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Re:sharks avoidance wisdom - 2009/02/15 05:11 Been surfing the east coast of Florida for 40yrs.Have never been bit.However I have been chased,been in the lineup when the guy next to me was bit(New Smyrna Inlet),had a spinner shark fly out and do his thing while feeding,saw a great white fin or what i thought was one(white and about 4ft. above the water line),had something fly over the top of me while paddling for a wave and seen plenty of sharks in the water.

When i am in the water i always keep my eyes peeled and if i see something i can't identify i get the H out of there.Also if i am in an area where there is a lot of bait fish i paddle in and move to a different area.If there are Dolphins in the area i stay out because they are friendly and will ride the wave with you.Also dolphins can take a shark and sharks usually less plentiful when they are around.They swim differently in the water and you can identify them from sharks by there dorsal fin.I admit i surf a lot alone a lot but when i do i try to be extra aware.
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Re:sharks avoidance wisdom - 2009/02/18 18:20 hey Surfdog, i reckon we all break the rules, all of the time. as relativley inteligent animals, we often take calculated risks in order to get ahead and in-part that's something which makes life enjoyable. yeah, lol, i always get out of the water when it starts to smell like a tin of sardines.

man, i love dolphins, they are too cool and always inspiring and, generally, they do come between humans and sharks and there's thousands of good stories about how dolphins have come to the aid of humans. all the same, i've been in the water a few times when dophins couldn't prevent sharks from buzzing the line-up and i've seen hundreds of dolphins with bad scars and fresh wounds which i assume were caused by sharks. i've seen a pod of dolphins with babies taking shelter in the gutter behind the line-up thus putting surfers between them and a white.

this is a photo of a well known wild dolphin seeking human assistance after being attacked by a shark near the goldcoast on the 14th of Feb, 2009.

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Re:sharks avoidance wisdom - 2009/02/20 14:12 Wow,man that is sad.The kind of sharks we have in FLA.aren't really man killers.Although just about any shark bite requires a ton of stitches because they shred u with there teeth.On the west coast of Fla. they have bull sharks which are a lot more agressive and there have been fatal attacks from them but on the east coast mostly cases of mistaken identity.If u are in an area with schools of bait fish u will be bait yourself.
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Re:sharks avoidance wisdom - 2009/02/20 21:40 hey, i'm sorry about posting such a violent image of the wounded dolphin. the dolphin's name is Nari and he was taken to sea world on the goldie for surgical treatment on the 17th. he's now doing fine, no stitches, just a tidy-up and a few antibiotics. he's presently relaxing post-op in a big pool at sea world and expected to make a full recovery and be released in a few weeks. experts reckon dolphins heal-up very well from shark bites and they also reckon about 90% of adult dolphins on the oz east coast have scars from shark bites.
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Re:sharks avoidance wisdom - 2009/02/20 21:55 if you think that is bad... you should not forget that creatures with much smaller teeth do worse violence...

http://www.savejapandolphins.org/
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Re:sharks avoidance wisdom - 2009/02/21 03:05 100% aggree to Pisco23, and dolphins are only one of hundreds of species getting wiped out by so called "humans". For example sea cucumbers are protected around the globe, but some crazy idiots believe 'cause of they can afford 300 bucks for a dinner per person they have the right to be above the law. To hell with all those who eat sea cucumbers, turtles, shark fins and so on...
So - as long as sharks patrol the seas there is hope that our environment gets rescued.

http://www.greenpeace.org/international/news/whales-justice180209
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