One thing that I've noticed recently is the prevalence of "extreme shark fishing" near two very popular surf breaks within my state. It is rather concerning considering the amount of bait and chum which is used to attract the fish. The target species is the sand tiger shark which spawn in the Delaware Bay; but we all know other more aggressive species are probably not too far away.
Don't know if anyone heard this, but there was a gray seal that beached in LBI last weekend. I spotted him near a jetty later in the day during a session. I've been going to LBI my whole life and I've never seen one before. Anyone else spotted seals lately?
yeah there were like 4 i think. they were spotted a street over from me and the guards called everyone in because the injured one was going in towards the beach. i've also seen otters which are really awesome but i heard they can be vicious so i keep my distance
there is something primal w/in us, i think, that still fears being maimed & eaten by a large predator. remnant of our days roamed the african savannah, i suppose.
Good point! I went backpacking with the lady in New Hampshire two weeks back, and we screwed things up real bad the first day. Long story short, we ended up camping in some very sketchy country with lots of big animal evidence around. We didn't see any bears, but a pack of coyotes did show up around midnight and try to steal our food. They couldn't reach the bear bag, but sitting there in the tent with those things running around howling up a storm freaked me out. They hung out almost the entire night, and we didn't sleep a wink. Just imagining those things chewing on us was f'ng scerry, even though the possibility of that happening was pretty much nil.
Last edited by live aloha; Aug 10, 2011 at 05:11 AM.
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Would like to point out that I was surfing close to Nags Head this past weekend. I was sitting on my board waiting for a wave (dangling my legs as usual) when I kicked a large, solid leathery 'fish' with my foot (about 2-3' under the surface). When I looked down I saw the shadow of a large 'fish' take off. At least 5' long. Never saw a fin. There were tons of baitfish in the area and the water smelled heavily of fish. Could have been a Cobia but I have never seen Cobia come up to humans like that. I have seen many sharks in the water over the years, but I have never had a close encounter like this. Got out of the water for about 15 minutes, went back in and I swear if I didnt have one swirl right beside of me again. I just said F it, if I get hit and die at least Im doing what I love.