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Sharks are Not Pussycats as Shark Divers Discover

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Moving ponderously, tiger sharks tend to stalk their prey from behind. They are tricky like that. They are the garbage collectors of the sea. They have catholic tastes and will attempt to eat anything. So when you go on a shark feed dive with tiger sharks, keep in mind: one might just be creeping up behind you.

Add to that the well-documented strange predilection some of them have for aluminum camera housings and scuba tanks (is it the electrolysis between the aluminum of the tank and the different metal of the regulator first-stage?), and you can understand that some scuba divers may be in for a frightening experience. I myself have been carried off more than once by an animal as big as a small car that grabbed my tank....

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