Jaws or Abyss?
Jaws or Abyss?

Teeth of the sea or Abyss?

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When I cause diving to non-divers, two questions, always the same, arise. Girls : "Are not you scared of sharks? " The boys : "Are you going deep? " Syndrome Sea teeth in these ladies, fantasy Abyss in gentlemen!

Two films, two fantasies, two fears of the unknown?

I am not a psychiatrist But I have my sexist theory with two bullets, on the perception of diving by men and women.

Warning : be careful, huh! Nothing serious in all this, all that follows is to take with irony and the nth degree! ! ! ????

Teeth of the sea and Abyss. Two films, two fantasies, two fears of the unknown?
Teeth of the sea and Abyss. Two films, two fantasies, two fears of the unknown?

The girls always ask me: "Are not you scared of sharks? " Feminine side, it looks like it's the fear of the big beast full of teeth that dominates. Underwater variant of the big bad wolf's fear?

The boys always ask me: "Are you going deep? " Male side, so it looks more like an anxiety performance. Variation of the contest of the one who pee the furthest?


In short, scuba diving inspires fears and fantasies, that symbolize well these two films: The Teeth of the Sea (Jaws) from Steven Spielberg for fear of sharks and Abyss from James Cameron for the intoxication of the depths.

Dedramatize and demythify ...

Many people do not know that clownfish attacks (without consequence) and triggerfish (sometimes painful) are more frequent than those sharks. And that we do not even need to feel the intoxication of the depths to cross harmless gray sharks, white tip or black tip, Whale sharks, Wobbegongs or zebra sharks ...

→ See all my articles with sharks in (with or without teeth)

White tip sharks in Sipadan.
White-tip sharks in Sipadan (Borneo, Malaysia).
A zebra shark and his faithful remora, awakened by the light of the flash. Koh Phi Phi, Thailand.
A zebra shark and his faithful remora, awakened by the light of the flash. (Koh Phi Phi, Thailand)
Reef shark and jacks. (Sipadan, Borneo, Malaysia, July 2013)
Reef shark and jacks. (Sipadan, Borneo, Malaysia, July 2013)
Long-legged shark, Red Sea, Egypt, October 2016.
Long-legged shark. (Red Sea, Egypt, October 2016)
Enoooorme !!! (Balicasag, Panglao, Bohol, Philippines, May 2018)
Enoooorme, the whale shark! ! ! (Balicasag, Panglao, Bohol, Philippines, May 2018)

Well, these questions, from non-divers, I can still understand ... They do not know the underwater world.

But where it becomes comical, it is that these differences between male and female reactions are also observed among the divers and divers aboard on the same boat ...

Would they have looked too much The big Blue ?

Some gentlemen, when they come back on board, after a dive, absolutely need to know how deep the others have come down. Ordis dive on the wrist, they go there their virile comparisons, measuring the meters as they had to measure the centimeters in the playground.

Ri-di-cu-them! ????

Some have watched too much The big Blue Luc Besson, too, no doubt ...

The little game of comparison becomes very funny, when we go to the "contest" of those who consume the least air. There, girls are often the big winners!

We can not do anything about it, it's like that, a question of size, of morphology. Women are generally more air-efficient than men. Real champions. Everyone leaves with about 200 bars in their bottle.

But when mister goes up with 50 bar or less, madam often has 80 even 100 bars in stock! ????

End of dive. Koh Lanta, Thailand.

The macho does not stay long under water

So, I laugh in advance when I see landed some couples on a boat ... Of those who do not have much experience in diving, with a guy who plays macho and know-it in front of his girlfriend and the rest of the team.


She will listen attentively to the briefing and follow the advice of the guide. Dare to ask questions and take care not to touch anything under water (and then she saw JawsWell, she knows that the beasts that populate the seabed are full of teeth and sharp pointy things).

In general, she will have a long, pleasant dive. She will see lots of cool stuff, because she will always keep an eye on the guide who is there to show it to her (as long as the guide does her job well, but that's another debate). She will go back enchanted. With a little luck, she will even have seen a shark. And will not be afraid of it anymore.


Shark and divers in Sipadan. (Borneo, Malaysia, July 2013)
Shark and divers in Sipadan. (Borneo, Malaysia, July 2013)

His companion often does not need anyone's advice. At best, he will ask questions about the depth. Explaining that he can go well beyond the maximum 25 or 30 meters announced at the briefing. This is how it is: some males do not see the point of doing "recreational" or "recreational" diving without decompression. And even more difficult to understand that in some exotic corners, where the water is hot and full of fish, there is not always the help or a decompression chamber nearby ...

As a result, this kind of guy will empty his bottle of air at full speed, wanting to go down too much, too palmer. It is easy to spot, under water: it is the one who waved his arms and legs like a madman, stirring the bottom, making the fish flee ...

In addition, it is also the kind to get upset if he has to go back on the boat before the others, with one of the guides, simply because he has sucked all his air.

Are you going deep? You are not afraid of sharks?

Yes, all this is very caricatural, I agree ... But as are certain behaviors (whether diving, driving, or in everyday life).

Fortunately, I also met lots of couples who dived in good intelligence, forming admirable pairs under the water!

Diving in Alor. (Indonesia, July 2012)
Diving in Alor. (Indonesia, July 2012)

Still. Whenever I start a conversation about my dives with someone who knows nothing about it, I know in advance the question that will be asked to me, depending on whether my interlocutor is a man or a woman: "And you go deep? " or : "Are not you scared of sharks? "

In short, impossible to escape the clichés that haunt the feminine and masculine imaginary when it comes to diving. It is Jaws or Abyss  !

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