Friday, May 29, 2009

Study: Shark-cage dive tours safe on Oahu North Shore

Great news coming out of The Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology and a two year study that refutes many of the "wild hair allegations" swirling around the anti-shark diving debate on Oahu:

HONOLULU — A scientific study has concluded shark-cage dive tours on Oahu's North Shore pose little risk for recreational ocean users in nearshore waters.

The Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology conducted the two-year study.It found sharks tagged during tours overwhelmingly stay far out to sea and don't follow tour boats back to shore.

The study also found the tours are frequented by Galapagos and sandbar sharks, which are rarely involved in attacks on humans. Marine scientist Carl Meyer said at an informational briefing at the state Capitol that when it comes to offshore caged shark-diving tours, there is no evidence of any risk to nearshore recreational users.

The tours have been operating since 2001.


The Bumbling Bohemian said...

I just returned from Oahu and went on a tour with Hawaii Shark Encounters on 5/21. It was a great experience and even as an avid shark lover I never once felt any sort of threat. The first day I was in Oahu an article was published in the Honolulu newspaper about the safety of shark tours. I was happy to be there and part of it after the news officially broke.

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