Introduction: Shark-based ecotourism is significantly developping around the world, often without appropriate management of risk. This activity involves a risk of accidental bites on divers that can be quite severe or even fatal.
Objectives: To determine if ecotourism companies’ liability can be engaged in the context of bites on scuba divers in presence of hand-feeding practices, supporting the ... [Show full abstract] legitimacy of financial compensation for the victims.
Methods: We analyzed the development from the mid-eighties to 2010 of shark-based ecotourism through artificial provisioning practices in Moorea island (French Polynesia) and more specifically the features and motivation of two bites on divers by Sicklefin Lemon sharks.
Results: The specific practice of hand-feeding can be considered as a facilitating factor for accidental bites on divers, potentially involving the diving operator’s responsability.
Conclusions: Our findings should support the technical work of experts that might be called in such cases.