Forget dolphins, find inner peace swimming with sharks

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Forget dolphins, find inner peace swimming with sharks

Postby dreamon on Fri Jan 16, 2009 11:33 am

Gisborne shark chaser Boyd McGregor has just one piece of advice if you are "lucky enough" to come
across a shark while out at sea. "My advice is just enjoy the experience. ... even if a shark attacks
you, you're probably not going to know about it anyway," says Boyd.

After hearing one of Boyd's fishing tales about how a shark nearly ate his 120hp outboard motor,
we arrive at a spot in the vast Bay of Plenty about 25km off the Whakatane coastline.

It's a serene place which ticks all the boxes for shark viewing. A change in water colour from greenish
to blue shows where the shark's food supply of albacore tuna is likely to run, and birds - which chase
the fish - and the reef structures provide the clues Boyd and first mate Warren Veall seek.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10552245

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I can see how that choice is tough. Swim with Shark that thinks you are its next meal or a very cute
loving dolphin, that just wants to play and be friends. Hard to decide. NOT!!!

Dolphins win out every time in my book. I would love a chance to swim with Dolphins.

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Re: Forget dolphins, find inner peace swimming with sharks

Postby CielOnTap on Fri Jan 16, 2009 1:14 pm

Dolphins can be aggressive (ex-military ones, or ones with attitude issues and maybe without own pod) but are mostly curious/friendly. As for swimming with sharks, the idea sounds scary. Though it does appeal to individuals wanting an adrenaline rush more than most people. Be prepared with health insurance/funeral plans just in case you don't live to tell about the experience.
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Re: Forget dolphins, find inner peace swimming with sharks

Postby smitty on Fri Jan 16, 2009 4:43 pm

True many consider me a bit on the crazie side & when they go back into my younger yrs--------well I guess they were right. Still feeling friendly or casual with a shark----sorry but I never was that crazie in past yrs or even now.
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Re: Forget dolphins, find inner peace swimming with sharks

Postby dreamon on Fri Jan 23, 2009 9:25 pm

Sharks are not your cup of tea? How about Manatees? Like dolphins they are a lot nicer.


A swim with manatees: No splashing, please

It was just after 8 on a cloudy January morning as the flat-bottomed pontoon boat made its way over the glassy surface of Kings Bay, 600 acres of fresh water in Crystal River, Florida. The bay, actually a spring-fed pool, is rimmed by attractive homes and lush greenery along its many coves and lagoons, but aboard the boat, no one cared.

Huddled on aluminum benches were 10 wet-suited comrades. We represented a variety of countries and ages, but on this particular morning, we all wanted the same thing: to swim with the bay's most famous residents, West Indian manatees.

No, they are not seals or sea lions. Manatees, or sea cows, as they are sometimes called, are aquatic mammals that can grow to 13 feet and over 3,000 pounds, even though they eat only plants.


http://www.iht.com/articles/2009/01/23/travel/23american.php


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Re: Forget dolphins, find inner peace swimming with sharks

Postby CielOnTap on Wed Feb 25, 2009 4:53 pm

Bahamas resort provides safe haven for injured dolphins
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TRACY MCLAUGHLIN PHOTOS
Leah Lackey, top, with help from a trainer, learns how to keep dolphins hydrated. Several of the marine mammals were relocated to Dolphin Cay at Atlantis from Katrina-ravaged Mississippi, some of them bearing scars from their ordeal, where they have been nursed back to health.

Feb 26, 2009 04:30 AM
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PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas–If Toni the dolphin and her friends could talk to humans, they would have an amazing story to tell of survival and rescue.

Swept out to sea when Hurricane Katrina destroyed their home at Marine Life Oceanarium in Gulfport, Miss., in 2005, Toni and seven other dolphins were found hungry and dehydrated 12 days later in the Gulf of Mexico. The eight dolphins were eventually airlifted to the seven interconnected pools that make up Dolphin Cay at the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island, where they were reunited with eight other Oceanarium dolphins that had waited out the storm in hotel swimming pools.

"They were so happy to be together again," says dolphin trainer Travis Evans.

They all bear Katrina scars, but the large chunk missing from Toni's dorsal fin is the most severe.

"A pier fell on her," says Evans.

