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How Often Do Ya'll See Sharks??

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My jibe exercises ended this weekend when I saw a 3 or 4 foot (probably closer to 3) black tip shark approach me on the port side and then swim under my Aero. How often do you guys see sharks out in the water? And what do you do about it when you spot them? I see dolphins, turtles, and a variety of fish all the time, but this is only the second time I've spotted a shark.

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we have 6 gill sharks here all the time. no bother. they are more afraid of us than we are of them.

 

black tips are pretty timid and don't normally come after people. they'll scatter pretty fast.

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I remember being the first guy out on practice day for a Laser regatta in Gulfport MS

I saw three good sized shark looking fish swim past and headed straight to s big fishing boat to ask questions.....

 

"Those are Tiger Sharks. They live here. They don't bother anybody. Where are you from?"

 

I told him I lived on Lake Erie where all our biggest fish hung out on the bottom and we ended up chatting about his fishingbtripbto lake Superior and

Best part

He told me everything he could about prevailing winds and current in the bay.

Developing sea breeze is his enemy so he knew all about when and from where it would come.

 

I did better thank expected in the regatta... Probably because of that conversation

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we have 6 gill sharks here all the time. no bother. they are more afraid of us than we are of them.

 

Didn't you see Jaws? A super giant very scary great white attacked Hobie 16s!!!

 

I've seen a few over the years, but they seem to keep their distance - they don't even seem curious. Our boats with downward pointing fins and sails must seem 'massive' in their minds.

 

Surfers on the other hand look remarkably like seals. It's better to sail than surf.

Our boats with downward pointing fins and sails must seem 'massive' in their minds.

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The white sharks I've seen have a tendency to approach boats and look them over. The blue sharks I've seen tend to flee the scene when the boat approaches, and the only Mako shark I ever saw had to go and do a back flip to show off. The only Thresher shark I saw, I had to alter course to keep from hitting it. The boats up in Santa Barbara probably saw some Hammerheads last summer as they caught a lot of them up there to sell.

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My jibe exercises ended this weekend when I saw a 3 or 4 foot (probably closer to 3) black tip shark approach me on the port side and then swim under my Aero. How often do you guys see sharks out in the water? And what do you do about it when you spot them? I see dolphins, turtles, and a variety of fish all the time, but this is only the second time I've spotted a shark.

 

It depends where we are. We haven't seen any for a while, but in some places like Faka Rava (an atoll in the Tuamotus) there were always sharks around. Very cool, I could jump in the water and float with a hand on the swim later and watch them swimming around the boat, sometimes three or four at once. Mostly gray reef and blacktips there, with the occasional whitetip reef.

 

A blacktip that size is far more nervous about you than you are about him. Either admire it's grace and beauty while it swims by, or ignore it. Don't bug it and it won't bug you.

 

Took this one snorkeling...about the same size and type you're talking about. Harmless.

 

If you see a big white, bull, or tiger I'd GTFO of there, slowly and quietly. But not for one of these little guys.

 

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The white sharks I've seen have a tendency to approach boats and look them over. The blue sharks I've seen tend to flee the scene when the boat approaches, and the only Mako shark I ever saw had to go and do a back flip to show off. The only Thresher shark I saw, I had to alter course to keep from hitting it. The boats up in Santa Barbara probably saw some Hammerheads last summer as they caught a lot of them up there to sell.

 

It's all cool and chill from inside the cockpit, but capsizing in these sport dinghies is a regular occurrence. I imagine they'd get a lot more interested in a human swimming back to the boat, and kicking around while trying to right the boat.

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My jibe exercises ended this weekend when I saw a 3 or 4 foot (probably closer to 3) black tip shark approach me on the port side and then swim under my Aero. How often do you guys see sharks out in the water? And what do you do about it when you spot them? I see dolphins, turtles, and a variety of fish all the time, but this is only the second time I've spotted a shark.

 

It depends where we are. We haven't seen any for a while, but in some places like Faka Rava (an atoll in the Tuamotus) there were always sharks around. Very cool, I could jump in the water and float with a hand on the swim later and watch them swimming around the boat, sometimes three or four at once. Mostly gray reef and blacktips there, with the occasional whitetip reef.

 

A blacktip that size is far more nervous about you than you are about him. Either admire it's grace and beauty while it swims by, or ignore it. Don't bug it and it won't bug you.

 

Took this one snorkeling...about the same size and type you're talking about. Harmless.

 

If you see a big white, bull, or tiger I'd GTFO of there, slowly and quietly. But not for one of these little guys.

 

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Thanks. Less worried about the black tip now. But we do have a lot of tiger sharks in Corpus Christi. Never seen one while out sailing though (knock on wood).

