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I've been going to the outerbanks most of my life and have owned houses down there for the last several years. I'm sure climate change has altered things some but during my time down there there have always been a lot of sharks. Given the number of sharks, especially off Hatteras and Ocracroke, and the number of folks in the water, there are almost no shark attacks to speak of.

If you ever get the chance to do a small plane tour off the coast it will be a real eye opener when you see all the sharks off those 2 islands. It's unreal how many there are just between the islands where the ocean hits the sound.
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I've been going to the outerbanks most of my life and have owned houses down there for the last several years. I'm sure climate change has altered things some but during my time down there there have always been a lot of sharks. Given the number of sharks, especially off Hatteras and Ocracroke, and the number of folks in the water, there are almost no shark attacks to speak of.

If you ever get the chance to do a small plane tour off the coast it will be a real eye opener when you see all the sharks off those 2 islands. It's unreal how many there are just between the islands where the ocean hits the sound.


 I've been in FL when there are sharks migrating off the coast there -- very cool to see.  What's interesting is that FL is the hotbed for bites but still is very safe statistically if you don't go looking for trouble.  Apparently Volusia County is in the lead for bites within the state, but then as a whole Volusia County and trouble seem to go together. 

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Speaking of great whites in California waters, a bump for...

 

   The Devil's Teeth

 
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Read this while logging some highway time just now, that was one of the most gripping reads in a long time. 

 

Also from the same author...

 

 

Another fascinating read!

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Now I know where they got the idea for the creature in Alien...

 

 

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More SoCal babies.  Leaving to one side what happens if momma starts hanging around, the implication of the babies hanging around is that the fish stocks are pretty good up and down the SoCal coast.  That threatens my self-image with a flyrod (some outings might not be able to be written off as "no fish there") but overall is good news. 


Edited by CTKook - 7/27/15 at 3:37pm
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Wow, that one guy in particular is pretty nonchalant about the whole encounter. I dunno, "baby" or not, at some point they're gonna go for their first bite. I'd feel pretty uncomfortable with a 7 footer cruising under my board!

 

In the news...

 

Fish are out there waiting for you

 

   And that's not all...

 

Great white shark stops swim from Golden Gate Bridge to Farallon Islands

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Wow, that one guy in particular is pretty nonchalant about the whole encounter. I dunno, "baby" or not, at some point they're gonna go for their first bite. I'd feel pretty uncomfortable with a 7 footer cruising under my board!

In the news...

Fish are out there waiting for you

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Great to see the good fishing there! icon14.gif
Edited by CTKook - 8/2/15 at 6:06am
post #38 of 57

Did it not look like Robert Shaw(Quint character) was A-Framing a little...y/n?   Anyways....any shark happennings are certainly not conducive to fun with a #5wt.

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Originally Posted by jc-ski View Post
 

Speaking of great whites in California waters, a bump for...

 

   The Devil's Teeth

 
Originally Posted by jc-ski View Post
 

Also from the same author...

 

 

Another fascinating read!

 

And yet another from the same author...

 

http://www.npr.org/2015/08/04/428986235/exploring-the-wild-and-haunting-world-of-dolphins

 

She also speaks a bit in the interview about the two books mentioned above.

post #40 of 57

They stopped chumming off the piers right before the 4th of July.  Had one bite Saturday that weekend, but no issues since..

post #41 of 57
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There really is no substitute for common sense.

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And yet another from the same author...

 

http://www.npr.org/2015/08/04/428986235/exploring-the-wild-and-haunting-world-of-dolphins

 

She also speaks a bit in the interview about the two books mentioned above.


 Definitely will put that one on the list. 

 

Kinda bummed on no baby shark sightings from a recent trip, but the water was so warm I didn't wear a wetsuit the whole week, which is a big El Nino collateral benefit. 

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I was thumbing through last Sunday's paper, and discovered Susan Casey would be at a Bay Area bookstore last night, so I went. I figured it would just be a typical stop on a tour, where she would discuss her new Dolphins book, (which would've been just fine with me), but it was actually part of a travel writers conference. The evening turned out to be quite special: Casey and Tim Cahill spent about 90 minutes having a fascinating conversation facilitated by Don George where they discussed their literary careers, which overlapped ~20 years ago at Outside Magazine, and their writing process, with a huge wad of entertaining anecdotes thrown in along the way. Immensely satisfying; so glad I stumbled across the event and got to it!

 

While there I picked up a paperback copy of Cahill's A Wolverine is Eating My Leg, a collection of stories which includes Adventures In The Endo Zone, about Tom Jungst and other skiers at Bridger Bowl in Montana, originally published in the Feb 28, 1985 issue of Rolling Stone...

 

 

I started a thread on Bridger Bowl a while back, and @bunion posted a link there to an online version of the Endo Zone story, for anyone who might be interested.


Same goes for this...

