In eleven years of offshore
sailing, I think I have seen a shark only one time offshore
. I suspect the reason is because we don't do things that attract sharks. If we had been spear fishing
, then I'm sure we would have seen sharks when inshore, but offshore, sharks were really rare for us. Whales were much more common.
I don't think that floating in a liferaft is going to attract lots of sharks unless you are doing things that get their attention. Fishing
could attract them particularly if you don't land the fish
quickly. Keeping the water free from blood and injured fish
would be an excellent idea.
Survival stories often recount episodes of sharks bumping into life rafts in a purposeful manner to figure out what it is, and whether it is worth eating. Unless they are in a feeding frenzy that you create with blood or injured fish in the water, it is probably unlikely that they are going to take a bite out of the raft. Of course, since I am not a shark, I could be totally wrong on this.