yikes!

Discussion in 'Surfing' started by Couch, May 18, 2018.

  1. Couch

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    So here is some "food for thought...." Our friend who owns Coast Chandlery Yacht Sales wanted to see some white sharks he'd been hearing all about off Carpenteria/Summerland beaches so he took his 35' power boat out with his family and saw.......wait for it.....SEVENTEEN juvenile white sharks 6-9' within 30 minutes! He has a ton of pictures/video and I will try to get him to send me a few to post.....time to get a bigger board!

    COUCH
     
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  2. Bighouse

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    We’re gonna need a bigger boat.
     
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  3. pintail

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    Does he know how many were out there in the last few years, for comparison?
     
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  4. Couch

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    The past three years in particular, big increase in small juveniles off SoCal. I personally have only seen one at Leadbetter Point, 10'' or so...not too scary- kept surfing. His pics are unmistakable.
     
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  5. pintail

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    Yeah, I've read that the population is doing well and growing. I hate that it's at the expense of the local pinniped population. We're not generally at risk with juvies, and I've paddled out after seeing one on a deserted day at a favorite spot.
     
  6. Couch

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    and here it is folks....this is just a guppy at about 8' or so....now add 15 or 16 more this size in an area less than 1/2 mile...and you have yourself a reason to buy a bigger boat...or at least be in one! LOL
     
  7. Bighouse

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    I would rethink my solo dawn patrols if I lived where you lived. We gots sharks, big ones, but always a mile or two offshore.
     
  8. Couch

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    roger that....every day this week so far my point spot has been filled with seals and dolphins too....not sure why there is so much action lately....had a scare yesterday when one boiled up right beside me (dolphin).....our sharks like to be in shore after crossing half the Pacific when they've pupped and the little ones hang out for months in the warmer inner near shore waters eating rays and such until they are large enough to switch menus.
     
  9. Dawnpatrol

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    Yep! Experts claim (haven't seen the specific literature cited) these 8' critters are juveniles frequenting the beach zone in search of fish, primarily the most abundant leopard sharks. The "theory" is that these GWs are too small to take down sea lions in excess of 1,500 pounds. Hmmmm? Harbor seals weigh a lot less and so do most surfers. An 8' GW is a critter to be respected either during a dawn go out or anytime for that matter. Up here in the PNW we don't or haven't yet seen the juvenile numbers seen off of SoCal. Lots of reasons for this but we do have those 14'-20' GW females that love to frequent rocky headlands in search of haul out areas for pinnipeds in the spring and the fall.
     
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  10. Surfnfish

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    hot charger in our hood, Tony 'Pez" Perez, has been hit twice by large white's in the same 5 mile stretch...both times during early fall when the salmon have moved inshore and the pinnipeds just outside the lineup hunting them...both times huge bites taken out of the board, while he managed to eject without a scratch...

    buy a f'n lottery ticket, Pez..
     
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