Interesting discussion. One thing I often wonder is if they do cull the seal population on Cape Cod will that result in more attacks...since there would be the same number of hungry sharks expecting food, less resources(seals), thus causing the sharks to seek some variety? A seal got tagged and devoured the weekend of 9/13 off Coast Guard beach, about 40 yards away from the lineup with a bunch of guys out. Does that indicate that White attacks are more of mistaken identity?
Also, random, but Bull's amaze me, with the whole fresh water thing. I read once(can't cite) that one was found like 2,000 miles up the Amazon River.
I can see this thread going in the same direction the other one did, but I agree about culling. Things never go well when humans intervene (play god). It might take years, but the seals & sea lions will eventually move to get away from their predators, and the predators will follow them out. As long as they don't come up to MAINE everything will be cool. All we have to worry about right now are ornery lobstahs and people from Quebec, and I'd like to keep it that way.
I was watching a show the other night talking about a recent increase in white attacks in SoCal. Even though (like the east coast) there have been whites out there with us forever there have been very very few attacks. Their theory behind the recent increase in attacks in SoCal is that the presence of pinnipeds triggers the whites to go into hunting mode. So no seals around and the whites are just cruising...throw in a bunch of seals and they line up for the buffet and your chance for getting munched goes way up. Interesting theory at least, and does make sense IMHO...
Re: The mistaken identity attack theory...I personally think this is the case in most situations where whites hit a boarder. I've also read though that whites can be territorial at times and can attack for that reason, which would obviously not be a case of mistaken ID. One theory is when it's a bite and let go attack it's a mistaken ID, when they return it's a territorial attack. And of course they are still wild animals and apex predators so there may be other triggers that we just don't understand. Just ask Siegfried and Roy about their pet tiger...
Personally the bulls are what I fear the most. Aggressive, territorial, will go anywhere and easily cruise in just a few feet of water, and the damn things are everywhere. Last October I saw a 6ft spinner jump right where my launch point was, but I could clearly ID it so I went on out...If I had just seen the shape or a short fin...no freaking way. If I can't ID it I assume it's a bull.
Personally if someone put a gun to my head and told me I had to jump in a tank with a white, a tiger, or a bull, I'd choose the white every time.
Couldn't agree more! Bulls and tigers seem to be way more aggressive than whites. A few years back somewhere in the Tampa area a guy got mauled by a bull in the river just off his dock! DEAD!!!
Three weeks ago a friend of mine caught a 9' bull also in the river. I say river (that's the technical term... Halifax River) but its actually the back side of New Smyrna inside the inlet. There is huge sandbar back there in which every one parks their boats on the weekends and parties! The call it "disappearing islands". Everyone lounges around in the water drinking and playing. A few hundred yards from there is where he caught that bull shark!!!!
If I can get some picts from him I'll post them....
wavehog1 - if you go to the back side of harkers island (taylor's creek) where the marinas are they catch big bulls there all the time. Their practically trained to show up at night and feed on the scraps from the fishing boats. I bet ever freaking marina on the east coast has bulls crusing around everywhere.
I thinks its funny when people stay in between the shore and the first sandbar in 3ft of water because they're scared to go out past the breakers b/c of sharks. That channel is nothing but a critter highway and you've got a better chance of getting bit there than you do out the back.
Yep.... that's the one! Thanks for finding that DawnPatrol!
No problemo, they're definitely out there, wasn't long ago that a White was caught just off the coast of Treasure Island (where I normally go when the Gulf is working), definitely makes you wonder, but can't think about that crap out there, just gotta accept it as a possibility and let fate do it's thing