…Continued from earlier post about cutting rope and line off sharks and marine life.
Tiger sharks are an easier shark to cut rope and line off of because they are generally slower and less likely to lash back but more likely to swim away if your attempt is unsuccessful. #Tigersharks are not as flexible as many species of sharks despite being cartilaginous their upper thoracic cavity or head from the snout to the front of the pectoral fins has an observed range of just 115 degrees making it possible to avoid a bite if your hand was above and in-line with the gills where the rope is observed to be on the tiger pictured here.
I find freediving to be safer and more efficient when working with sharks because I am more agile and quiet enough to sneak up on them from above and slightly behind. Handling any entangled animal should be done with caution and preferably by persons with experience and advanced water skills. Top concerns when attempting to assist any marine animal or cutting line off a reef is becoming snagged and entangled yourself, the animal lashing back due to pain (I’ve got scars from seabirds I untangled from fishing line, and urchin spines from reef clean ups, but no lash back from sharks, turtles, or cetaceans yet) cuts and stings from urchins, corals, and other marine life while cutting fishing line off the reef in surge and swell, and other animals in the area that you may be unaware of while focused on your task (I cut a lot of fishing line off sharks and rarely ever is there only one shark to focus on. Remember looking around constantly is the best way to avoid an adverse interaction. Use your best judgement and while I cannot standby without it my best shot I don’t want people to risk their lives when there might be a safer alternative/other people who can help but I totally understand and respect and am grateful those that do go out of their way to help entangled animals and reef when they see them. Please dive with a good very sharp knife and if the line is very deeply embedded aim carefully for the most exposed and don’t feel bad cutting straight into it the small cut is much less serious than the devastation the line can cau