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The white sharks I've seen have a tendency to approach boats and look them over. The blue sharks I've seen tend to flee the scene when the boat approaches, and the only Mako shark I ever saw had to go and do a back flip to show off. The only Thresher shark I saw, I had to alter course to keep from hitting it. The boats up in Santa Barbara probably saw some Hammerheads last summer as they caught a lot of them up there to sell.

 

They problem with whites is that they are like big babies - they like to explore what things are by putting them in their mouth.

 

They don't really like to eat people, but by the time they figure out you don't really taste like seal you're pretty messed up.

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Long time ago while trimming the blooper from the rail I looked over the side and in the boats shadow a very large hammerhead was just swimming along with the boat. Hot day downwind in the Rockville to Charleston race.

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Bull sharks scare me. Most Texas' bites have been from bull sharks, I think, in relatively shallow water. But only about three dozen in the last hundred years or so and only a few fatalities.

 

Sharks have always been around, D, you just haven't been paying attention. How close to shore were you? Quite a few sharks hang out between the sandbars in the surf. I always found it humorous at Port A when a shark fisherman would catch one off the beach with swimmers around. But then again, when I first started windsurfing at Bird Island, I'd freak out when the mullet were jumping and I couldn't see below because the water was so turbid.

 

Check out this big hammerhead landed earlier this summer.

 

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/us-world/article/Corpus-Christi-man-catches-massive-13-foot-long-7968945.php#photo-10206397

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Regarding distance from shore: it was that zone where the water changes from brown to blue/green. So, about 200-300 yards from shore. I love seeing the thick fat fin of a dolphin, but that sharp angular fin of a shark is not fun to see! I know the danger is minimal (unless it's a tiger or bull shark), but it's still scary for this desk jockey!

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The white sharks I've seen have a tendency to approach boats and look them over. The blue sharks I've seen tend to flee the scene when the boat approaches, and the only Mako shark I ever saw had to go and do a back flip to show off. The only Thresher shark I saw, I had to alter course to keep from hitting it. The boats up in Santa Barbara probably saw some Hammerheads last summer as they caught a lot of them up there to sell.

 

It's all cool and chill from inside the cockpit, but capsizing in these sport dinghies is a regular occurrence. I imagine they'd get a lot more interested in a human swimming back to the boat, and kicking around while trying to right the boat.

 

 

My brother and I learned to race on the Brisbane River as kids and we tipped over a lot. I'm sure if the Bull sharks that visit there wanted a taste they would have taken one. Chances are unless you land on a shark going over they will leave you alone. Most tend to move away from humans when they see them. I SCUBA a lot with them and only time I've ever had one come towards me was when I was waving yellow fins around and had a male Sand Tiger (Raggie) follow me around a bit. He seemed more curious than anything else. I would imagine if you are sailing in warm waters where female sharks congregate in summer there might be more run-ins but honestly, think about it how many sailor/ shark incidents have you heard of?

(not counting the WWll story in the Pacific)

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Fishermen who deliberately catch and kill sharks should be shot in both kneecaps and then cut up slowly and their body parts fed to the sharks. Not enough to kill them, but I want their limbless body to be a reminder to everyone how the sharks feel when you kill them and fin them.

 

Humans are NOT part of a shark's food chain. You have more chance of being hit by lightening and WAAY more chance of dying while driving to the marina to go sailing than being bitten by a shark. They are beautiful and majestic creatures and have evolved to be the apex predator in the ocean. I dive with sharks all the time. In fact I go out of my way to dive with sharks. I've dived with Tigers, Bulls, and Hammerheads as well as tons of reef sharks and they are not a threat.

 

The most important thing is don't act like food. And try not to look like food. Swimmers get bitten because they are thrashing around on the surface and look like food. Sharks are extremely lazy, so they only mostly go after something that is dead or in distress. If you find yourself in the water with a shark, best thing to do is stop moving. DO NOT try to swim away fast - you just look like food and you will die tired. And it sounds cliche but make eye contact. They are opportunistic. If they see you looking at them, they cannot surprise you and you will look like a threat to them.

 

Oh and try not to wear white clothing. What color do fish turn when they are dead and rotting?

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I can remember one offshore race out of Sydney last century. Had a non sailor beside me on the rail, legs out etc. 'See sharks often?' "Yeah now and again, like that one over there...." He wanted to get off the rail...

 

I reckon I've seen more whales than sharks.

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Not often, but my crew on trapeze saw a lot more than me.

