Thursday, August 20, 2009

What could possibly bring theLucky out of summer hiding?

Obvious it is a white shark sighting off the coast of Massachusetts. kayakers were paddling about a third of a mile off Chatham’s Lighthouse Beach on Saturday morning near a sandbar, where there is a colony of gray seals, when they had their close encounter, said Bruce Bean, 57, of Newton, who was with a friend, Rod MacKinnon of Brewster.

The men, experienced sea kayakers who have traveled the area many times, said they saw a seal about 20 to 30 feet away jumping out of bloody water and a black fin just 4 feet away from it. The fin extended about a foot above the water.

The seal jumped again, then swam toward the men and surfaced just 5 feet from their kayaks with “a big cloud of blood surrounding him,’’ said Bean.

“There was so much blood in the water when he surfaced that we couldn’t see past his head and shoulders’’ to determine what his injuries were, Bean said. The seal then headed in the direction of the sandbar.

Greg Skomal, a shark specialist with the state Division of Marine Fisheries, said the men apparently witnessed a great white shark hunting down its prey, adding that the report came from an area where similar sightings have been made in the past.

“We think it’s a great white shark,’’ Skomal said. “There’s not many species of sharks in New England that would attack a seal. . . . It’s certainly not a new phenomenon. It’s a natural event that’s been going on for a few years.’’

If you know anything about me or this blog you would know that I have been preaching that durning the summer months there is a large colony of white sharks not far off the coast of Massachusetts.

Props to the kayakers for doing the right thing.
With only thin hulls separating them from the ocean, the men pulled their kayaks together so as to appear bigger to the shark, following advice one of them had once received from a shark expert

This is exactly what they should have done.

I am sure what they saw looked like something like this.

At some point a shark is going to hit a human. Warnings should be out at least alerting people that specific areas are shark feeding grounds. This will cause panic, but in the society that we live in now with warning on everything, the public should know the facts.

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