This is something I have been thinking about since answering this question about guessing the size of a shark. What precautions would a scuba diver take or is this something that is simply avoided?

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This question is easy! Just dive as you would. If you see a shark, don't dive towards it, because it could think you want to attack. Just stay in one spot, watch the shark, and enjoy!

Sharks are very curious animals, which just want to have a look, and then swim away. The is no need to worry the shark would attack you. Sharks are friendly and don't eat humans.

I dove a bunch of times with different sharks. I even spend 2 Years living on the fidschi islands and doing research about sharks. I saw many sharks of different kinds. Be ready to be mind-blown by these amazing creatures!

Have fun and a great dive!

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    -1: From Wikipedia - "Out of more than 480 shark species, only three are responsible for two-digit numbers of fatal unprovoked attacks on humans: the great white, tiger and bull;[1] " - the question is specifically about GW's, suggesting you just jump in and enjoy without knowledge of shark behaviour is dangerous.
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    Commented Aug 4, 2016 at 0:36
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    "two-digit numbers" -- In the realm of accidental death stats that's not even a blip. Last I read (no I don't have a cite handy) quite a lot of people die hiking and backpacking every year. Commented Aug 4, 2016 at 0:43
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    @tomfumb -- More people backpacking than swimming in the ocean in warm waters?... hard to believe. Call me skeptical ;) Commented Aug 4, 2016 at 1:53
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    Hi all, take it to chat. Commented Aug 4, 2016 at 20:42
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    "The is no need to worry, the shark would attack you.". Are you aware that the comma reverses the meaning of that sentence, making it mean that the shark would certainly attack you. Commented Dec 13, 2016 at 11:09

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