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... and just when you thought it was safe to go back in the ocean, here comes young Cousteau in an electric shark.
Even (plastic) sharks need TLC.
Q: Do elasmobranchs dream of electric sharks?
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True, but even a wetsuit can help in case of shark attack. Case in point, as a teenager I was fond of picking up nurse sharks behind the pectoral fins off the bottom and showing them to others. You had to watch the size of the shark you picked up of course as even little guys are very powerful. When show and tell was over, I would surface, as I was usually freediving and throw the shark as far away as possible. You couldn't just let go because they might just bite you. Well, one little fellow that I had thrown away just turned around, swam up and bit me in the chest. More accurately, he came in and chomped on to my wetsuit and hung there like ... well a shark. I look down and think well now what?! I grab the guy and pull him away with a mouth full of neoprene leaving a nice hole in my wetsuit. I am looking at the shark and he is looking at me, deciding if he wanted catchup to go with his foam. I haul back and throw him as hard as I could away. The damn bugger just spins around and charges right back at me, this time I intercept him with a fin kick. He then swam off to the bottom, incident closed.
Nurses don't have much in the way of teeth, at least the little ones. Still, losing some skin in lieu of some wetsuit would not be all that fun. I had another high school buddy who was treated to a flaying of skin from one hand. That of course is another story.
Hey, reaching way back into memory, I seem to recall an rite of passage for early California free divers was grabbing and wrestling guitarfish. Those are some ugly mother toothy elasmobranchs you folks have there.
Hell, just diving (or riding), around those sea rookeries off the left coast with all those whites earns my respect. There is a whole world of radical, interesting ocean conditions out there!
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