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Old 04-10-2016, 02:02   #16
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Re: Close encounter

When I was kid growing up diving and sailing Tampa Bay we crossed sharks all the time, but they were smaller. I think TB is more of a nursery (my opinion).

Anyway, there was always this legend told about a huge hammerhead which was named "Old Hitler." Just a story of course.

And then about 7-8 years ago I saw in the news that some TB fishermen caught an absolutely huge great hammerhead, 16-18 feet if I recall correctly.

I was depressed all day when I read that story. So sad to kill a magnificent animal that had to be over 50 years old, just to have a trophy.

Bye Old Hitler

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Re: Close encounter

In my area (SoCal) it used to be unheard of for hammerheads to come this far north into cooler waters, but with temps going up now they are often sighted and I saw one last spring cruising on the surface near Santa Barbara.
And Great Whites too. Call in the Orcas.

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I thought of going for a swim off the boat in Nuku Hiva when we arrived.. however the sight of some doral fins and half a dozen Tiger sharks lazily cruising by put me off.. have never swum in the S Pacific.. to bludi dangerous.
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