Unfortunately this woman will have an end like “Crocodile Hunter”, Steve Erwin... he was living on borrowed time for years. That is terribly unfortunate for him, his family, friends, and fans, but that is reality and the nature of the stunts that he pulled on a regular basis. Familiarity breeds contempt and fate is not to be played chicken with. I hope she is ready to meet God and that she understands what Eternity and Judgment are about. I hope she finds another "hobby" and line of work (and not a "Grizzly Bear whisperer" either).
Anyone who thinks that he can predict wild animals or fish is demented... wild animals are unpredictable. While of course “penny-ante” gambling concerning the ability to so predict is harmless—but gambling with your life (or the lives of others) certainly qualifies as “high stakes gambling” and those who do so clearly have an addiction and a neurosis (and possibly psychopathology).
Even if there is a “bell curve” of predictability with wild animals (which appears to be just a few clicks above “random” if you don’t know and consider all the factors)... woe be to the ones around those animals when they fall outside the bell and find out that the bell tolleth for them.
Tthe Bell Curve is highly unreliable with wild animals like sharks, because the sample group studied cannot possibly represent the entire population, so the data itself is entirely unreliable. If you have a stray dog or deer in your neighborhood who has become semi-civilized from years of receiving food hand-outs, not only does that not mean that he is predictable,* but it does not properly represent all stray dogs and / or deer who have not had such favorable semi-civilizing encounters. In reality such a bell curve is a myth and the true predictive scenario is like being inside one of those lottery glass cases with all of the numbered ping pong balls swirling around and your attempting to grab ping pong balls with any predictive measurability. Also, hand feeding a wild dog is a lot less risky than hand-feeding a 2-ton shark... why stop at the mackerel snack when the whole arm is tasty...?
[* Wild animal behaviour is predictable (with +/- degree of error, which you can count on the fingers of your hand, if you have fingers left... or a hand) ONLY if all the conditions are known and if all of the conditions are exactly the same and have not changed... but what if some neighborhood kids had been throwing sticks and rocks at the dog? what if the dog was hurt? What if the dog has beginning stages of rabies and its mind is not functioning properly? What if it is heat / rut season? What if you think it is the same deer / dog, and it is not? Of course, in a more-controlled environment, living remotely in the country / mountains, there is less chance of such abnormalities changing the standard scenario—but that itself proves my point. Such encounters, even over a long period of time do not predict all dog / deer behaviour—just that individual or few... and after years of shaping that behaviour. To then to try to apply that information to all animals, is stupendous! It is accessory to homicide (the shark “expert” at a tourist venue and the shark apparantly being in league with each other) to then tell people who take your word as an “expert” that “sharks are not dangerous” and “sharks are our friends”. Do such twits not teach their children not to pet strange dogs? If stray dogs are dangerous, why not sharks?]
The shark huggers at venues such as Ripley’s Aquarium employ mindless twits who parrot nonsense in a squeaky-balloon type voice, repeating their mantras, “Sharks are our friends” and “more people get hurt falling off their toilets each year than are hurt by sharks”. That statistic impresses mindless individuals who don’t know how to think. What percentage of the entire U.S. population has ever even seen the ocean, let alone gone in it and how often? What percentage of (civilized) individuals in the U.S. use the toilet each day and how many times? It is a false statistic. Weak, elderly women probably are the ones who get hurt falling off the toilet, and those in assisted living care facilities. How many of those same feeble, elderly women go surfing in the ocean on a daily basis? Now, if we are talking about feeble elderly ladies who live on house boats and fall off the toilet right into a shark’s mouth... well, that will certainly be difficult to dissect that statistic; but somehow I think the likelihood of that happening is rather slim.
It is true that sharks do not kill and eat every single human in the water near them... sharks swim among bathers at a frightening rate, without swimmers ever even knowing it. Pilots who fly low along the coastlines of the beaches report seeing sharks swimming all around the bathers who never even know it. It is quite creepy.
