This mornign i ebcame the proud new owner of a 1986 Army field manual dedicated to survival in numerous situations across a variety of terrains. It’s referred to by some as FM 21-76, and it’s considered by many to be the bible of survival guides. You can find free versions online, but the book form gives the whole thing some off-the-grid gravity you just can’t emualte online.
In a bizarre coincidence, when I opened the book to scane the contents I found myself looking at the section about sharks. In particular, “surviving if you are in a raft and you sight sharks—”
- Do not fish. If you have hooked a fish before seeing the shark, let the fish go.
- Do not clean fish in water.
- Do not throw waste overboard
- Do not trail arms or legs in the water.
- Keep still and quiet.
- Keep hands, feet, legs, arms adn equipment inside the raft.
- Conduct all burials as soon as possible. Wait until night if sharks are numerous.
WTF! The list was pretty palatable until that last bullet point about night burials. Jesus, survival is some macabre shit. The illustrations in this guide are priceless, and I wonder if anyone would be interested in using this as a model for an edtech field manual for surviving the Higher Ed apocalypse 🙂 THis is now officially part of my sumemr reading list.
Strange don’t swim at night or your more likely to be attacked by a shark but make sure you jettison your bodies then (so they can’t see where they came from?) . . .
I would have thought eating the bodies a better idea . . .
I was wondering if you own a copy of this book? Perhaps I’ll bring it down on Wendesday? Fodder for our next project. This has Woodward written all over it.
Water surface cooler at night so sharks will sink lower (tropospheres) – learnt that from Red Storm Rising 🙂
Are you making a survive the internet manual?
I can’t find any mention of troposphere other than in the air but I could be missing something (not that I don’t trust Tom Clancy). I’m genuinely curious. I did find some strangely titled Great White research which references the thermocline and seems to indicate that particular shark stays near the surface at night. I didn’t read enough to figure out how deep the water was in total- oceanic vs coastal.
It does appear that many sharks move inland during the night (bad for swimming near shore, good for ditching bodies?).
I meant thermocline 🙂
I am now suspicious it is a carrots see at night double bluff – what does burial at sea at night also help with? I guess it helps you not see your colleague ripped to crap in front of you?
Or maybe they are Turner Fans http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/turner-peace-burial-at-sea-n00528
I did learn some things about the ocean’s impact on the troposphere and I really like that painting so in the end win/win/win.
The Bava is a shark research blog right?
I’m dying to go to Australia just so I can swim ina beach where the sharks are tweeting where they are. More than that, entering the water as I pass Shark Sighted sign would be my dream:
Although, the whole recent wave of adolescent Great Whites being spotted regularly up and down the Southern California coast is pretty fascinating too. And I’ll be there shortly 🙂 I son;t know what it is, but Sharks remind me we are deeply vulnerable always.
We only ever meet them when they are hungry though, so I suppose it’s like meeting some one rather irritable due to being hungry.
I suspect a well fed shark could be like a dolphin except faster and doesn’t fall asleep.
My favourite bit of weird shark survival advice remembered from the 70s: don’t play tennis. Why? Because sharks have notoriously bad eyesight but can see contrast, and are attracted to tennis players’ untanned feet.
End public service announcement.
What? Sharks feeding on untanned feet? I love this, nd after a quick search it seems folks are still suggesting both untanned feet and jewelry:
The 1970s are alive and well when it comes to any and all things shark:)
Thanks to you I’m now blogging about current weirdness in MOOCs with Jaws as my guide. And yes those tweeting sharks — I am constantly gripping my keyboard thinking “how big? how big exactly?”
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