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Old 13-06-2019, 15:07   #1
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Hey guys does anyone ever see sharks while you are boating? if so where? How big and how close in?



I had a close encounter on the beach last year with a shark that was beaching itself it lunged at me but did not make contact. pics to prove.
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I don't think they are ever to far away, I see quite a few anywhere from in the impact zone along the beach to out well away from the beach. In many years I have only seen a couple of dangerous sharks and never threatened. Still I have a lot of respect for them :-)

My theory is we don't smell like food and are too big for most. I think the attacks probably come either by mistake, thinking we are something else from below working on visual clues not scent or a shark that is desperate, old, injured, food supply run out, pregnant....

The amount of shark attacks that are single bites, then let the bleeding injured person swim to shore when they would be easy pickings make me think, they think, I didn't order that.
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Our wheelhouse being up high let's us see more than most.
There are definitely a few "residents" in and around popular anchorages and swimming spots around our part of the world.
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This is the one that got me at Coney Island, its a sand tiger...when afraid its better to go ahead and take the bull by the horns, or in this case the tail

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Once in a blue moon you may see one following the boat, I have no idea why.
I've dove with many, and the Bulls especially seem to stay right at that distance where your not sure you see them or not. My wife commented on that, I hadn't noticed until she did.
Of course I worry about the Bulls, but the only one that made repeated runs at me was a Hammer Head, which I didn't think was one to worry about.
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I'm a long way from your area but used to see lots on the surface ( say 20-40 in 15 miles) in summer 30 years ago. Hardly any now (Saw maybe 4 in +2mths), not sure why as hammerheads were the most common & they are not a commercial species locally. However they may roam far or migrate so then would be coming across longlines or maybe bycatch for purse seiners.
Sadly it's the same for most species
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Out on our side here we see the occasional blue shark and basking shark, or even a hammerhead may wander up when the water warms up, offshore. But the one that rose up to check us out last summer as we were motoring along, and my son was dangling his feet over the side, really got our attention... big dorsal fin slid along the port side and I looked over expecting to see a hammerhead... nope, big gray body and blunt head... looked like about 10 feet... most likely a Great White but it slipped away pretty fast. Ever since my son has been obsessed with everything shark.
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I see sharks flying my drone. Most people don't even notice they are swimming right next to a shark.

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in the Bahamas the water is so clear you can see sharks everyday from a long distance
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Traveling to and from Key West we invariably see one or two sharks, usually Black Tips, some quite large. On one return trip a few yars ago, we had a shark "shadow" us for nearly 30 miles from Smiths Shoal north. My (much) better half found it very disconcerting as he/she/it would occasionally circle the boat and then resume station in the shadow under our starboard quarter. He/she/it finally took a hike when a pod of Dolphins showed up (as there seems to be notorious animosity between Dolphins and Sharks).

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Just from reading, back in the day it was very common place for a shark or sharks to follow sailing ships, maybe for the garbage that went overboard or maybe just as they were moving at about the right speed for a shark to keep up.
Iíve looked for this and so far havenít noticed it on our boat, but we arenít feeding a large crew and nothing except a small amount of waste goes overboard either.
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We saw hundreds of sharks in the South Pacific, especially in the Tuamotus. Most of them were black tips but there was the occasional bull shark. More recently, when we were visiting the Revillagigedos Islands, off the west coast of Mexico, there was a large population of silky sharks. It didnít stop us from snorkeling several times a day. Click image for larger version

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Sharks are not as aggressive as Hollywood portrays them. Overall, they really do get a bad rap.
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When you consider the number of sharks in the water everywhere people swim it's amazing that there are so few attacks. I've recently reread Yves Toumelin's books and he constantly sees sharks of all sizes, many of them following his boat for many miles.
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