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    Too Much Sealife?

    Has anyone else notice more wildlife in the water recently? I've noticed and in the forums, there seems to be a lot of sightings whether it be skates, sharks, whales, dolphins, etc. I was out the other weekend and seemed to be followed by two different skates.

    I just just wondering if there might be a link to the oil spill in the gulf? Like if the animals try to move away from the spill and get caught in the gulf stream? Just wondering.

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    Funny you should mention skates. I was out at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse this morning and I saw a skate about 4 feet wide leap several feet out of the water like it was flying. I have never seen anything like that before anywhere.

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    my guess is because of the abnormally warm water temperatures.

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    all of the sealife are migrating from the gulf due to the oil and they hear there is no oil on the east coast. but think about it shark sightings=not alot of kooks in the water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wbsurfer View Post
    all of the sealife are migrating from the gulf due to the oil and they hear there is no oil on the east coast. but think about it shark sightings=not alot of kooks in the water.
    Your logic lacks logic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HollowDaze View Post
    Funny you should mention skates. I was out at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse this morning and I saw a skate about 4 feet wide leap several feet out of the water like it was flying. I have never seen anything like that before anywhere.
    I was out yesterday relatively close to the lighthouse and also saw a skate jump out of the water. That was a first for me too.

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    I was surfing south jersey for the past few days and have seen so many fins both dolphin and sharks. Freaked me out at first but, unfortunately its nature nothing we can do. The increase in sharks i hears, i could be wrong, is from the seal population going up? is this true?

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    Not sure if any of this is linked to the gulf, but there has been increased sea life and activity on both coasts in the US. All of southern california has been under "Great White Shark RED ALERT". There have been tons of sighting around the channel island. A surf phogo snapped a photo of a 12 foot Great White breaching in L.A. county last week. Youtube has footage of a guy in Santa Barbara helping a 3-4 foot baby white shark back into the water after it accidentally beached itself..... NO ONE TOLD ANY OF US ABOUT THIS. I just read the article a fwe days ago. Meanwhile, my friends have been swimming the 1/4 mile at LJ cove every morning, telling me how they got bumped around the other day. I told them, "Its seal country right there, it was just the seals"... who knows....

    A guy in Pismo last week got bit in the foot by a small White Shark, in about 4 feet of water....

    I am used to surfing with hundreds or seals, year round.... Luckily, I have not personally encountered any big boys as of late. My last shark encounter was a few years ago, and it was in November.

    I don't ever remember SoCal having a "Great White Shark Alert"

    So, not sure whats going on, maybe "Climate Change" has been increasing food supplies, thus increasing the surrounding Sea Life....

    But out west, we have not seen sunshine in two months on the coast, and there is nothing warm about it.... at least there has been some swell.

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    Cool in the making

    Hit the freak-out button...chicken little & all that...things are cyclical.

    Relax, eh?

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    there were tons of seals around this winter, ive been surfing in the winter for about 10 years now and never saw any until this past winter. a little unsettleing considering where there ar seals there are usually...you know....those big fish with sharp teeth. i dont understand why you name this thread "too much sealife". thats the most absurd thing ive ever read on this forum(thats a bold statement too) as someone who enjoys being in the ocean you should embrace the sealife and enjoy their company, even sharks. there hasnt been a shark attack in NJ in like 100 years and think of how many 100's of millions of swimmers there have been in that time. for how we devasted their population, they deserve a few of us anyway. too much sealife, thats embarrasing