The Ultimate Diving with Sharks Quiz

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The Ultimate Diving with Sharks Quiz
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About This Quiz

If you like extreme activities, then open-water diving with sharks may be for you. The best places to go are Southern California, Australia and South Africa. Take this quiz to learn more about diving with sharks.
Which is the safer way to dive with sharks?
cage diving
Cage diving is the safer of the options.
open-water diving
neither answer

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How many divers can be in a typical cage together?
four
You and three others can share the experience.
six
eight

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What equipment do you need to cage dive?
scuba equipment
The usual equipment you would need to scuba dive.
a snorkel
a mask

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How do you know the sharks will come?
chum in the water
If the cage diving company put chum in the water, then the sharks will come.
no guarantee
neither answer

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What is chum?
fish blood and oils
fish parts
both answers
Chum is a mixture of fish blood, oils and parts, and sharks are crazy for it.

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How long does a cage dive last?
10 to 15 minutes
20 to 30 minutes
Usually 20 to 30 minutes is the length of the dive.
50 to 60 minutes

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What is open-water diving?
no barriers
extreme form of diving
both answers
Open-water diving is just you and the ocean, plus sharks. You have no barrier and this is an extreme version of diving with sharks.

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What type of certification do you need for open-water diving with sharks?
Lifeguard
Open Water
Advanced Open Water
You will need to have Advanced Open Water scuba certification.

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What equipment will you need for open-water diving with the sharks?
snorkel equipment
scuba equipment
You will need scuba equipment.
neither answer

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Why should you stand in the water when swimming with the sharks?
less threatening to sharks
Sharks are less threatened by tall, vertical beings that are close to the bottom of the ocean.
better viewing
more comfortable

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Where is the best place to dive with sharks?
Southern California
South Africa
both answers
The best place to dive with sharks is Southern California, Australia or South Africa.

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What about insurance?
purchase a home owners insurance rider
included with car insurance
provided by diving company
The company you dive with, will most likely include all the necessary insurance in the price of the diving package, including life insurance.

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How many species of sharks are there?
100
375
Swimming in the ocean today are more than 375 shark species.
600

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How many shark species have attacked humans?
10
20
30
Thirty shark species have a history of attacking humans.

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How many of the shark species are considered dangerous to humans?
5
10
12
About a dozen of the shark species are considered dangerous.

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How many shark attacks happened in 2009?
15
25
61
There were 61 shark attacks in 2009, five of which were fatal.

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What should you do if a shark tries to attack you?
fight back
swim to the surface
both answers
Fight back with your pole or spear, aim for sensitive areas like the shark's eyes, nose or gills. Swim to the surface when the shark backs off, but keep an eye out for the shark's return.

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How can you tell a shark is getting a bit unsettled?
smooth swimming
jerky movements
If a shark starts to make jerky movements, you may be in danger.
neither answer

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Why should you leave your shiny jewelry at home?
get lost
get damaged
bring on a shark attack
If a shark sees the glitter, it may think it is a fish and attack.

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Why may a shark "hit and run" a human?
doesn't like the taste
Sharks do not like the taste of humans, and after the first bite, the shark may not want to eat anymore.
not hungry
neither answer

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