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aunt kymmie 10-24-2010 10:57 AM

Shark Fatality
What happened Friday up our California coast:

Calif. Beaches Closed After Deadly Shark Attack : NPR

Poor kid. I wonder what I'll be thinking about when I paddle out to go surfing??
The men in gray suits are always lurking...

thefishboy 10-24-2010 11:02 AM

Poor guy............................. :cry:

aunt kymmie 10-24-2010 11:52 AM

I feel terrible for his mother. The kid was only 19 and in college. :-(

Romad 10-24-2010 11:56 AM

What a horrible way to go. Ugh.

Please be careful out there Kym.

Inga 10-24-2010 12:08 PM

I can't even go into fresh wateranymore without hearing the theme song to "Jaws" in my head. Shark attacks are relatively rare in comparison to other things that take human life. Bee stings, car accidents etc... The amount of people afraid of sharks vs. cars or bees however, is staggering. The damage that humans have inflicted on shark populations is tragic as well. Is it because these types of attacks are so rare but so violent that they are always in our minds when we are in the water? Is it because it is so sudden and we don't see it coming?

When something like this happens, one cannot help but feel a sense of panic and deep sorrow for the victim and of course, their family. Prayer's for Lucas' family.

Also, I second the "Be careful, Kymmie"

I assume they close off the beaches to cut off the food supply so the shark moves out of the area?

aunt kymmie 10-24-2010 03:17 PM

I agree with you, Inga. Whenever I read about the US statistics as far as having a heart attack, cancer, etc. in comparison to being attacked by a shark the odds are pretty low. These statistics are based on the entire US population so in my mind the statistic is skewed. I wonder what the statistic would be if they based it only on people who spent time in the ocean? Still pretty low, I would think.

This morning the waves were lousy and there weren't many of us out there. I think it was just because the waves were crap and not due to any shark paranoia. A few of my friends just love it when there are shark sightings because it dwindles the number of yahoos trying to catch the same waves as they are. The only time I ever even think about sharks is when I'm out there with just one or two friends and it's a really long time between sets. It's at times like those that even a simple shadow below the surface freaks me out. I remember once seeing a shadow as big as my board, my heart skipped about ten beats before I realized it was my own board casting the shadow. As much as it scares me I can't stay out of the water. There's just something really, really fantastic about the ocean that I haven't found anywhere else on our planet.

You know, I really don't know why they close the beaches. Maybe to assuage the public's fear? These shark attacks aren't based on a rogue man eater. Of California's seven shark attacks in ten years (in which four were fatal) it's been a case of mistaken identity. The shark "thinks" seal, takes a chomp, and then releases, realizing it's not food, and then takes off. The problem is the size and severity of these bites. Pretty hard to survive something that can drain your body of blood in less than five minutes.

thefishboy 10-24-2010 03:22 PM

U go diving dont you aunt kymmie?? You must see some lovely array of fishes including sharks??

aunt kymmie 10-24-2010 03:36 PM


Originally Posted by thefishboy (Post 498895)
U go diving dont you aunt kymmie?? You must see some lovely array of fishes including sharks??

The only sharks I have ever seen where black tipped reef sharks in Tahiti and it wasn't scary at all as they were all shorter and smaller than me. The barracuda I saw there made me freeze with fear. Seriously, I stayed suspended without moving until they went away. Scared the you know what out of me.
My favorite place to go diving is the Hawaiian Islands. There are 300 species of fish that are found there that are no where else in the world. It's a spectacular place. If I could pick up my house and move it there I would. Unfortunately, the sky high real estate prices will prevent me from ever moving there in this life time. :-(
I've seen so many great wonderful things while on dive vacations. It's too bad there's not much to see off my coast, it's just not tropical enough.

thefishboy 10-24-2010 03:37 PM

Sounds amazing ive always wanted to go to hawaii also see black tipped reef sharks!!

aunt kymmie 10-24-2010 03:40 PM


Originally Posted by thefishboy (Post 498907)
Sounds amazing ive always wanted to go to hawaii also see black tipped reef sharks!!

You should definitely put a trip to Hawaii on your bucket list. You will NOT be disappointed!:-D

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