I remember a nature special decades ago that revealed that after mating the female praying mantis sometimes takes a bite out of the male’s head and kills and eats him. The scientists said that they did not know why, other than maybe after mating she just got hungry. Well, don’t you think that sharks sometimes get hungry? —especially Great White sharks that have that massive body that needs to be kept constantly fueled...? What would you do if you were a shark and all of the sudden got a “snack attack” craving and there were all these slow, unobservant, careless humans swimming in the water? People at fancy restaurants get to pick out the exact fish that they want to eat. Sharks do the same thing, except there is no waiter involved... and they like their human the way suchi is served—raw with a little seaweed.
Also, blood in the water will often cause even a shark that is not hungry to go into “feed mode”... and what happens when it is that time of the month for female swimmers? I’ve heard some accounts where some sharks can smell / detect a single drop of blood in the water from 5 miles away. Like moths drawn to the flame, so are sharks to blood, and even if the sharks were not hungry originally, they just might be after swimming 5 miles to check out the blood source.
Some sharks, like some breed of dogs, are more aggressive than others, but all dogs and all sharks can be nasty and bite. Little terriers were bred to kill rats, grabbing by the neck and viciously shaking the rats to snap their necks in just a second. As they say, “It’s not a matter of the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog”. Likewise with sharks.
Do dogs and deer and sharks have “bad days” too...? Did you ever have a really bad day and thought, “Boy, no one better mess with me today”...? While dogs, deer, and sharks may not be able to mentally verbalize and comprehend it, that really does not matter unless you are going to ask the dog, deer, or shark about his “feelings”. All that matters is that if the animal indeed had a bad day, was just smacked down by a bigger animal (or had its lunch stolen right out from under its nose) and its hormones are on high alert—instinct will take over and the animal may “act out” and take out is aggressions in the next situation that presents itself, which under normal conditions would not have set it off. Animals become aggressive when their hormones are released in “fight or flight” scenarios. It does not matter if the situation has ended... those hormones are there for the long haul, until they wear off. If a bull is enraged because someone poked and smacked it, but the bull cannot get to that person, do you actually think that the bull will just “let bygones be bygones” and “forget about it”...? I seriously doubt it unless the bull has been practicing “Zen-Buddhism” and “anger management control” (and a little fluoride and marijuana wouldn’t hurt either). No, the bull will gore and pummel into milanesa the next creatures that happens to step into his territory. He would probably do so anyway, but with hormones flooding every cell of his brain and body, it is almost guaranteed... and that’s no bull.
I am reminded of the story in the book, The Frontiersman,* of a General or Colonel here in the U.S. during the British or French and Indian wars or something, who had found a small abandoned fawn and raised it by hand as a pet. The fawn grew into a young buck with prongs that were just forming. One day after he fed the deer, he walked away to attend to nature’s business, then he bent over to pull up his trousers and for no reason the deer charged him and rammed him in the rear, severing his femoral artery, and he sat there in amazement in the ground in his own blood and bled out and died within a few minutes. What happened to the Bell Curve of predictability...? How many hundreds of times on a daily basis had he fed and petted that young deer without ever a sign of trouble? That is the problem with predicting predictability: It is unpredictable. It’s not the 300 times that were not a problem, that is the problem, but the one time that will be a problem that you don’t think is a problem. Such is the problem with predictability and statistics and the Bell Curve in matters that involve wild animals... you can’t know all the possible factors. You certainly can’t know every last flip of the quarter since infinity is never reached and anything can happen between now and the futile attempted approach of infinity.
[* —a superb book surrounding the life of incredible frontiersman Simon Kenton in the Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia area. Narratives of America by Allan Eckert; gripping historical novels, reconstructed from the facts: gripping novels, based wholly on fact; . There are 6 books in the series. The Frontiersman is by far the very best of the series. large paperback (around 7x10) 626pp., 20.00 + 5.00 P&H (reg. 22.00) each. The Frontiersman covers the conquest of America’s Northwest Territory [today’s northern mid-west]; Wars against British & Indians, centered around Simon Kenton: the greatest frontiersman / greater than Daniel Boone (he saved Boone’s life few times); he was a great man, God watched over him even as Washington in battle. A true legend. One of only 2 men who could fire and reload and fire at those chasing him from behind, a musket rifle while running full speed. I highly recommend this book. One of best I have ever read. One of the only men in history to have survived any (let alone numerous) running of the Indian gauntlet; historically accurate account of what Indians were really like, British / French treachery, frontier-life, Indian Wars, American independence, etc.]
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