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Monday, July 16, 2018

Max Scherzer doesn’t fear hitters or swimming with sharks

Q: What drives you?
A: To be better. That drive to get better for me is my No. 1 goal. To find deficiencies within my game that I believe I can get better at.

Q: Why aren’t you afraid of sharks?
A: When you actually get down there, and you actually see a shark in the water, it’s a complete opposite of what you naturally think. Hollywood had dramatized the fear that sharks have because of teeth. … You hear surfers getting bit all the time. When you’re in murky water, sharks have bad eyesight and they get confused, and that’s why you see the bites. But when you’re in clear water with ’em, and they can see you, you see them, they’re afraid of your bubbles.

Hank Gillette Posted: July 16, 2018 at 10:25 AM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Khrushin it bro Posted: July 16, 2018 at 03:18 PM (#5710675)
They might be afraid of the two different colored eyes Max.
   2. Count Vorror Rairol Mencoon (CoB) Posted: July 16, 2018 at 03:32 PM (#5710684)
They might be afraid of the two different colored eyes Max.


Are they lifeless eyes ... like a doll's eyes?
   3. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: July 16, 2018 at 03:49 PM (#5710697)
When you’re in murky water, sharks have bad eyesight and they get confused, and that’s why you see the bites. But when you’re in clear water with ’em, and they can see you, you see them, they’re afraid of your bubbles.
Mm hm. So all you need to do to prevent a shark attack is to fart regularly while you're down there? Not gonna bank on that, thanks.
   4. Batman Posted: July 16, 2018 at 04:01 PM (#5710711)
Daniel Murphy is also afraid of bubbles and starts biting people when he gets confused.
   5. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: July 16, 2018 at 06:50 PM (#5710818)
For me, I want to see all the really cool sharks, like great white,


Yeah, sure. Have fun when you encounter one of these longer than 4 metres, you become part of the food chain.

Now I like Max and think he's well and truly on his way to a HOF career, but if he's thinking people only get bitten/attacked by sharks in murky water then he needs to sort of relearn his diving craft. Over here in Aus people are attacked a few times a year in the surf. Usually dusk or dawn and usually at somewhat remote surf spots(not too many attacks in Sydney type of thing) and many times in clear water. And these attacks mostly come from large white or tiger sharks, 4 metres at least. A 14 foot shark that weighs nearly 1 ton eats what it darn well wants, there ain't a whole lot of mistakes going on there other then it might think a surfer is a skinny seal, but it's intent to attack is based on feeding. Now if Max would like to dive some of the remote surf spots in WA, the Australia bite off SA or off the cape of good hope in South Africa to see a few 5+ metre Great Whites, then he is well and truly a man without fear.
   6. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: July 16, 2018 at 06:54 PM (#5710826)
A few years ago I encountered a small shark, 69 inches long, in the Gulf of Mexico. I was swimming and some fisherman had hooked it. After getting my fat ass out of the water as they reeled it in. The power even in that small shark was awesome and terrifying. It bucked a couple of times on the sand as they took photos with it and it was just impressive how much power it generated.

They released it back to the gulf and the thing wasted no time going due South. Shark was smart.

As was I, I stayed at the pool the rest of my trip.
   7. Walt Davis Posted: July 17, 2018 at 12:53 AM (#5711019)
Now if Max would like to dive some of the remote surf spots in WA, the Australia bite off SA or off the cape of good hope in South Africa to see a few 5+ metre Great Whites, then he is well and truly a man without fear.

Nah, then he gets to move up to the saltwater crocodile league.
   8. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: July 17, 2018 at 01:08 AM (#5711022)
I caught a few species of sharks in the waters around Charleston. Nothing huge, Bonnetheads, Blacktip I think, and some kind of smaller hammerhead. They fight like hell and certainly have the sandpaper like skin to leave an abrasion if you handle them. I don't think any of the sharks we all caught that day were longer than 4 feet. I had rather take on a 50+ inch muskie on moderate tackle and take my chances.
   9. drdr Posted: July 17, 2018 at 01:56 AM (#5711031)
Sharks often use mouth to feel things. Most of the small bites (the ones where shark bites and releases) are their equivalent of us touching things with our hands.

There has long been a theory that surfer (and even swimmer) looks from the deep similar to seal and that's why sharks attack surfers. I don't know if anyone investigated how likely are great whites to attack divers.
   10. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: July 17, 2018 at 02:17 AM (#5711032)
I don't know if anyone investigated how likely are great whites to attack divers.


