Shark Encounters

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  1. Zeroevol

    Zeroevol Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2009
  2. Zeroevol

    Zeroevol Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2009
    Years ago I was in the Bahamas and did a shark dive (snorkel) trip with Stuart's Diver Cove. First place they take you is off this little island in 20 feet of water. They toss out some dog food and you are immediately surround by 500 yellow tail snapper. Swim around and look at crap, swim to bottom, yadda yadda. Next place is a sunken Coast Guard ship in 55 feet of water. One of the young bohemian kids running the boat dives off and swims to the bottom. Pretty friggin impressive. The next place is about 2 to 3 miles out on this shelf about 45 feet deep. we get in and they tell us to hang on to this rope, safety in numbers (I guess) and the current was pretty strong. The group goes to the rope and I stay out with one of the Bohemian kids. They lower this crate of cut up fish to the bottom and slowly keep raising it to bring these black tip reef sharks closer and closer. Some were coming so close I had to use my fin to push them away. Me and the kid would swim down a ways with my camera to get pics of the sharks coming straight at me. Finally they tell me go to the rope because we had a sheet ton of sharks around us now. These sharks were all around us, I had to keep putting my fins up to keep them from coming any closer. Then after about 10 minutes of that we all got back in the boat. They tossed the rest of the fish in to the sharks and it looked like something from National Geographic. VERY cool experience but I don't know if I would do it again. Sharks ranged in length from 2-3 feet up to about 6-7 feet.

    https://stuartcove.com/snorkeling/snorkel-trips/
     

  3. Zeroevol

    Zeroevol Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2009
    Didn't quite look like it was 180 lbs to me.... And how did they come up with those figures?
     
  4. La_Piedra

    La_Piedra Well-Known Member

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    Oct 9, 2017
    Sure seems like more and more whites are coming closer and closer to our coastlines every year.

    Is it climate change? Is it because their food sources are becoming more scarce, so we're finding them in our backyards like hungry cougars and bears? Or is it because we're in the information age, and this has actually been going on under our noses forever?
     
  5. La_Piedra

    La_Piedra Well-Known Member

    471
    Oct 9, 2017
    Probably because that 11 year old that caught him weighs 185 pounds.
     
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  6. World B Free

    World B Free Well-Known Member

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    Feb 7, 2013
    Speaking of chumming the water with dog food…

    As a kid my family was stationed in Samoa for a number of years. When I was about 7 we were living on one of the smaller islands in the chain. I was the “Palangi” (aka Whitey) in our precocious group of guttersnipes. Naturally, we used to run wild from one end of the island to the other.

    The village we lived in at the time was built in a protected bay. On one side was a large land mass that projected outwards. The other side was an “arm” a couple hundred yards long and about 50 yards wide that was formed when lava flow spread into the sea and created a long outcropping of stone. If you walked to the end of it you were out past the reef. At that point the island just shelved off into the depths. As you can imagine, this made for an excellent fishing spot.

    One day while we were out there, a hubbub arose behind us. A column of the men from the village were coming out toward us carrying an animal in a net strung between two poles. It was howling and snarling and snapping at the air.

    Turns out these villagers had trapped a rabid dog and were bringing it to his demise. When they got to the end of the promontory, they slashed at the dog’s sides with their parangs. As the blood began to pour, they pitched the poor animal into the sea. Almost immediately there were a set of fins streaking towards the struggling animal. Instinctively we all backed away from the water’s edge. I vividly remember shivering in the tropical heat as the sharks made short work of the dog.

    Within a minute the savage attack was over and the roiling waters settled back to normal. To say that I was pretty shocked by what we had just witnessed is an understatement. I remember running home in tears and hiding under my bed! It was a while before I went back out there.

    Nevertheless, it was an important early lesson in understanding that Mother Nature is a cruel mistress. Be safe my friends.
     
  7. NNYNJ

    NNYNJ Active Member

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    Dec 22, 2017
    Standard fishing rules apply... Get a look at it, guesstimate the size, multiply by 4 and tell everyone.
     
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  8. soulrider

    soulrider Well-Known Member

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    Jul 19, 2010
    man I've had so many shark encounters..... one time I was surfing singer island and a juvenile bull maybe 4-5 feet came at me when i was paddling into a wave. I could hear it thrashing on the surface when i was about to stand up and turned to see an open mouth 2 feet from me. I stood up and it missed me so i took the wave all the wave into the beach. some guys on the beach saw the whole thing. I walked down to the south reef and started surfing again...

    I had a big boy 6+ ft com rub up against my leg with dorsal fin out on the south side of Rodanthe pier.

    Surfing just south of blowing rocks on jupiter island with the Aristotle crew during the mullet run a pod of 10 or so bull sharks came through following the mullet. all of us got out of the water and watched for about 45 minutes waiting for them to keep moving. it was thrash city and you could see dark patches of bleeding fish.

    I used to always surf the south end of ocean reef park on SI after work. in early feb the spinner sharks come through so thick its crazy. sometimes we would count 50+ jumps in a single sunset session.

    in northern mass at a certain break a juvenile pilot whale washed up on shore with BIG chunks missing. couple seals on the beach.

    been spooked really hard at a few breaks along Big Sur by some big things swimming by. could've just been whales or seals though...
     
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  9. sisurfdogg

    sisurfdogg Well-Known Member

    Jun 17, 2013
    We get alot of sharks on Singer Island and a few bites, only a rare attack. But that's why I'm not a DP guy, too spooky here.

    I'm not going to call any one out, we are all guilty of seeking cheep thrills. But I will emphatically state feeding wild animals and sharks and alligators and your hungry imbred cousins is wrong wrong wrong.

    If you want to dive and see sharks, there are plenty out there to be seen in their natural state. No need to get them all acclimated to humans and boats.

    Many spots in the Bahamas ( and it's Bahamians,not Bohemians - they are beatnicks, hate the sun, do hard drugs, listen to lamo music and can't surf, but I digress), you pull up on your boat, and the sharks hear the engine and wait, you can't land a fish.

    If you dive a reef that was recently baited, you are fucked by aggressive hungry sharks that want your lunch money. And they have range, so when they roam, travel, or migrate, you may be at risk for an aggressive attack by a shark that has been acclimated and desensitized to humans.

    So feed me, not the sharks. I like fresh sushi grade tuna and eel, but keep the frozen squid balls for your next party. Peace and waves my bros.