Thursday, October 12, 2006

shark attack?

Anyone know anything about a shark-bit surfer? The incident supposedly happened on Sunday.... and would help explain On The Beach's marquee sign that says something about shark repellent.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

That would end a long streak wouldn’t it?. Anyone watch "Shark Week" on Discover channel. There was a beach that had to be shut down to all surfing and swimming because of a rapid and then sustained peak in attacks. The reason turned out to be a large marina built a few miles away. This changed the patterns of bait fish and drove the feeding area of the sharks to intersect with what had been a perfect surfing beach. Made me think Isla Blanca. It’s easy to see some of the impact and consequences of tearing up the island for mega bucks. The unforeseen ones could be worse.

8:52 AM  
Blogger Sam said...

Massice schools of baitfish have been heading south pately. I suspect that when they come to the breakwater they get confused. That's right where the shark incident happened.

The high cost of diesel also might be related. See, about half of the shrimp fleet didn't even venture out this year, since they usually have to buy 10,000 to 25,000 gallons of fuel - too much for a few thousand pounds of shrimp at 3 bucks a pouund. So, hardly anybody is scooping up the baitfish and there's a ton of it in the Gulf now.

This also happened in Florida, where shark bites increased right after the ban on all netting.

Truth is, if you're swimming in the Gulf, you're already swimming with the sharks. You do NOT want to take a plane ride up the beach and ask the pilot what are "those long dark things in the water."

2:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, the Gulf is kinda part of nature - last time I checked. And there are bait fish and sharks there. You just have to be careful. Remember - the surf is the home of the sharks and their friends. When we wade or swim we are invading THEIR neighborhood!

10:21 PM  

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