Nigel Marven was standing next to Erich Ritter when a chummed-in bull shark – obviously not a card-carrying member of the I Think Erich Ritter is Infallible Society - decided to eat Ritter's generously proffered and nicely chummed up calf muscle. (Given that the shark decided to eat Ritter's leg just after Erich told Nigel that the sharks couldn't care less that they were there, you have to admire its sense of timing and wonder if it had a sense of humour too.)
Ritter's 'accident' – to use Sharkproject's politically correct term – was, of course, the reason for this film's genesis: to re-use and re-exploit the gory footage for what would have been better titled Son of Anatomy of a Shark Bite or Anatomy of a Shark Bite – The Rehash. And so, there is Erich once again starring in the show and doing his cute grin and making up silly explanations that Marven (if few others) finds convincing. For example we are told that a bull shark close to shore can feel hemmed in by peoples' legs and that it mistakenly thinks legs are competing with it in its hunt for stingrays… Wow! I want to be a world-famous Shark Behaviour Expert too! And I thought Science was too difficult!!!
However some researchers have hypothesized that the reason the proportion of fatalities is low is not because sharks do not like human flesh, but because humans are often able to get out of the water after the shark's first bite. In the 1980s John McCosker noted that divers who dived solo and were attacked by great whites were generally at least partially consumed, while divers who followed the buddy system were normally pulled out of the water by their colleagues before the shark could finish its attack. Tricas and McCosker suggest that a standard attack modus operandi for great whites is to make an initial devastating attack on its prey, and then wait for the prey to weaken before going in to consume the wounded animal. A human's ability to get to land (or onto a boat) with the help of others is unusual for a great white's prey, and thus the attack is foiled.
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