Originally Posted by Sea Dreaming
This is not a truly "serious" post. But last night (yes, it wasa dark and stormy night)
I was thinkin about how doggies, looking over the edge of a boat to enjoy the water view, might look like dinner to sharks and orca. Having seen both consume live prey, this is horrifying.
So how safe are our pets from marine beasties breaching for lunch?
Now you've got ME worried about looking over the rail! Thanks a LOT! Actually I have never heard of beasties breaching for anything on a boat. The only times I have seen dog meet beastie it was sea lions and the two species looked upon each other with eager curiosity more than intent to consume.
"Hmm...come to think of it, sea lions on deck
might be even more terrifying than orca. How many sea lions would it take to sink a boat?
Most likely more than could fit on the deck. I had one take up residence on my deck one time, what a mess. Apparently he was sick and needed a place to hang out for a couple weeks.
But mentioning pelicans reminded me of a time when a pelican came swimming right up to my boat fearlessly. Odd, I thought as I looked over the rail. And there in his pouch I could see the reason for its boldness, he had a big fish
hook stuck in his pouch under his bill. Without really thinking I just reached over and grabbed it by the bill and pulled him aboard, he did not complain. After pulling the hook out I threw him back and he just swam off without so much as a glance back! The beasties are not ravenous and aggressive predators, they are ungrateful opportunists!