Two of the Katrina dolphins have given birth at Atlantis and, thanks to the team of veterinarians and marine specialists, all have been nursed back to health. http://www.thestar.com/Travel/article/592362

Dolphins and their sonar use are more interesting than sharks.
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Re: Forget dolphins, find inner peace swimming with sharks

Postby pysanky on Thu Feb 26, 2009 3:31 pm

Dolphins are mystery and surprise for me. Sharks are business bosses in water. Not so fun to read about sharks, so why anyone swim with one? Head exam needed.
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Re: Forget dolphins, find inner peace swimming with sharks

Postby CielOnTap on Mon Mar 02, 2009 6:06 pm

How surfers gauge their shark risk: it is all about the waves. Minor encounters with sharks do not scare the surfers looking for the water action to board upon.

Something to chew on: waves or sharks?
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ANY serious surfer knows the best waves are at dawn and dusk, when the light is soft, the wind drops and the swell gathers into distinct glassy lines. Any serious surfer also knows that dawn (ask Avalon's Andrew Lindop) and dusk (ask Bondi's Glenn Orgias) are the times of day most favoured by the creature known, fearfully yet affectionately, as Man in the Grey Suit.

So do three serious attacks in three weeks threaten the great traditions of dawn patrol and evening glass-off?

Not according to the surf watcher Don Norris, who said that "in a surfer's thinking, perfect waves trump sharks every time". Put another way, a surfer participant in Mr Norris's web forums wrote yesterday that "each year more people choke on shark than are attacked by them".

The dawn patrol was fairly quiet on the northern beaches yesterday, but Mr Norris, who drives up and down the peninsula daily to compile reports for his Realsurf website, said "this had much more to do with the poor waves than the shark attack [at Avalon on Sunday]". http://www.smh.com.au/national/something-to-chew-on-waves-or-sharks-20090302-8me7.html?page=1
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Re: Forget dolphins, find inner peace swimming with sharks

Postby pretzels on Mon Mar 02, 2009 10:20 pm

Can't swim with the newest dolphin (pink!) in the pod-
Pink dolphin appears in US lake
The world's only pink Bottlenose dolphin which was discovered in an inland lake in Louisiana, USA, has become such an attraction that conservationists have warned tourists to leave it alone.

Last Updated: 12:45PM GMT 02 Mar 2009

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Pinky the rare albino dolphin has been spotted in Lake Calcasieu in Louisiana, USA Photo: CATERS NEWS

Story here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/4927224/Pink-dolphin-appears-in-US-lake.html
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Re: Forget dolphins, find inner peace swimming with sharks

Postby dreamon on Sat Mar 14, 2009 10:12 am

Great white sharks had humble beginnings
Well-preserved fossil suggests the ocean giants were once even bigger

A well-preserved fossil of a four- to five-million-year-old great white shark species, complete with 222 sharp teeth, suggests the ocean giants were once even bigger, and that they evolved from the fish-eating relatives of today's mako sharks.

The fossil, excavated at the now-arid Pisco Formation region of Peru, could resolve an ongoing debate among shark experts: Did the great white evolve from so-called "megatooth", or Megalodon, sharks, the largest sharks to ever inhabit the planet, or are they more closely related to modern mako sharks?

It is now clear that the ancient great white species shared habitat with the world's biggest megatooth, Carcharocles megalodon, a 60-foot monster whose jaw may have gaped wider than nine feet. Its megamouth could have been used to investigate, and perhaps swallow, the ancient whales, sea turtles, seals, penguins and even aquatic sloths that shared this part of Peru when it supported a shallow marine environment.


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Gives a whole new meaning to Jaws. I would say they were built like a tank, and thankfully extinct. They could probably swallow the whole tank.

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Re: Forget dolphins, find inner peace swimming with sharks

Postby dragonfly on Tue Mar 24, 2009 8:13 pm

How about SEALS?

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Agile, friendly, well-proportioned and extremely cute. If that's the kind of swimming companion you yearn for, head for Baird Bay. This little settlement (resident human population eight, plus several hundred pelicans) on South Australia's Eyre Peninsula is secluded and beyond mobile phone range.

"There's not a lot of passing trade," admits Alan Payne, who runs Baird Bay Ocean Eco Apartments with his wife Trish. Yet business on this stretch of honey-coloured beach is brisk. Visitors from all over the world travel here to frolic in the sea, 14 or so at a time, with some of the planet's most engaging and impressive swimmers dolphins and sea lions. Alan takes visitors out to the favoured swim spots by launch, which is how I find myself sitting on deck in a wetsuit with a few other enthusiasts, reading a safety card: "Do not, under any circumstances, jump or dive into the water off the vessel" And so on.

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