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  1. #31
    Quote Originally Posted by MNT View Post
    "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."

    What are the normal precautions/rules you speak of?
    1. Surfing at night, in-low light conditions, dawn or dusk.
    2. Surfing at a rivermouth
    3. Surfing with open wounds or cuts
    4. Surfing near seal and sea lion rookeries
    5. Surfing on a SUP. (You look like a floundering baby whale. Perfect fluffy bait!)
    6. Claiming waves by barking like a seal.
    7. Emulating a sea turtle in tropical waters.
    8. Needing a bigger boat.

  2. #32
    I just returned from a CR trip where we surfed a great secret offshore spot near the Nica border by boat. I had cut my foot open on the reef about a midway through the session, checked it, and then kept surfing for 2 hours. Only when I got back to the boat did I realize how bad I was bleeding.

    After reading your "don't surf with open cuts" precaution above, I realize how fairly dumb that was of me. I was just too drunk with stoke to really think straight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigMike View Post
    8. Needing a bigger boat.
    That one made me laugh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ragdolling View Post
    I just returned from a CR trip where we surfed a great secret offshore spot near the Nica border by boat. I had cut my foot open on the reef about a midway through the session, checked it, and then kept surfing for 2 hours. Only when I got back to the boat did I realize how bad I was bleeding.

    After reading your "don't surf with open cuts" precaution above, I realize how fairly dumb that was of me. I was just too drunk with stoke to really think straight.
    if you cut your foot open on a reef you should also be worried about the nasty infection you could get from the coral

  5. #35
    two days ago i was out and my friend on the shore actually saw a big...fish? that was at least 8-10 ft jump and eat a bird, and land belly up. He didn't see a fin, but what other kind of fish is long and has a white belly, and was ALOT bigger than a dolphin o.O

  6. #36
    I've been seeing the same thing in the past few years. I was at the tackle shop the other and these dopes were trying to by "fish blood" and "stuff to catch sharks with". They were claiming that they've been seeing people catching sharks off the beach and they wanted to do it too.

  7. #37
    Quote Originally Posted by andrewk529 View Post
    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.
    I've been seeing the same thing in the past few years. I was at the tackle shop the other and these dopes were trying to by "fish blood" and "stuff to catch sharks with". They were claiming that they've been seeing people catching sharks off the beach and they wanted to do it too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by live aloha View Post
    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).
    And this is why I've always quietly wondered why there aren't MORE shark attacks on humans, esp in the USA.

    I mean, we're talking hundreds of thousands of people in the waters of all three coastlines of the USA on any given summer weekend. Easy pickin's for a fast-moving, well-equipped killing predator that outweighs humans by better than 3-to-1 & which does one thing for a living & that's eat.

    Virginia has had 4 recorded shark attacks. Considering the numbers game it is incredible, really, that it's that low.

    I seriously hope that I just didn't call a chomp on myself with this post.

  9. #39
    crazy statistic, but more people die each year from spider bites than shark attacks. They are just not interested in eating us. Jaws scared the sh*t out of everyone back in the day and i think that movie single-handedly led to people's paranoia of sharks. Believe me, I know bulls and tigers don't give a sh*t what you are, they'll bite you...but I had a bull shark go right by me in CR, the fin was about 2 foot in front of my board...it could have easily ripped my leg off, but the point is: it didn't.

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    Enough with the non sense.......

    Sharks live in the Atlantic ocean. Year around. There are always whites along the Mass coast because of the seal population. There are tigers and bulls every summer. THEY LIVE HERE.
    Get a grip.............