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Shark Conspiracies: Fatal Shark Attack On Markus Groh Examined

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SAN DIEGO, California -- The April, 2008, episode of Shark Conspiracies is now available for free download. Shark Conspiracies explores shark sightings and attacks in a new way, by exposing the cover-ups and misinformation sometimes generated from tourism and conservation interests. Shark Conspiracies claims to be both “pro shark” and “pro truth.”

The April episode discusses the case of Austrian diver Markus Groh, who was attacked and killed by a large shark in Bahamian waters on February 24, 2008. Groh was bitten while diving among chummed in tiger and bull sharks, without a cage, off of charter captain Jim Abernethy’s boat, Shear Water.

If the shark attack wasn’t tragic enough, the “smooth over” job following the incident by the tourism and conservation interests, including the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner, was enough to make for a great April podcast. The show runs 17 minutes.

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This is a very tragic story. When I read where people state" he was doing what he loves" I can't help to think that this man had no idea he was going to be killed that day and would have thought twice about what he was doing, regardless of how much he loved it or how many dives he had been on if he was more informed about the aggression of these dangerous sharks especially when chum was in the water. This is just my opinion and I wish the family of MR. Groh MY condolences and Gods blessings.
   comment# 1   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska, Texas · Mar 13, 2008 @ 7:47pm

Robert: Your compasion is admirable, and I too feel for Mr. Groh. I must say though, that while he has been given a false sense of security by people such as the charter owners and the shark conservationists, Mr. Groh was not thinking critically, thinking for himself, when he voluntarily dove into shark-chummed waters without a cage. God gave each of us the hardware (brain) and ability to use it to think independently, and while it's sad when someone choses not to use this ability, it goes to show you that you just can't save people from themselves. Robert, I also want to take this opportunity to thank you for your support on these forums over the past several months. Please stay in touch. Sincerely, Kevin Harris
   comment# 2   - Kevin, Host, Shark Conspiracies · Agoura Hills, CA · Mar 15, 2008 @ 8:21am

It absolutely never ceases to amaze me how the media finds it necessary to editorialize an issue based on near total ignorance of the facts. How refreshing it would be indeed, if articles were actually researched and written based on actual experience instead of raw speculation and baseless assumptions. Talking from personal experience of actually having been bitten by a shark, endeavoring to learn as much about them since my accident and having participated in numerous shark dives in controlled and uncontrolled circumstances, I can tell you that you that you DO know in the back of your mind that despite the safety measures in place, there is a chance that things can go wrong, albeit rare. I can also vouch for professional operations like Jim Abernathy's that go to great lengths to inform and educate you of the potential risks involved. Its ultimately about personal choice and accepting responsibility for making that choice. As an experienced diver, Markus Groh made a personal informed choice on that fateful day, and I'd be willing to bet that he in fact did die doing something he loved.
   comment# 3   - Kent Bonde · Miami Shores, Florida · Mar 20, 2008 @ 10:58am

Mr. Bonde, it's interesting that you and I seem to agree on the primary topic here, that Mr. Groh is primarily responsible for what befell of him. I do take issue, however, with your terminology - calling the shark attack on yourself an "accident." Perhaps you think the shark mistook you for another animal, or maybe it was just testing you to see what you were? In either case, I do not see how the term "accident" makes any sense whatsoever. I'd appreciate it if you could set me straight on that one. I really do want to understand the use of that term as it related to shark attacks. Sincerely, Kevin Harris Host, Shark Conspiracies
   comment# 4   - Kevin · Agoura Hills, CA · Mar 20, 2008 @ 1:12pm

Kevin, It is painfully obvious that a) you have never been on a shark dive b) don't have any personal experience from which to draw and c) base your opinions and assumptions (and I stress the words OPINIONS and ASSUMPTIONS), solely on second hand information and unreliable media sources. To answer your question, I was coming up in the water column with a fish on my spear. The shark came in on scent and vibration of the wounded fish. The shark hit me, removing my left calf and then without even breaking stride, came up for the fish I had speared. A forensic exam on my wound determined the bite to be that of a 2.5 meter bull shark. Upon reaching the surface and seeing the extent of my injury, my first thought was when are the other sharks going to arrive. I had over a football field distance to swim, part of which was with the assistance of my wife. Mind you every day we had been spearing fish, we had plenty of sharks around. Interestingly, considering the amount of blood I lost on the way back to the boat, not a single other shark showed up, which has totally, at least in my mind, dispelled the urban media driven ledgend that sharks are even remotely attracted by our scent. So you see, this is just one of many first-hand experiences that I base my beliefs on. I certainly don't rely on the media as gospel. Kevin, all I can I say is that I don't know where your irrational bias for sharks comes from, but do me a favor, at the very least, try a shark dive
   comment# 5   - Kent Bonde · Miami Shores, FL · Mar 20, 2008 @ 4:55pm

