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  1. #11
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    I agree there are many sharks of late due to the warm water. I would suggest that everyone stay out of the water until like December.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eastbreak View Post
    I agree there are many sharks of late due to the warm water. I would suggest that everyone stay out of the water until like December.
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    Theres a bunch of great whites off of cape cod. there was a special on shark week called jaws comes home about the great white sharks returning to cape cod and how they travel up and down the east coast

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    well, since it is shark week, I think we should all point out that there are MANY more bullsharks all over the east coast. The Bull Shark made the #1 most feared shark by the scientists because they will attack anything, they can live in freshwater for up to 4 years and they are the most active coastal dweller from Florida to Maine.

    In addition, the story that "JAWS" was based on, and we all know really took place in a new Jersey river off the coast, rather than cape cod. Scientists rules out the possibility of the NJ shark attacks being from a white shark... White sharks can not breathe at all in brackish water like that. All of the scientists on the shark features agree that a Bull Shark was in fact the predetor in New Jersey that ripped apart two children and a grown man.

    So anyway, while we should be aware that there are white sharks, usually in the colder areas, well off shore on the east coast, we should all re-call the past 10-15 years of fatal attacks on our coasts...

    Sandbridge, may about 10 years ago... the young boy was mauled and killed by a bull shark... The couple in Duck or Corolla, the russian couple that got mauled, and the guy died... that was a bull shark too....

    So, while the bull sharks don't get larger than 10 feet, they will attack your legs, your limbs and whatever else they can grab.... and they can potentially be all over the chesapeake bay and places people are less suspecting of sharks....


    So, i guess my point is, don't fear whitey! I would be more concerned with Bulls, and a close second being the tiger shark... mostly sand tiger sharks, but the big boys are out there too.

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    i saw on shark week that the russians were attacked by a tiger. But i did just google it and seems "experts" are divided.

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    Quote Originally Posted by urban240 View Post
    i saw on shark week that the russians were attacked by a tiger. But i did just google it and seems "experts" are divided.
    yeah, the show i watched about that one was indicating a bull shark based on the injuries. The shark attacked the guy multiple times and was pulling and dragging him, and it then attacked the woman, removing a limb or 2. So they were saying that bull sharks are more likely to work that hard fighting and pulling on a victim. Big tigers are usually one shot, maybe 2 and they are done. You dont typically here of tigers wrestling their food in the shallows for almost a full minute. those "sand tiger" sharks are a tad smaller and look different than the tigers in HI etc, but I am sure they are pretty aggressive too.

    http://www.wtkr.com/news/wtkr-shark-...,5256473.story

    There is a link to the local media coverage of the inital attacks back in 2001. They are elluding to the fact that it was the same bull shark that not only killed the kid in VB, but also the couple in OBX. Same weekend. Same wounds. Thought to be bulls.
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    Don't surf!! If you do, fluffy will eat you!!

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    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?

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    the russian folks in obx were attacked by a bull and sand tigers are not very aggro compared to tigers they just look scary. still wouldnt wanna tangle with one tho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eber View Post
    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?
    I found one in Nags Head last spring. Apparently they hang out on the beach only when injured. This guy had some sort of open wound on his side. I don't know if it was a bite or something else, but it was pretty nasty looking.

    As for the sharks hell yeah, they're definitely around. While stationed in Charleston, SC I was stuck working super long hours, about 6 am to 8 pm. When we did get swell, I would just go for it and surf at 10pm or even later as long as moonlight permitted. I was talking with a fishing buddy about it one day, and he told me to meet him at Folly Pier one night to check something out. We looked in the water illuminated by the pier lights and...sharks everywhere! I suppose there were probably a lot more near the fishing folk, but this convinced me beyond a shadow of a doubt that we've all been around plenty of sharks. I split my head open in Monterey Bay back in '05, not long before a Whitey attack there. I watched a big Tiger cruise by while surfing Jocko's in Hawaii. I saw loads of little guys in Costa Rica...my point is, they are EVERYWHERE. It's less of a reason to worry as a reason to NOT worry. If you obey the normal precautions, I think the likelihood of an attack is so low as to hardly worry. I've blatantly disobeyed most of the normal "rules" many times and still have not been bitten. I think it's an odds game more than anything else. You might get hit by a drunk driver, but we all still burn the gas and drive around like maniacs. Somehow the car wreck doesn't sound so gruesome (even though it typically is).