These are nurse sharks.  The only people afraid of these animals are folks who don't know anything about sharks.  Nurse sharks are non-aggressive scavengers, and it's extremely rare to hear of anyone being bitten by these creatures.  If you ever do get bitten, you may be able to get a book contract out of the experience, or at least make it into the Guinness Book of World Records as the only person ever to be bitten in an unprovoked nurse shark attack.

Although sharks occasionally attack humans, your risk of shark attack as a sailor is so small that it is almost trivial.  Even if you sail around the world ten times, it's highly unlikely you will ever be bothered by a shark.


The single greatest risk you face as a circumnavigator is falling coconuts.  Each year, ten times as many people are killed by falling coconuts as are killed by sharks.  Every time you wade through shark infested waters onto a tropical island, and stand under a coconut palm, you put your life at risk.  Twenty feet up in the air are dozens of coconut bombs ready to drop from the sky, and if one of them hits you in the head, you are doomed.  With the nearest neurosurgeon thousands of miles away, your fractured skull and subdural hematoma will be your ticket to paradise - at least that's where I hope you go if you die.

These nurse sharks are cruising the waters of Staniel Cay.  You can stand on the docks and watch these guys swim by in a couple feet of water.  They skim just below the surface causing hardly a ripple.  The fish swimming with them obviously aren't concerned with the fact that they are swimming in the company of sharks, and you shouldn't be concerned either.

In our eleven year circumnavigation, I have seen only half a dozen nurse sharks and a couple of white tips.  Since I don't engage in spear fishing, there is nothing in my behavior that would attract sharks while I am snorkeling.  I have known only one person who was attacked by a shark, and that person was spear fishing on Minerva Reef in the South Pacific.

I don't worry about sharks because I don't do things that attract them.  But when I visit the enchanted isles of the South Pacific or Caribbean, I keep a sharp lookout for rogue coconut trees.  Unprovoked attacks on sailors by falling coconuts is all to common.

In spite of the risks from falling coconuts, I still think it's safe to sail around the world on a yacht.  Just stay on your toes, don't worry about the sharks, and don't stand under coconut palms.  Life is good.

Log 1 Peter Pan Around the World
Log 2 Weapons of Mackerel Destruction
Log 3 Pirates of the Malacca Straits
Log 4 Kissing Cobras
Log 5 Debriosaurus Rex
Log 6 Go Ahead - Live Your Dreams

Log 7 The Man Who Built His House on a Rock
Log 8 Ambivalent Eagles
Log 9 One-Shovel Full at a Time
Log 10 Hitchhiker's Guide to Planet Earth

Log 11 Keeshond

Log 12 The Red Sea Blues

Log 13 Feel the Freedom

Log 14 The Danger Zone

Log 15 Lucky Man
Log 16 Dream Machines - Land Rover Defenders

Log 17 Trade Wind Dreams
Log 18 Logs With Fins
Log 19 Everywhere, Everything
Log 20 Shark Slayer Is History

Log 21 Viking Funeral - Burial at Sea
Log 22 Improbable and Impossible

Log 23 Keep on Trucking
Log 24 Dream Machines II
Log 25 Bodysurfing Whales
Log 26 Hitting the Wall
Log 27 Surviving the Savage Seas

Log 28 The Next Step
Log 29 Welcome to Barbados
Log 30 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers
Log 31 The Man with the Unplan
Log 32 Dali Dolphins
Log 33 Flying Like a Turtle
Log 34 The Foolish Man Built His House on a Pitch Lake
Log 35 Go West Young Man
Log 36 Crossing the Atlantic in a Row Boat
Log 37 The Unsinkable HMS Diamond Rock
Log 38 Catamaran Capsize in 170 mph Winds
Log 39 When Are You Coming Home?

Log 40 Master and Commander of Anegada - Frigate Birds
Log 41 Baths of Virgin Gorda - Batholiths of Central Arabia

Log 42 Free at Last
Log 43 Stalking the Wild Manatee

Log 44 Spreaderman
Log 45 Attack of the Flesh Eating Bees
Log 46 Sharks and Coconuts
Log 47 Stingray Picnic
Log 48 Boo Boo Hill
Log 49 Whale Slayers
Log 50 Noddies (Not Naughty)


Log 51 Exumas Land and Sea Park
Log 52 David and Goliath
Log 53 Turquoise Clouds of Paradise

Log 54 Momma Nightjar
Log 55 Maximillian The Great
Log 56 Chiton Kingdom
Log 57 Flying and Holding On
Log 58 Far Horizons
Log 59 Clouds Are a Sailor's Friend
Log 60 Getting Connected
Log 61 Fear
Log 62 Grand Schemes and Other Important Things
Log 63 If Jellyfish Had a Brain
Log 64 Cousins That Don't Kiss
Log 65 Swimming With Sharks
Log 66 Perfect the Way You Are
Log 67 Space Travelers
Log 68 Aliens
Log 69 Monsters of the Mind
Log 70 My Butterfly Collection
Log 71 Somewhere Other Than Here Societies
Log 72 Five-Hundred Pound Spiders
Log 73 Red Sea Sunsets
Log 74 Gibraltar Sunrise
Log 75 Big Sea - Small Ship
Log 76 Just Cruising
Log 77 Castle Mania
Log 78 You Must Know the Sea
Log 79 Flying Like a Goat
Log 80 The Joy of Photography
Log 81 Universal Camouflage
Log 82 My Rainbow Collection
Log 83 Indian Ocean Reward
Log 84 Fiber W
Log 85 Turkish Reflections
Log 86 Mirrors and Mirages
Log 87 Lycean Tombs Rock
Log 88 Rigging Emergency
Log 89 Pamukkale
Log 90 Volcano Land
Log 91 Sniffing the Air
Log 92 Why I Don't Kite Surf
Log 93 Resurrecting Exit Only in Turkey
Log 94 Greased Pole Competition
Log 95 Tsunami Damage
Log 96 Afraid of Living
Log 97 Living on the Edge
Log 98 Borneo Adventure
Log 99 Uligamu Tree Tender with Full Benefits
Log 100 God's Fireworks Display

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