Bull Shark in a creek behind Myrtle Beach
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Thread: Shark Attack Forum
Jul 20, 2012, 03:40 PM #51
Jul 20, 2012, 04:06 PM #52
Sharks are everywhere. They have more longevity than almost any other animal on earth, and they will likely still be hear long after we're gone. In my opinion they are expert survivalists. Even with climate change and pollution that are far more severe than many other changes that have occurred throughout their history, many species are adapting nicely (see article http://www.news.com.au/technology/sc...-1226235304370). IN GENERAL sharks seem to be unconcerned with people. I have seen plenty of sharks while surfing South Carolina, Costa Rica, Panama, Hawaii and elsewhere. I nearly sh@t myself on the North Shore when a big 'ole tiger cruised by while surfing alone (yes, soul sessions do happen in Hawaii, albeit rarely). Anyhow, my point is that most of the time, they simply ignore us. Obviously, sometimes that doesn't happen, and in some places this seems to happen more often than others. I think the most important thing for us, above all else, is to try to figure out why attacks happen so that we can better avoid such circumstances in the first place. There is plenty of "common wisdom" about avoiding attacks from other predators. Here are a few examples that come to mind for me:
1. Cornered snakes are aggressive. Back away slowly.
2. Momma bear is protective. Stay away from the cubs.
3. Bull sharks respond to "panicky" electrical signals like erratic heart rates.
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Jul 31, 2012, 05:05 AM #58
Last week in Monmouth County I paddled toward what I thought was a dolphin about 15 feet from me and quickly realized it wasn't! I got about 8-10 feet from it when I saw the fin was wiggling back an forth NOT flowing up and down like dolphins do. I alerted two other people near me that the shark was heading straight towards, a guy and his girlfriend, damn, I think she sh!t her shorts! It swam right next to tham, like 5-6 feet away. I've never seen someone paddle in so quickly, damn if she paddled for waves like that she'd be rocking. Don't know what kind it was but it was about the same size of an adult dolphin fin. Good thing there were tons of little fishes swimming around for it to eat. And no she didn't come back out. Made an ankle bitter day a little more interesting.
Aug 1, 2012, 02:14 AM #59
First off, I hope everyone is enjoying their summer. As the season starts to wind down, it's time to take a moment and reflect on your summer slop sessions. Some of us were fortunate enough to surf with dolphins and other cool sea creatures alike. I'm sure we all enjoyed the warm water, as it was a nice gift after months of winter surfing. We are now making the transition to the next season of surfing - the water will start to cool down and some of us will take advantage of the larger swells. Regardless of the season, who is surfing around us, east, west, north, south - we need to be cautious when surfing. As the summer pros start to hibernate, there will be sessions when you're all alone. Know your limits. Be aware of your surroundings.
Que "Jaws" music.
Aug 1, 2012, 02:22 AM #60
Yeah Cape Cod area is fast becoming the South Africa of the east coast.