I recently found out non of the local triathlon people will train at my beach since there have been too many croc sightings. The beach I have been sailing and ocean swim training alone on. Oh well

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Some of the better organised dinghy clubs on the NSW (Australian) circuit have specific shark risk sighting risk management systems in place .... during Flying 11 Nationals last year Belmont (on Lake Macquarie) flew the AP over K flag and held the kids on shore for several hours after what was described as a "very large shark" was spotted at the top mark, just before the fleet of 70 odd dinghies launched. All summer there were sightings of Great Whites in the Lake, and there is video somewhere on youtube of a few... the wags in the fleet joked the flags should have been the F over U over C over K ....

 

And of course, over in Perth, Western Australia, during the 2011 ISAF round a 6m great white swam into the launching pond pretty much unseen, except by the pro fleet fisherman in the next marina who came racing over.... I think the fleet was out in the bay, and the shark was between them and the beach ...

 

'Straya ... love it.

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I can remember one offshore race out of Sydney last century. Had a non sailor beside me on the rail, legs out etc. 'See sharks often?' "Yeah now and again, like that one over there...." He wanted to get off the rail...

 

I reckon I've seen more whales than sharks.

 

While sailing I've definitely seen more whales. Heck, we saw about a dozen a couple of week ago on the trip back to Nouméa, and a couple on the way to where we are now.

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Racing a little sports boat offshore of Pittwater (AUS) we were becalmed and waiting for the start sitting on the rail with legs hanging over...... A baby hammerhead about 2 feet long stuck his head out of the water in front of us to check us out. It was very cute but our legs did come in :D

 

Eden NSW sailed on trap over a school of hammerheads

 

Botany Bay hove too waiting for a start on our Tornado when a shark that was significantly longer than the 3 meter beam of our boat swam very close past out transom...... My crew and I had discussions about heading for shore after that one but carried on racing making sure we didn't sit still for too long or swim.

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I've been scuba diving since the mid 70's. I got certified at the age of 16, damn Navy Pilots nearly killed me. Best thing i ever done.

Been sailing since the early 70's.

 

Never seen a shark underwater, not that means they are not there. I've played with many seals, which means sharks are near.

 

While sailing. I've seen many a fin on thew surface.

 

 

WTF

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I sail on a small lake, (Chipping Norton Lake, NSW, AUS) connected to the ocean (about 25km away) via the Georges River, a few months ago some jet skiers claimed to have seen some sharks in the lake. So the local council put up signs warning people of the sharks.

 

Two months later we sighted two dolphins swimming in the lake, something no one had seen there before, perhaps they had been the 'sharks'. The good thing was that the annoying jet skiers melted away, owing to the 'shark' reports.

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I sail on a small lake, (Chipping Norton Lake, NSW, AUS) connected to the ocean (about 25km away) via the Georges River, a few months ago some jet skiers claimed to have seen some sharks in the lake. So the local council put up signs warning people of the sharks.

 

Two months later we sighted two dolphins swimming in the lake, something no one had seen there before, perhaps they had been the 'sharks'. The good thing was that the annoying jet skiers melted away, owing to the 'shark' reports.

I think it is time to make up some warning signs. As we are two hundred miles inlznd, My plan iS to substitute Alligators for sharks

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Did you hear about the lawyer on vacation whose sailboat capsized in dangerous, shark-infested waters?

 

He surprised his traveling companions by volunteering to swim to the far-off shore for help. As he swam, his companions were startled by the appearance of two dorsal fins -- great white sharks, heading straight toward the lawyer.

 

To their surprise, the sharks allowed the lawyer to take hold of their fins, and escorted him safely to shore.

 

When the lawyer returned with help, his companions asked him how he had managed such an incredible feat. The lawyer answered, "Professional courtesy."

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No sharks in Southwest Montana but I did hear a story about a guy who anchored his boat in a small bay on a lake here and then watched a large grizzly bear go for a swim in the same small bay.

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I once had a gecko stow-away on a catamaran I was sailing in Fiji. Once I got into some waves, it came running aft - so I caught it and took it into shore.

 

There are Orca in the Pacific - here's a dude mad enough to make friends (filmed Monday a few days ago):

 

http://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/destinations/nz/83945845/drone-captures-army-bay-orca-encounter

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Seen a couple of hammer heads here just outside of the breakwater in Hilo Bay. Lot's of turtles, one being eaten by a small great white, just inside the opening. But never bothered by any.

 

I know there were some great whites in Puget Sound every couple of years, but never seen one. Saw a lot more Orca's than sharks.

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Been sailing in shark-infested waters for the past 10 to 15 years. San Fran, Fremantle, Miami, etc...

 

Only once have I seen a shark. It was the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami in the north part of Biscayne Bay, saw an 8' Bull Shark finning for about 8-10". At first thought it was a dolphin, but as we got closer could see that the dorsal was indeed that of a Tiger Shark.

 

That's it. Even though we sailed in the Perth 2011 Worlds with the angry Great White trying to eat men..!

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