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Old 01-06-2005   #1 (permalink)
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Sharks.............

Not trying to cause concern, but is there much shark activity in Playa? We were there in 2003 and did not see any or hear of any shark activity.

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we saw one when we were on the fatcat last week.....we got rather close!!!
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watch out for this Beer Bucket variety, basically toothless but can pose a danger



hey Hef, how big is Broken Arrow now???... we lived down in Southpark Estates in the 70's
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time share sharks??

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Old 01-07-2005   #5 (permalink)
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are you looking for sharks?

I think you have to define shark activity carefully to really answer this question. For example, the International Shark Attack File (compiled by the Florida Museum of Natural History - lots of good info on reported shark attacks) reports that there have been 5 confirmed, unprovoked shark attacks in Delaware since 1670 with one fatal attack in 1968. Doesn't seem like much shark acticity. But on the other hand, from a fisherman's perspective, I can catch small sharks anytime I want off the beach and sharks 6+ feet anytime I want from a boat within 1 mile of shore. From that perspective it seems like a lot of shark activity.

The stats on the coast of Quintana Roo (roughly Cancun to Punta Allen) indicate that from 1880 to 2003 there were 5 confirmed unprovoked shark attack fatalities with the last one occuring in 1997. See http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/sharks.../mapMiddle.htm .
Pretty minimal compared to the 40,000+ automobile fatalities inthe US EVERY YEAR!

Myself, I never swim at night, but other than than don't worry about it...

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Do a search of "sharks" for some info from fairly recent posts about PDC and the region ... thanks to jt for his reply ...
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Old 01-08-2005   #7 (permalink)
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Yes, there are sharks.

No- I've never witnessed an attack or heard of any harm done by them.

While working I'd see Nursesharks and Bullsharks on a regular basis.
There was one incident with a shark right in fron of RIU/Iberostar- but he was gone as quickly as he came. And in hindsight I am not sure who was more scared- the tourists or the shark.

As far as I know they are hardly around in shallow waters.
And the many times I saw them during our dives they were totally uninterested in us....just swimming along doing their own thing.

So if you ask me- I'd say there is no need to worry.
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came back after diving there for 10 days on Jan 3rd and saw only 1 nurse shark the whole time I was there but the funny thing is I go looking for them may be why I don't find them.
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Oklahomajack,

Good to see someone from Oklahoma on the board. I travel to Enid on occasion for business. Can't wait untill March.
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What kind of shark was this...btw ,this camera had NO ZOOM.
It was in the ascension bay flats south of Punta allen.
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Re: 4. Good ole Sharky's as red as a tomato. Was that picture before or after he loses his power of speech? ;-)
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Re: 4. Good ole Sharky's as red as a tomato. Was that picture before or after he loses his power of speech? ;-)
I think he still had speech capability at the time, but our wives definitely had his blood pressure up
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The only sharks that I have to worry about are the ones that I owe money to. They could be anywhere.
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