Sharks and the Bahamas

This topic submitted by Jack Kane ( kanejt@miamioh.edu) at 12:57 PM on 4/1/04.

Our group prepares to leave Lighthouse Cave, San Salvador, Bahamas.

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For my presentation and paper I will be talking about sharks that can be found in Florida and the Bahamas. Like most people I have always had a love and interest in sharks. Since we start our trip in Florida and it is one of the highest shark attack areas, it is important that the class learns how to prevent attacks but also learn why these creatures are so interesting.

A. The myth of attacks
1. Sharks are not man eaters
2. Very few attacks each year
a. Many times only occur when provoked
3. Most attacks are not fatal

B. Attacks in Florida
1. Why Florida has such a high attack rate
2. What sharks are in Florida

C. Sharks of the Bahamas and Florida
1. Bull shark
2. Nurse
3. Spinner Shark
4. Sandbar
5. Blacknose

D. Prevention of Shark Attacks
1. What to do if attacked by a shark
2. How to prevent attack by shark
3. What to do if wounded by a shark

1.Mark Carwardine, The shark watcher's handbook : a guide to sharks and where to see them, Princeton University Press, c2002

2.Thomas Allen, The shark almanac, Lyons Press, c1999

3.Seymour Simon, Sharks, HarperCollins, c1995

4.Sharks [videorecording] : predators or prey?

5.Jose Castro, A field guide to the sharks commonly caught in commercial fisheries of the southeastern United States, U.S. Dept. of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service, Southeast Fisheries Science Center, [1993]

6.Harvey Mackay, Swim with the sharks without being eaten alive : outsell, outmanage, outmotivate, & outnegotiate your competition, Morrow, 1988

7. Victor Faughnan, The national shark-o-pedia : a helpful and informative guide to the recognition and identification of many sharks occurring in American territorial waters, especially the waters of the Hawaiian Islands, eastern Gulf of Mexico, and the west coast of Florida, Undersea Resources, 1999


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