July 14 - Shark Awareness Day

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by MDent77, Jul 14, 2019.

  1. Shuster

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    What is a sharks favorite bible story
    Noah's SHARK
     
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    My wife loves sharks. NatGeo starts SharkFest tonight, I think. Discovery starts Shark Week next weekend. I lose control of the remote for these two weeks.

    I buy my wife a shark related garment each year to wear during her TV watching. She has many shirts. This year I bought her shark bikini underwear. Supposed to arrive today, but got delayed until tomorrow or Tuesday. I'll report back later this week if there is any interest in how things worked out.

    I scored big points in March - took her to Newport Aquarium in Newport KY. She loved it!! Lotsa sharks there, including a Shark Walk over a tank full of sharks.
     
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    One thing gets me about Great Whites, and it's prominent in the OP pic: the "smile". When seen from the direct front, it looks like they are smiling...just before they try to eat you.
     
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    But i support Shark Week. They are very important in ocean ecology, too bad they also (very rarely) kill people.
     
  5. MickM

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    Not a fan/no interest. I'm already gagging at the shark week commercials. Same thing every year: Hey kids, watch as the big shark squeezes half his body through the pot metal bars on the cage that a marine biologist welded together on his back patio. Yes I know! and I will take full advantage of the hundreds of other available channels!
     
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    Who's a shark's favorite musician?
     
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    I fish coastal NW FL for a couple months each spring, mostly wet wading the bay side of a 22 mile long barrier island. There are quite a few sharks and I saw enough of them close up to quit leaving fish on a stringer from my belt. It might have been the 8’ bull shark that chased six slot reds past me under my rod that gave me pause. I now drag the smaller “eaters” to shore or throw them in a scallop bag on my belt. They at least can’t swim around my legs attracting attention that way.

    Only one shark really spooked me. I was about waist deep, reeling in a small mackerel and talking to my friend Marty when I looked back toward the bay and saw a 10’ bull coming straight at me, just past my rod tip. He was surely coming for the mackerel that was right there but I didn’t stop to ask and furiously backpedaled to shore, leaving one sandal in the water. I noticed Marty was already on the beach and saying “I tried to warn you!” but he must have whimpered it because I didn’t hear him. He said it was the biggest bull he’d ever seen and guessed it at least my 10’ estimate. I could actually see it’s eyes as it approached. Like this but far more ominous and close. 413113A9-DD93-4014-BDE7-F1B97546D56B.jpeg

    We don’t fish for ‘em but might get a couple like this little blacktip while fishing for other stuff. Marty holding it because the kids were hesitant. 1E211241-E340-46EF-B437-33FFC7673B90.jpeg

    And plenty of guys fish for them and carefully tag & release ‘em, like this small Tiger. They are cool fish if yer not dinner, and that very rarely happens. 54DC4F08-0C52-4322-868A-1F200B11B5B7.jpeg
     
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  8. VWAmTele

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    More people in the water and more sharks being allowed to populate - not a good mix. Sharks will never disappear - I'd prefer they were not protected. People over animals.
     
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    Just two days ago , my girlfriend and I went swimming several times at a Cape Cod beach (Head of the Meadow beach) without any issues. Saw plenty of seals, but nothing scary. Lots of people in the water. Yesterday at the same beach they had to get everyone out of the water on 3 occasions because of a Great White lurking around. You just never know when they're going to show up.
    Also wanted to add: the lifeguards there are seriously the real deal. This beach is part of the National Park system, so they aren't your average high school kid lifeguards that you see at the local pool. These guys were out there patrolling on a longboard, right where the seals were swimming - and where the sharks attack. A couple of times, one of 'em swam the length of the beach. Crazy - I'd NEVER do that now. But they didn't seem worried. Wow.
     
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    A369624A-0072-453A-81A4-8FFAA299F1E3.jpeg Sharks are like stray dogs. They are looking to be fed but won’t bite you unless you are very stupid or extraordinarily unlucky. That’s me on the left, being stupid off Nassau.
     
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    I dive with sharks on a regular basis. In the 26 years I’ve lived on St Croix we’ve gone from the very rare sighting (maybe 1 every year or two) to several on each dive. The Lionfish invasion is the main factor.
    I’ve seen Black Tip, Grey Reef, Bull, Tiger, Hammerhead, Atlantic White Tip, & Nurse sharks. There was a Whale Shark sighting a week or so.
    As I told my SCUBA students the most dangerous creature you will encounter in the water is another human, besides I’ve only been fatally attacked twice. Most didn’t get the joke
     
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    Amazing.

    The Bull Shark is the one species I would most hate to encounter. From everything I have seen and read they appear to have the nastiest disposition of all sharks. It's worse they can navigate many rivers as well.
     
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    Bulls are known to be aggressive
    One theory is when they navigate waters that have a lower salinity (brackish) it messes with the electrical impulses they use to feed. Bulls have been sighted as far north in the Mississippi River as Vicksburg and beyond
     
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    I've lived around the ocean all my life, surfing, sailing, fishing, etc.

    I've seen all kinds of sharks from the shore, from planes or out in boats fishing... I know they're out there..

    Yet, in all my years of surfing all over the planet I've never seen a shark while in the water... seen all kinds of other swimming critters big and small while surfing, dolphins, whales, mantas, orcas, big fish like barracuda even fish nipping your fingers while paddling.... never any sharks though.... just lucky I guess?...
     
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  16. MDent77

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    It's possible they were there but not very interested in an encounter with YOU. (a good thing) :)

    In your home territory of Australia I'd fear the (box) jellyfish the most vs. other sea creatures!
     
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    OK, I’m scared!
    I hope none of them toothy so and so’s are swimming up the Colorado River.
     
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    You'd probably have to tape a large dorsal fin on a largemouth bass to have a possible sighting there. Heh
     
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    go sharks! go bears!
     
  20. soulman969

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    I dunno. For some reason we don't observe that one in Colorado. :p
     
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