 

http://www.outsideonline.com/1817471/tim-cahill-birth-outside

post #44 of 57
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Way more sharks: For years, based on estimates in the ’90s, we assumed there were about 200 to 400 great white sharks at any one time off the Bay Area coast, and in turn, the state listed them as a protected species. A recent study by 10 scientists, published in a scientific journal, says there are now more like 2,400 great white sharks off the Bay Area coast.

 

http://www.sfgate.com/outdoors/article/It-s-a-red-alert-for-great-white-sharks-6446565.php

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Way more sharks: For years, based on estimates in the ’90s, we assumed there were about 200 to 400 great white sharks at any one time off the Bay Area coast, and in turn, the state listed them as a protected species. A recent study by 10 scientists, published in a scientific journal, says there are now more like 2,400 great white sharks off the Bay Area coast.

 

http://www.sfgate.com/outdoors/article/It-s-a-red-alert-for-great-white-sharks-6446565.php

 

Are there more sharks, or do we now know there are more out there?

post #46 of 57
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Like autism?   ;-)

 

Reasonable question, but I'll defer to those who study the matter seriously to attempt an answer.

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A harbor seal with a 28-inch bite wound was found, measured and photographed last week on the Northern California coast by field scout Teri Schultz. The rare find means that a great white in the 15- to 18-foot range was the attacker.

 

http://www.sfgate.com/outdoors/article/Shark-encounters-increase-as-El-Ni-o-nears-6459903.php

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http://abcnews.go.com/US/shark-takes-big-bite-california-surfers-board/story?id=33413498

 

There's also a second story with a vid further down on that same web page about a hammerhead following some kayakers in La Jolla.

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From the shark news link above...

San Onofre State Beach   —   On July 19, 2015 B. F. (name withheld by request) and an unidentified companion were surfing Trail One at San Onofre State Beach. It was 9:30AM and he had been on the water about 1 hour. ... “As the wave rolled in, we looked and through the wave there was a clear as day silhouette of a 7 foot White Shark. My friend and I were talking about how clean the water was, especially after such a big thunderstorm, so the image of the shark was 100%, no doubt. It was dark grey/black on top, with a white bottom. Immediately I let the set wave wipe me out and drag me back a good 20 – 30 yards, as my friend duck dove and was within 5 feet of the shark. The shark was definitely a juvenile. It literally looked motionless, about 6 inches from the top of the water. It was just sitting there, not doing anything. We exited the water, walked down the beach about 1/4 mile and paddled back out. There were at least 12 other surfers in the water at the time who all moved down the beach. Most surfers stayed in the water.

( Bold added for emphasis! ;-)

I used to live not far from San Onofre and surfed there multiple times per week except of course when it was flat for an extended period. For years the only shark sightings were of blue sharks which weren't dangerous unless you kind of stepped on them. Then, in I want to say around 2007, all of a sudden two great whites appeared. One was maybe 10 ft, the other around 7.

At first everyone left the water. But not long thereafter surfers started going back in. The Sharks never bothered us. We'd see them out there a couple of hundred yards or more away. This went on for a number of years. The conventional "wisdom" was they recognized us and just didn't consider us food. We never called the papers or tv news but it isn't surprising someone as above would make a big old attention getting deal out of it.

The hardest part was, as everyone who surfed that area knew, sea lions surf. So when we'd be on a wave and notice a dark just submerged form appear in the crest of a wave several feet away, our hearts would skip a beat or two.
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The hardest part was, as everyone who surfed that area knew, sea lions surf. So when we'd be on a wave and notice a dark just submerged form appear in the crest of a wave several feet away, our hearts would skip a beat or two.

 

I had never seen that until a couple months ago - so incredibly cool!  

 

Very easy to imagine how unnerving that would be, though!    ;-)

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Before we get completely into the fever dream of ski season...

 

Originally Posted by jc-ski View Post
 

I was thumbing through last Sunday's paper, and discovered Susan Casey would be at a Bay Area bookstore last night, so I went. I figured it would just be a typical stop on a tour, where she would discuss her new Dolphins book, (which would've been just fine with me), but it was actually part of a travel writers conference. The evening turned out to be quite special: Casey and Tim Cahill spent about 90 minutes having a fascinating conversation facilitated by Don George where they discussed their literary careers, which overlapped ~20 years ago at Outside Magazine, and their writing process, with a huge wad of entertaining anecdotes thrown in along the way. Immensely satisfying; so glad I stumbled across the event and got to it!

 

Past couple of months I read both Susan Casey's recently published Voices in the Ocean: A Journey into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins, as well as Tim Cahill's Dolphins, published in 2000.

 

 

Both are interesting reads and explore/celebrate these fascinating creatures and the world in which they live. Casey's book deals quite a bit with the unfortunate realities of human impact on dolphin life. Cahill's gets into that to a lesser degree, and also has a lot of pretty pictures.

 

Concurrent with the writing of the Cahill book a 40 minute IMAX film on Dolphins was produced, and that is currently available on Amazon Prime.

post #56 of 57
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There's a phone number at the end of this story if anyone feels the need to make a call...

 

https://www.thedodo.com/beetle-dead-mojave-dolphins-mirage-casino-1440280803.html

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