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Is it safe to swim in the high seas?

Asked by seneca (10points) August 24th, 2010

i wonder if the probability of a shark, or animal attack in general is higher or lower in the high seas or in the coast

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BarnacleBill's avatar

The sharks find you wherever you are, especially if you’re injured. Here’s an account of the USS Indianapolis in WWII. The sharks fed off the extremities of the sailors in the water, attracted by the scent of the dead bodies, and by the motion of the limbs. It’s the kicking of the legs that attracts the sharks, because it looks like a stationery fish.

According to this, sharks are capable of diving up to 9,000 feet, so they don’t just hang out in the shallow water.

gypsywench's avatar

Let alone a possible shark attack. What about the ocean currents and temperatures? No, it’s not safe to swim in the high seas.

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

While shark attacks are very uncommon, the majority of them occur in shallow water near coasts. But don’t let that deter you, these attacks are extremely rare, and the oceans are simply to amazing to pass up completely.

gypsywench's avatar

@jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities Would it be safe to say, most shark attacks occur in shallow water near coasts because of the ratio of people swimming in those waters is alot higher compared to deep waters? Even as rare as shark attacks are, other factors make the high seas very dangerous.

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

@gypsywrench That’s probably a factor. Also, that’s where many prey animals are, so that’s where a lot of sharks congregate.

gypsywench's avatar

@jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities Most sharks feed around dusk especially at river mouths. Your right. My main concern over deep sea swiming would be the swells and ocean currents.

CMaz's avatar

I grew up deep sea fishing. There are some BIG fish out there.

I don’t think the odds are any different then if you swim along the shore. But…

If you do draw attention to yourself. It will most likely be a big what ever.

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