Kent: Your attack was clearly provoked. Not to suggest you did anything wrong, but many experts, and myself (non expert) consider spearfishing a provocation for shark attack. I'm still not sure I would call it an accident, though if the shark was going for the fish but your leg got in the way, I suppose that could be an accident. But let me suggest that you going on some dives, and being "accidentally" bitten by a shark doesn't make you an expert either, and your case is just one... far too few for a decent control group. I know of many stories of sharks coming in from human blood in the water, so the fact that no others swam in from your blood doesn't, by itself, convince me of anything, except that you were lucky. Some sharks, like great whites, it is theorized, are attracted to the scent of mammalian urine, as well as their blood. What you consider an urban legend is based on truth. Kent, I don't have a bias for sharks. To be totally honest, I'm afraid of them. The thing is, I'm MORE afraid of what some people will do and say to promote their agendas. I agree that some of my fear of sharks is irrational, but I also know, and freely speak about, what some sharks have done, and will continue to do, to humans they find in the water on occasion. Sincerely, Kevin Harris Host, Shark Conspiracies
   comment# 6   - Kevin · Agoura Hills, CA · Mar 21, 2008 @ 10:02am

Kevin: The fact that you are afraid to see what people are doing to protect sharks is extremely ignorant. Sharks are an endangered species that we can't survive without. The shark fin soup era due to human ignorance is having a tremendous impact on life in the oceans. 70% of the oxygen we breath is from the oceans that sharks have shaped. Without sharks to keep the ocean in balance fish below sharks will grow out of control and consume the plankton that converts carbon dioxide to oxygen. Im not saying that you shouldn't treat sharks with caution because they are wild animals. You wouldn't go running next to a pride of lions but people swim in areas where sharks hunt every day. There are less than 5 shark deaths a year and millions of people enter waters each year where sharks hunt. The majority of attacks are provoked. If you are doubting me then either do some research on sharks or watch the movie "sharkwater". The movie makes you realize how important sharks are to our ecosystem and emphasizes the importance on the issue shark finning. People need to come to the realization that before humans existed, sharks where the worlds top predator for over 400 millions of years. ANY animal that has survived that long has tremendous importance to our ecosystems. People protecting sharks aren't just doing it to save sharks but to save life in general, for humans aswell. Once again I encourage all of you to watch the movie shark water and to NOT
   comment# 7   - Graham · Toronto, Canada · Jan 7, 2010 @ 6:33pm

Its such a shame he died :( Boo Hoo! sersiouly! Sharks are dangerous creatures and they will kill, so if you are going to go in that direction, exspect to be ready for danger. its great the megalodon doesnt exist anymore.... that would be super dangerous. I suppose sharks were created to clear the waters or something, im not sure why they were made but they kill anything in it. also they themselfs can be killed by larger sharks/whales. they hate eating humans, but they will bite and rip anything up.....
   comment# 8   - Jancy · United kingdom · May 5, 2010 @ 4:20pm

Editing stories or not printing them to prevent scaring off tourists is a common practice. The Daytona Beach News-Journal for many years banned the word shark, referring to them as "large aquatic mammals." I am willing to bet that there are many, many deaths worldwide that go unreported, especially in the Pacific and Africa. Two schoolmates of a cousin who grew up on Guam were killed by sharks that attacked their raft in 1997 and those deaths were never registered.
   comment# 9   - ex-resident · Mount Dora, FL, USA · Jul 1, 2010 @ 6:20pm

Some truth on both sides here (my opinion). I've been on several shark dives, enjoy them and have never had a problem during the dives. Yes, there's risks and anyone participating in the dives know there are risks. Also, living in Hawaii in the early 1980's I know the tourism boards do gloss over, misreport or totally eliminate news coverage about shark attacks, at least on the swimmers and surfers. Sharks are important to the ecology, shark finning is heinous and some sharks are going to attack and possible kill some humans. Facts of life and death. I've also never liked that phrase "died doing something they loved". I can guarantee people don't love dying no matter whether it's a heart attack on the couch watching their favorite TV program or being mauled by their faborite type of shark whilst diving.
   comment# 10   - Doug · Cincinnati, USA · Jul 18, 2014 @ 12:09pm
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