Why is everyone so afraid of sharks and crocs?
Bringing up food poisoning isn't valid...
It totally is valid. I am trying to make a point that there is a different between a fear and an irrational phobia type fear. Being afraid of sharks-if you see one- is maybe reasonable, but letting that fear restrict you from visiting a continent or going for a swim along the beach is not.
It is what it is. People can try to rationalize being irrational all they want, that doesn't make it rational/logical/reasonable/whatever. Being killed by a shark probably ranks among the LEAST likely ways to die, just beneath maybe meteor strike or being mauled to death by an angry........chicken.
No matter how people try to justify it (it can swim fast, it has sharp teeth, it looks scary) it is not reasonable to have a fear of sharks effect your actions in any way in a real world.
Be mad at me if you want.
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VileFiddle posted...Ace81892 posted...They have the potential to do a great deal of harm, but not the motivation. If you are going to be afraid of everything that can possibly hurt you then enjoy not going outside. It just boggles my mind that people can get in cars every day without a second though, but then crap their pants at the sight of a shark.
I've read some of your posts here before and I could easily mistake you for a troll.
Either way you are badly misinformed to a point of ignorance. Please tell me your reasoning on why if a species goes extinct it has a major impact on humans or nature.
o5pr3y posted...Sharks are no more scary than spiders or snakes, but tons of people have an irrational fear of them as well.
I got bit by a brown recluse. It damn near killed me just from the bite, then I almost died due to having an allergic reaction with the medicine for the bite. I nearly died twice within about 10 days. My fear is quite freaking rational.
Something that has no reason to be dangerous to us due to us being orders of magnitude larger than it, actually being a decent danger to us due to a fluke of nature, spider venom is meant to paralyze and kill prey and yet it works(brown recluse, black widow some others) very effectively against us, is quite freaking terrifying. Particularly when you have seen it's effect in action.
I think about that day, about fourteen years ago, almost every single day.
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Im not afraid of any of the animals but i have only seen 2 crocs in like 40 hours of game play
...So wrong. I really don't care about this little debate, I agree sharks can be unnerving and create fear (irrational I will add) in people, but avoiding the beach/ocean because of them is silly IMO.
In any case, yes sharks live in open water, but they are literally swimming by beach goers in 4 feet of water constantly and we just don't see them. I've lived in Myrtle Beach my entire life and have seen a few sharks every summer, some while I'm swimming. Literally 10 feet away while I'm standing in 4 foot deep water. People catch baby sharks all the time at the pier. So there are no logic problems here, swimming in open water has no relevance, and you need to get your facts straight before spouting nonsense.
To put it in your simple words: Sharks actually "live" on beaches.
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Son, you are misinformed.
I love condescending people.
Son, you misinterpret my use of the word "biggest". It was not to do with stature or size. It was used in the context that they are among the top predators of the sea.
I live in Los Angeles and know plenty of people who have never seen the pacific ocean. So I really don't understand this argument that most of the world's population lives by the coast, as if all 12 million people in LA county go to the beach year round. Very few people I know even go to the beach more than twice a year.
As for Sharks going extinct not having an impact on the ocean: lol. Sharks are very important to the ocean. Not just to keep the fish population down, but for many other reasons. First of all, if there is a massive spike in fish population, the sea level rises. Horrible for the environment, don't you think?
Sharks are also used by fisherman and scientists as indicators for the fish population. Sharks indicate there is prey near by, better aiding humans to find fish.
Also it's said that if sharks were to go extinct, it would completely alter where fish resided. That many fish would leave the area, making it much more difficult for fishing etc. I believe something along these lines has already happened with the sea otter.
Not to mention you say that other fish would just eat the fish that the sharks ate, but who eats those fish? Unless Orca move into the area (as they tend to stay away from Shark infested areas), then there is nothing that is taking the Sharks place in killing the 2nd biggest (not in size, just in case there is another misunderstanding about the context of the word) predator in those areas.
You simply cannot take a predator as high up on the food chain as a shark and expect that the impact will be non existent, and that is proven to be the case more times than not.
The crocs just literally scared me. Just to be swimming and than *snap!* scared the hell out of me.
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