As I said above, a 5 metre great white eats anything it damn well wants. Whether it's a diver, fur seal, surfer, baby whale etc., the white isn't going for feel, it's going for food. Needless to say it's probably even more angry once it finds it's bit into fibreglass or rubber instead of a nice plump seal or baby whale.

I've done plenty of reef diving and spent a lot of time amongst 2 metre reef sharks and lemon sharks and such, even saw a tiger shark that was over 10 feet once. Anything bigger then that considers you food. It's like that with any predator though, 2 metre croc, no issue; 4 metre croc, then you are looking like food.
   11. Bote Man is no David Posted: July 17, 2018 at 08:01 AM (#5711062)
The point is that once Mr. Shark takes a nibble and gets a mouthful of neoprene, fiberglass, and Styrofoam it quickly loses interest. That's cold comfort when you've got a ding in your torso, but at least you didn't get gobbled up whole, so there's that.
   12. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: July 17, 2018 at 08:31 AM (#5711070)
I've been down with bull sharks, threshers, nurse sharks and white tips and have never felt uncomfortable. Hammerheads are on my bucket list but I can never seem to get to the right place at the right time to see them. Great whites--I won't go down to see them unless I'm in a cage. They actually do a cage dive off the Farallones in the fall when the big fellas are migrating so I may do that. It's kind of expensive but, Great Whites, man! My general philosophy on wildlife is I don't need to touch them and I only need to get close enough to them to take a picture. You would be surprised by how many people do not share that philosophy.
   13. SandyRiver Posted: July 17, 2018 at 12:18 PM (#5711207)
There has long been a theory that surfer (and even swimmer) looks from the deep similar to seal and that's why sharks attack surfers. I don't know if anyone investigated how likely are great whites to attack divers.

I've read/heard that most sharks are calorie connoisseurs, desiring the most energy-rich stuff, like seal blubber, and often distaining mere muscle tissue. That theory would perhaps explain some of the bite-and-release episodes, though I'm not offering my leg in an attempt to confirm. (The bite-and-release has also been theorized as a bleed-em-out then eat at leisure tactic.)
   14. McCoy Posted: July 17, 2018 at 01:06 PM (#5711240)
I was in St Augustine in June and enjoying a leisurely bob in the water when I saw a fin skim the surface about 20 feet away from me. Now my logical brain said that the fin was probably part of a dolphin and I didn't have much to worry about. My lizard brain said get the eff out of there and I quickly got out of the water until I could ascertain what exactly was in front of me. Turns out where I was at on the beach was kind of a dolphin highway in that dolphins were routinely coming and going into the inlet and river that I was adjacent to. It was pretty cool to see 4 or 5 dolphins up close in the wild but it of course did not help with my fear that every shadow in the water or piece of seaweed is a shark or a jellyfish.
   15. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: July 17, 2018 at 01:17 PM (#5711245)
Set your DVR to record the series River Monsters if you want to see more freaky stuff that lives in the water.... like this friendly African species, the aptly named Goliath Tigerfish.
   16. Bote Man is no David Posted: July 17, 2018 at 01:23 PM (#5711249)
I've been out in the lineup and felt <something> graze my leg. In the North Atlantic the water is too murky to see so those went unknown. In Puerto Rico the water is typically clear and one time I was admiring the colorful sea life and ocean floor as my board sped along, only looking up as I ran aground and wrecked. One day it was totally flat so we were just snorkeling around out front when I turned around to a huge school of jellyfish about 1 foot away. I slowly backed away and called it a day. Lots more than sharks underwater to worry about!
   17. Khrushin it bro Posted: July 17, 2018 at 05:33 PM (#5711466)
I grew up surfing in Santa Cruz, CA and have been to some of the sharkiest places on earth (Jeffery's Bay, Cape Town, Margeret River WA, Surf beach in Lompoc where 2 people were killed in the last few years, north of Santa Cruz etc.) Only shark I saw while surfing as a little guy eating fish on the paddle across the harbor in Stradbrook Island and we ended up surfing after. I also swam with black tips in Moorea Tahiti which was pretty cool, they were only 6 footers and stayed away from getting too close to us.

I've heard many stories and avoid pissing in my wetsuit. I also don't eat shark for karma purposes.

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