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Jul 15, 2014, 02:45 PM #1
Great White population surge
Jul 15, 2014, 05:01 PM #2Member
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good news for marine life along the coasts. but the science mentioned in the article isn't very convincing.
"Admittedly, such a collective census scheme does leave room for error. Add in the fact that there is no historical data on great white population levels, and it is difficult to say with certainty how the shark numbers are actually changing over time."
Jul 15, 2014, 05:05 PM #3Senior Member
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There are more people looking for them with better technology so it only makes sense that more will be found opposed to what has been spotted in the past. Who knows what was and is really going on?
Jul 15, 2014, 05:09 PM #4
Apparently, this has been common knowledge since the 70s, but Hatteras to Jacksonville is the birth grounds for pretty much EVERY shark species in the North Atlantic. They are tracking all kids of Tigers and Whites down here. Mary Lee just gave birth to her pup a stones throw from my house and is on her way back up to Cape Cod....
A buddy of mine, who was a Marine biology student back in the 90s told me that even then, they discussed how the SC coastlines, HHI up through Charleston was a hotbed for large sharks to breed. But they mentioned that they times that they come here, are generally to give birth and then make their way back up north, so they aren't typically in these waters with a large appetite. They come down for the tidal and coastal conditions and then make their way back up....
I hate to say this, but at a certain point, do we drop the restrictions on fishing these things? They said in the surfline article that for centuries, they were heavily fished and there was no big deal...
Read the comments in the surfline article. Real sh**. Unsettling too.
Jul 15, 2014, 05:19 PM #5Member
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Mr. Borg , The Apex Predator of the sea is none other than the Killer Whale , they snap up whiteys like snacks. This has been witnessed and to compare the 2 ? 3 tons to 20 tons ? The mammal is on a whole nother level. And whites do congregate Farallons , Anacapa Is. , The Is 250 miles off central Baja etc.. Many think whiteys the boss , not so Shamu and his posse call the shots , One ate a whitey near Faralons for 2 yrs , Whitey avoided the area.
Jul 15, 2014, 05:15 PM #6Senior Member
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paging shark hunter
please pick up the white courtesy phone
Whats going on with the great whites is unnatural. between the seals not being hunted and the great whites not being hunted, both species are experiencing population growth which is a mistake on all accounts.
Now no one is saying to hunt both off the planet... but its only a matter of time before you or someone you know gets attacked.
Jul 15, 2014, 05:52 PM #8
I did like the surfline comments. Something to the effect of: I love how 10s of thousands of these "activists" and environmentalist, who spend ZERO time in the ocean are the ones calling the shots and regulating all this stuff. That seems like me being able to vote in Maryland's elections even though I am an SC resident.
If you don't have a dog in the fight, you shouldn't really have a voice either.
There are reportedly 2,500 whiteys swimming off the CA coast.... as apposed to 500 or so in the 80s.
Jul 15, 2014, 05:53 PM #9
The Socal population is definitely booming. I've talked to people who claim the ban on gill netting in the early 90's has played a huge role. Those nets killed a ton of younger sharks.
Jul 15, 2014, 05:50 PM #10
Like I said, my buddy got bit on his foot two weeks ago while we were wading through chest deep water with a cooler filled with bloody fish... Pretty shocking =) Still haven't called the Shark Attack files to report it.
On a side note, someone got struck by lightening last week in New Mexico.
But Mary Lee was pinged right at our shark fishing hole. Maybe one of these weekends, I will accidentally snag her. Then I can try and fight her up the beach into a pack of swimmer. I will make sure to put it on youtube.