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    Same thing happened to me in AI. First thought was "WTF is the gnome doing this far out without his plank?"

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    yank, thats a good question, one time i saw a whale here and though wtf is that dude from new jersey flopping so far on the outside doing, then i saw it was a whale and was re-leaved.

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    haha classic. i love the face he/she is making. Ive been chased around by seals twice. once at 1st street last spring and once when i surfed out in washington state. funny things seals are

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    That's really cool, I always enjoy spotting some wildlife. I doubt this means there are any more GW sharks than normal though, and I doubt it means they are coming in close to shore anymore than they already do either. In case you guys weren't aware, they (GW's) are just about ANYWHERE in any ocean. One was caught about a mile offshore from Treasure Island FL in the Gulf not too long ago. Then there are those that are all up and down the East Coast, Mary Lee being one of them, spotted just offshore in JAX FL. They don't require really deep water all the time, don't fool yourselves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DawnPatrolSUP View Post
    That's really cool, I always enjoy spotting some wildlife. I doubt this means there are any more GW sharks than normal though, and I doubt it means they are coming in close to shore anymore than they already do either. In case you guys weren't aware, they (GW's) are just about ANYWHERE in any ocean. One was caught about a mile offshore from Treasure Island FL in the Gulf not too long ago. Then there are those that are all up and down the East Coast, Mary Lee being one of them, spotted just offshore in JAX FL. They don't require really deep water all the time, don't fool yourselves.
    I'm only speaking for the SC area here but it's no question that GWs are out there and even coming rather close to the beaches and in-shore in some cases (errant pings???). The word on the street is they're following right whales that are giving birth or that are very young. In other words, things that probably won't get confused with a guy bobbing on a board. If the seal population explosion makes it's way down south it's only logical that the big boys will follow and that the GW population will increase with the seal population.

    There is still an incredibly small chance of having a toothy encounter with any shark.

    Chavez, got any good seal recipes?

  6. I rescued a grey seal pup once. Washed ashore near camp cronin, point judith. Called the little guy in to Mystic Aquarium, they picked him up after 24 hrs of observing, and after about 6 months I was invited to release him.

    Pretty cool to them close up on the beach, even cooler when they aren't dying, but you gotta watch they can be aggressive. Pretty far south this year, I've only seen 3 up here this year.

  7. Quote Originally Posted by ClemsonSurf View Post
    I'm only speaking for the SC area here but it's no question that GWs are out there and even coming rather close to the beaches and in-shore in some cases (errant pings???). The word on the street is they're following right whales that are giving birth or that are very young. In other words, things that probably won't get confused with a guy bobbing on a board. If the seal population explosion makes it's way down south it's only logical that the big boys will follow and that the GW population will increase with the seal population.

    There is still an incredibly small chance of having a toothy encounter with any shark.

    Chavez, got any good seal recipes?
    I have always disagreed with science on increase of shark population based on seals moving into different areas. I wouldn't be surprised if only 10% of all great whites were tagged and tracked, and the ones being tagged are the ones that are easy to tag, the ones that fit into the scientific theory that they follow certain food sources.

    While GW's may follow food, I wouldn't be surprised if alot of them stick to certain areas eating whats on the table. Fish are too interesting to make assumptions like this.

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    Well done Mr. Wasteland, good for you for saving that pup. That's cool they invited you to the release.

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    [QUOTE=surfingwasteland;221513]I rescued a grey seal pup once. Washed ashore near camp cronin, point judith. Called the little guy in to Mystic Aquarium, they picked him up after 24 hrs of observing, and after about 6 months I was invited to release him.

    This is so cool. Our modern society does not give enough respect to the world around us.

    Be honest now; did you shed a tear for the little fella? No shame in that. I cried a little just reading about what you did. Thanks for sharing this wonderful experience.

    I sometimes find myself caring more about the welfare of the animals whose habitats we destroy than for my fellow man. Nature is pure...mankind is flawed.

    Slide on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by surfingwasteland View Post
    I have always disagreed with science on increase of shark population based on seals moving into different areas. I wouldn't be surprised if only 10% of all great whites were tagged and tracked, and the ones being tagged are the ones that are easy to tag, the ones that fit into the scientific theory that they follow certain food sources.

    While GW's may follow food, I wouldn't be surprised if alot of them stick to certain areas eating whats on the table. Fish are too interesting to make assumptions like this.
    I agree with you that we'll never know the full scope of what's happening underwater. And that's cool if you disagree with the migratory tendencies that are exemplified by tons of species in land, water and air.

    Do you really disagree with a abundant food source positively affecting the population? Wild animals have two things on their mind: Feeding and Fvcking. That's pretty much it.

    I give you this example. These are two Puerto Rican cats from Rincon. When we arrived at the Rincon Inn, they were fighting day and night. We fed them our scraps from breakfast and they ate a hearty dinner of the finest C grade Puerto Rican meats I couldn't ingest. Their attitudes changed immediately and, well, the rest is history as you can see.

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