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AlohaStation
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From: So FL
Posted: 2008-07-14 12:41 pm   Permalink

This picture was taken just a few miles from where I was surfing this weekend. New Smirna Beach, FL - this image is not a fake. It is a Spinner shark leaping out of the water. NSB - #1 in the world for shark attacks!!!!



 
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Blowfish
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From: Hula-ifornia
Posted: 2008-07-14 1:17 pm   Permalink

Glad you didn't end up as an appetizer.... Last time I went snorkeling of off of a beach in Maui there was an attack the same week in the same place. I guess it pays to respect the fact that we are not top of the food chain when it comes to the Oceans.

 
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Chongolio
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From: The Coast of Kauai
Posted: 2008-07-14 1:54 pm   Permalink

Big week for the Chondrichthyes. A bunch of hammerhead cruised into Hanalei bay and shut the beach down over the weekend.
Read all about it

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Bohemiann
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Joined: Apr 29, 2004
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From: Sarasota, Fla.
Posted: 2008-07-14 7:05 pm   Permalink

Time to take up snow skiing

 
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VampiressRN
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Joined: Nov 23, 2006
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From: Sun City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
Posted: 2008-07-14 7:21 pm   Permalink

I am not a shark fan!!! Seems like every summer they show these types of "shark swarm" pictures of those spinners off the Florida coast.


We just have an occasional Great White attack in California...and strangely enough...nobody stays in the water when one of those is on the prowl.


Thank goodness you weren't live bate. Give me a pool any day!!!



 
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sneakyjack
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Joined: May 25, 2004
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From: NYC Area
Posted: 2008-07-14 7:24 pm   Permalink

I've seen sh!t like that in Sebastians inlet, FLA - scary in the shark pool.

But thats life!

cool shot - though


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Howland
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From: Folly Beach, SC--'Follynesia'
Posted: 2008-07-17 8:28 pm   Permalink

Our local news station here in Charleston, SC showed that pic today and the news crew debated whether or not it was a photoshop job. I new right off the bat it was real. I've seen sharks do the same thing here --not often , but a few times. Don't know if it was the same species but I've seen them do a complete breach nearshore. We have a lot of sand sharks here--could've been one of those.

The drama here is that there is a shark in the same picture as a surfer. You combine the 2 together and you get a good news story. The thing is that those spinners could care less if there were surfers or swimmers around. They don't want to eat us! For them to seek us out as a food source would be the same as any of us seeking out...say, a gorilla for food--just don't happen that much. When people get attacked by sharks, it's mostly accidental. That's excluding the tiger, bull and white sharks, mainly, which will eat a peeple just as a snack. Us right coasters don't really have to worry about the white shark much--not many around, no seals for them to feed on. (yay!)

I see sharks fairly regularly out in the surf but they're always chasing baitfish, mullet, etc. No big deal. You get out past the breaks and you can see all kind of stuff you can't see from sitting on the beach or wading in the inshore surf. You get that one photo of that shark with a swimmer or surfer in there---you're going nationwide, baby! Sensationalism is alive and well!

(knock on wood-I might be surfing tomorrow!)
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Posted: 2008-07-17 8:32 pm   Permalink

Whoever the surfer is, you know he'll have that photo framed big and proud somewhere in his pad!
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AlohaStation
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From: So FL
Posted: 2008-07-18 09:58 am   Permalink

It made it all the way to CNN. The video clip show the whole sequence of the shark jumping.

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2008/07/17/zarrella.shark.jump.cnn

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joefla70
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From: Fort Lauderdale
Posted: 2008-07-18 11:30 am   Permalink

Amazing! That picture makes me wonder if something bigger scared that shark out of the water!

 
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HelloTiki
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Joined: Jul 23, 2005
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From: Kailua, Hawaii
Posted: 2008-07-18 1:29 pm   Permalink

yeah, my mother-in-law!
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blindy the pirate
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Joined: Jan 21, 2008
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From: Tallahassee FL
Posted: 2008-07-30 05:07 am   Permalink

The running joke about New Smyrna when I was growing up in Orlando:

The sharks are attracted by the glimmer of all the gold chains on the people in the water.

True story. I was out on New Smyrna at dawn after a party in a condo there. There was one surfer out in the water, and his two friends were on the shore. A shark appeared on the waves to his right and his friends started yelling and pointing at it. The surfer looked over and instead saw a good break, so he started paddling over. After about 30 yards he finally saw the shark. He crouched on the board refusing to touch the water and somehow made it to shore faster than anyone I had ever seen.


 
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TikiMango
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Joined: Jun 17, 2008
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From: Satellite Beach, FL
Posted: 2008-07-30 07:52 am   Permalink

Just remember kiddies, shark only attack out of curiosity or mistaken identity on your behalf. Even the dolphins can scare the heck out of you when you don't expect them.


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cheekytiki
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From: The Haole Hut, London, UK
Posted: 2008-07-30 11:02 pm   Permalink

Same shark different photo, sorry I mean same surfer different photo, whatever it's the same photographer

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Posted: 2008-07-31 8:50 pm   Permalink

The story from CNN.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1ffu_7wJ8M
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