, CCT, Combat Diver types.

busyworks

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Anyone have any shark experiences during training?

I always wonder how frequently .mil diver types encounter sharks. open water is a spooky place.
 

busyworks

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Look up Paul De Gelder, he was a Rifleman and Sniper in my Regiment prior to going over to the RAN and becoming a Clearance Diver. Paul lost an arm below the elbow and a leg above the knee to a Bull Shark.
Damn that's brutal. Bullsharks are mean fuckers.

Shark attacks are definitely one of my biggest fears, no matter how unlikely.
 

Teufel

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I have run into sharks on dives. I was most afraid of salt water crocodiles when I was diving in Papua New Guinea.
 

busyworks

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I have run into sharks on dives. I was most afraid of salt water crocodiles when I was diving in Papua New Guinea.
Yea fuck that. I would be constantly thinking about that shit.

I feel like that's pretty good motivation to complete some training events as fast as possible ahaha.
 

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Not a combat diver, but a NAUI/PADI diver, also a scout-swimmer 'back in the day.' I have encountered sharks, none aggressive. As I think Jaws is the one of the best books and movies ever produced, I like sharks. I will tell you what does freak me the hell out: flying in a helo over just about any beach, you see them, some of them massive and huge, in the surf zone. I would rather "see" them open water than not see them in the foam of the surf, where 3/4 people become lunch.
 

Ocoka

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The only sea creature I've had a bad encounter with was a Portuguese Man O War that wrapped its tentacles around my leg and it felt like 10,000 volts and left bright red, painful whip-like welts. This was off Edisto Beach in the 80s and we were surfing. When it first happened I thought a shark had bit me.

Benedryl, painkillers at the ER...and copious beers.
 
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BloodStripe

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The only sea creature I've had a bad encounter with was a Portuguese Man O War that wrapped its tentacles around my leg and it felt like 10,000 volts and left bright red, painful whip-like welts. This was off Edisto Beach in the 80s and we were surfing. When it first happened I thought a shark had bit me.

Benedryl, painkillers at the ER...and copious beers.
A buddy in the Marines had one wrap around his shoulder. Left one hell of a scar.
 

Board and Seize

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My only shark experience:

For an open-circuit sustainment dive in Guam, my team hit a spot where a local resort put down feeding buckets to attract wildlife for the glass-bottom boats. This was barely training, but there were about 6 nurse sharks in the vicinity that were pretty friendly. We got up close to them, and I even managed to catch a short ride by hanging onto a dorsal fin for a few meters. Pretty cool.
 

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He's done well to get through it. I think he was attacked in 2009, I flew on a plane with him last year or late the year before and he was looking mega fit.
That guy is a stud. I saw his gorgeous partner first from across the street, then fark, it's him. In shorts & wifebeater he's pretty impressive with all his ironmongery on display.
 
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