Great White In Cape Cod

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  1. Hotwire Dealin' W/ Demons

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    Hmmm, I wonder if the mayor will listen?

    http://news.yahoo.com/great-white-s...-sighting-164529546--abc-news-topstories.html

    Swimmers in Cape Cod, Mass. are venturing back into the water Sunday after a great white shark sighting closed a popular beach this weekend.
    Lifeguards and swimmers spotted the shark some 100 to 150 yards off Nauset Beach in Orleans Saturday afternoon. The 12-14 foot shark was last seen swimming away from shore.
    No one was hurt, but some 3,000 swimmers at the beach were asked to get out of the water when the shark was sighted.
    "Everyone was very relaxed and the shark put on quite a show moving back and forth out in front of the beach, but it was done in a very orderly fashion," Harbormaster Dawson Farber said.
    A photograph shows the shark's dorsal fin behind a man in a kayak, but the man was able to reach dry land unhurt.
    Farber said swimmers should "use some common sense, keep their eyes open, avoid swimming in close proximity to seals, and just to generally pay attention to their surroundings."
    This sighting is not the first in the area this season. In early June, two great whites were detected off the coast of Cape Cod by acoustic receivers.
    According to Greg Skomal, a senior biologist at the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, those two sharks had been tagged by the department just last year.
    Skomal said the number of white sharks detected in New England waters has been increasing since 2008, because of the region's increased efforts to protect marine mammals.
    "The elbow of the cape has these large, dense concentrations of gray seals now, and these white sharks go to the area to feed," he said. "Because the seals are so abundant, now the white sharks are paying more attention."
    Skomal said the gray seal population off Cape Cod has grown from 10,000 to more than 300,000 since protections were put in place.
    But Skomal said beach goers need not worry about impending shark attacks. The seals are located in a national wildlife refuge that is difficult for people to reach.
    "Sharks are not there to feed on people; they're there to feed on seals."
    However in Northern California on Saturday, an 18-foot great white bit through the front-end of a kayak near Pleasure Point, a popular surfing spot.
    The kayaker, who was fishing, was thrown into the water but was unharmed and pulled out by a boater nearby.
    Sean Van Sommeran of the Pelagic Shark Research Foundation inspected the kayak and confirmed the bite marks were those of a great white. He says it's unusual to see a shark attack a kayak.
    "It's the first attack on a kayak that I know of for that stretch of the coast," said Van Sommeran.
    Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Esther Beckman said the man was in shock but otherwise unharmed, and recovering at home.
    "He was very fortunate that in fact there were other boaters nearby who were able to rescue him and help him get out of the water," Beckman said.
     
  2. KevanG Pragmatic Villain

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    Like no one was going to post this \/ :p

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  3. Batman Dramatic Example

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    Wow. And it was just the 4th of July, too...
     
  4. terry78 My name is Stefan, sweet thang

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    That's what all those rich WASPs get for thinking they own the ocean.
     
  5. Boom I got nothin'

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    I'm terrified of sharks.
     
  6. Slushy Registered

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    Don't go in the water!
     
  7. KevanG Pragmatic Villain

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    Nobody let braincrusher see this. He might cry.
     
  8. Duke Registered

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    Does this mean we'll need a bigger boat? :o

    Or overreact. :o
     
  9. KevanG Pragmatic Villain

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    Or attempt to capture it to clean his tv.
     
  10. Wolfwood Shasta McNasty

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    Somewhere in the world Cashforstash just came.
     
  11. Piper Maru Guest

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    I love and admire the beauty of nature, but when I see a Great White shark I remember why i'm terrified of water.
     
  12. The Guard Registered

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    Couldn't this have gone in braincrusher's thread?
     
  13. The Apocalypse Registered

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    I was just about to say that somewhere, braincrusher is saying "I told ya so."
     
  14. Venom75 Registered

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    I love sharks. The Great white is my favorite. :yay:
     
  15. braincrusher More than meets my eye

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    This is horrifying and a sign that these animals enjoy the taste of human flesh :wow:. I saw a picture of a huge great white following some poor guy on a kayak. He was just out enjoying his day on Cape Cod and instead had it replaced by horror. I have sworn off beach swimming, lake swimming may be next as pirranha fish are also a menace.
     
  16. Hotwire Dealin' W/ Demons

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    Didn't want to scare him too much.
     
  17. Bruce Banner Registered

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    Somebody get Richard Dreyfuss on the case...
     
  18. ThePhantasm 2 sexy 4 a stormtrooper

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    Its a good idea to avoid toilets too because of the sewer sharks. :o
     
  19. Schlosser85 Registered

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    Or it was there because Cape Cod's seal population has grown over the years...
     
  20. cryptic name No Limits

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    They're going to ignore this particular problem until it swims up and bites them on the ass!
     
  21. Immortalfire In the pale moonlight

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    He's busy getting ready to climb K2.
     
  22. braincrusher More than meets my eye

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    No, those guys are leaving for K2 without me in a week. My fitness level was called into question. It was total crap because I was told recently I look dashing in a speedo
     
  23. Samwise Gamgee Registered

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    "Cage goes in the water, you go in the water. Shark's in the water. Our shark."
     
  24. knowsbleed Registered

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    Lesser words have caused men to go insane.
     
  25. Raiden Wakanda Forever

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    I'm sure this Great White went to Cape Cod looking for a meal, but was disappointed that it couldn't find the fish. ;)
     

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