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scare of a lifetime

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by pat's taco, Aug 10, 2009.

  1. Aug 10, 2009 at 7:46 AM
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    pat's taco

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    first off let me start by saying hi to everyone, i haven't been on in a good while. well i've been on vacation all week. i went to daytona,fl and did some surfing down there. it was ok, actually great because where i live the surf has been real flat for the last 2 months. anyway we got back home and i looked at our local surf report and there was actually some nice waist to chest sets. so me and the wife decide to go out. we walked down the beach and found a really nice sand bar with a good break. my wife is not a surfer but i've been teaching her. well she had actually caught and stood up for the first time ever. i was really happy for her and she was very excited. she paddled back out to me and i was looking for her next set when i noticed not 1 but 2 black fins. my stomach just dropped( lots of bull sharks were we live, first thing came to my mind). they had to be only 20 to 25 yards away. my wife didn't see them. i told her we should go back in and get a drink, but she was so excited she wanted to stay. i didn't want to scare her, but she really wanted to stay out. so then i told her and just as that happened 1 fin popped up kinda coming back towards us. she freaks the hell out splashing alot while trying to paddle back in. well we didn't get eatin, but while on shore we noticed that there were a few more fins in a little area. needless to say we didn't surf anymore that day. but i've been surfing for 15 years and never encountered a shark, yeah it was a ways out but still close enough to scare the living hell out of me....... plus it was shark week on discovery go figure..........just thought i would share
     
  2. Aug 10, 2009 at 7:48 AM
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    Glad it all turned out ok. Do you think she will get back in the water? Hope it didn't ruin it for her. While vacationing in Florida we saw a few sharks and now my girl won't go and swim in anything above knee deep.
     
  3. Aug 10, 2009 at 7:49 AM
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    :eek::eek::eek:glad you have all your fingers left to type up the story. Scary as hell I am sure.
     
  4. Aug 10, 2009 at 7:52 AM
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    haha they're out there, thank god it all turned out ok, i know how it feels. don't let it scare her too much, just tell her they're more afraid of you then you are of them.
     
  5. Aug 10, 2009 at 7:55 AM
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    I guarded for 4 years and, without fail, Shark Week always made everyone a little on edge. We couldn't stop watching, but it definitely added some fear to the job.

    Closest scary shark experience I had wasn't even a dangerous situation. Morning workout was underway and we were all heading to the water to swim out to our buoy 150 yards offshore. One of the guards commented about a seagull trying to land on the buoy and we all looked up in time to see a shark jump out of the water to try to catch it. We all stopped, looked at each other, and the boss said "Ok, looks like we're running today!" :D

    Glad you and your wife are safe. Hope you have less company the next time the waves are in!
     
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    eek! Glad you didnt become human sashimi.
     
  7. Aug 10, 2009 at 7:59 AM
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    But dad, its shark week
     
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    They are there, always, you just don't see them. Rommate in college pulled a record 750 lb tiger shark onto the beach near mouth of Tinity River in Texas. The people swimming nearby FREAKED OUT. THEY ARE ALWAYS THERE. I stopped even going into the oceans any more - they are toxic soups of bacteria and liquid waste.
     
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    Scary... I hope your wife doesn't shy away from going surfing again because of that incident.
     
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    I think I would have freaked out, glad everything was Ok.
     
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    yes they are! To share a story of my own with you guys.

    One day the family and I took a tiny road trip to Boca Grande (about two hour drive north) and the water was absolutely perfect and clear and it was a beautiful day at the beach. For some reason that day you could walk out 100 yards into the water and still touch the bottom with your feet so thats what I did. My dad started yelling "SHARK,SHARK" to me from the shoreline but I ignored it because my dad messes like that all the time. I didnt believe him.

    The next day in OUR local paper on the front page was an ariel shot from a helicopter of the same beach where we were and in the picture there was approx. 150 hammerhead sharks(mating?). I didnt go in the water for 3 months after I saw that.
     
  12. Aug 10, 2009 at 8:21 AM
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    i'm not scared nor was i at the first moment i saw them. i stayed calm and tried to make our way back , so it didn't freak her out anymore than she already was and not to give them anyreason to come closer. i will be back out probably later this week again. as for my wife i'm not sure , she is a trooper i'm sure she will go back as well. i know they are out there, it's just that i never see them.
     
  13. Aug 11, 2009 at 9:59 AM
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    UPDATE KINDA: so i did some research about that little sand bar i was surfing. come to find out thats pretty much a bull shark breeding hole, who would have guess. anyway just thought i would share again
     
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    i've heard sandbars are a bad idea since lots of sharks feed and hang out at them. just out of curiosity what did you do when she started panicking and splashing? i think i would have gotten pretty mad
     
  15. Aug 11, 2009 at 10:38 AM
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    Love that movie. :D
    X2!
    Glad everything turned out ok! :)
     
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    Glad everything turned out okay! These shark week shows are enough to make me never want to go surfing.
     
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    move to san diego and not worry about sharks! just jelly fish and stingrays.... and great surf!
     
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    On a kharma kinda note........If you play around in something's dinner plate, like the ocean, woods or swamps, don't eat shark meat or alligator meat or bear. That way maybe nothin bad'll eat ya when kayak/canoeing/water skiing or surfing or mt bike ridin. I have had a couple of way too close encounters out surfing before too. Glad it was only that for you & school the wife on what draws their attention. Teach her the art of invisibility, lol.
     
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