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  1. #21
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    I'll admit it: looking at the shark tracking website is a bit unsettling. Fascinating, tho.

    Of course, these things have been cruising around underneath us for as long as there have been surfers walking into the Atlantic. But still...I never really thought about them like I do now. In 25' of water. Argh.

    It won't stop me from surfing, of course. But honestly there's times when I pull up my hands & feet instead of sitting, when I'm in the ocean by myself. Probably useless but what do they say.....honor the feeling, trust your gut.

    How many more of these critters are they gonna tag?

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    It's always the solo sessions that feel creepy.

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    I agree solo sessions and especially when it gets a fishey smell with bait, fish oil and unidentified swirls in the water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seldom seen View Post
    It's always the solo sessions that feel creepy.
    totally....

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    is there any validity to the solo creeps from a scientific experience? is a crowd of surfers more likely to attract an attack or a solo surfer?

    are they more likely to eat spongers or small short boarders?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wombat View Post
    is there any validity to the solo creeps from a scientific experience?
    I'd say there is validity to the solo creeps.

    If you're out in a lineup of 30 surfers spread out over a long stretch of beach, someone else is likely to spot it first, giving you time to take evasive action.

    If there are 30 other "dinners" in the lineup, that means the odds of you getting eaten are reduced.

    I'd say solo creep is a rational response.

    Other animals also get the solo creeps, thats why many of them travel/fly in packs/flocks. Being alone makes you a target.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mitchell View Post
    I'd say there is validity to the solo creeps.

    If you're out in a lineup of 30 surfers spread out over a long stretch of beach, someone else is likely to spot it first, giving you time to take evasive action.

    If there are 30 other "dinners" in the lineup, that means the odds of you getting eaten are reduced.

    I'd say solo creep is a rational response.

    Other animals also get the solo creeps, thats why many of them travel/fly in packs/flocks. Being alone makes you a target.
    Great point

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scbe View Post
    I agree solo sessions and especially when it gets a fishey smell with bait, fish oil and unidentified swirls in the water.
    I've had that experience too: the fishy-smelling, oily spots with bait fish or larger jumping out of the water around me. Often I'll see dolphins at the same time, apparently feeding.

  9. #29
    when the waters clearish I spot bulls and other toothy bastards grabing waves damn near every surf even shared a few waves with them. Back in november just north of pawleys I was out soloing in dark muddy waters after just catching a wave i popped out and started to paddle back out when about 30 feet away I noticed a grey dorsal fin the size of my torso moving away from me in about chest to neck deep water. As if it had followed me toward shore to see what was up. safe to say I called it a day from there.
    we are on there stomping ground they just wanna ride some waves too.

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    Two headed Bullshark? What's next, "frickin laser beams?"
    http://news.yahoo.com/2-headed-shark...174049627.html