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(Slate)   Hey, kids - the great white sharks are back   (slate.com) divider line 41
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2013-07-03 10:28:57 AM
nooooo thank you.
 
2013-07-03 10:42:47 AM
That picture doesn't look like a Great White - more like a mako.  Great White teeth are more triangular than pointy.
 
2013-07-03 10:49:27 AM
I've been circled by a 15 foot black tip in the Gulf once.. A few of us were out to the third sandbar quite a ways from the beach and felt a swish under the water then the fin pops up and circles us for about 15 hours. It was actually about 2 minutes but it felt like a day. Thankfully it just swam off into the sunset.

The scary part about great whites is that they will come right up to the beach almost. They'll chase a seal or a perceived seal into two feet of water.
 
2013-07-03 10:55:10 AM
Great Whites, huh?

I was bitten once, now I'm twice shy...
 
2013-07-03 11:01:50 AM
We're gonna need a bigger thread.
 
2013-07-03 11:10:57 AM

syrynxx: That picture doesn't look like a Great White - more like a mako.  Great White teeth are more triangular than pointy.


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who says i have pointy teeth!
 
2013-07-03 11:34:24 AM
i42.tinypic.com

Y'all know me. Know how I earn a livin'. I'll catch this bird for you, but it ain't gonna be easy. Bad fish. Not like going down the pond chasin' bluegills and tommycods. This shark, swallow you whole. Little shakin', little tenderizin', an' down you go. And we gotta do it quick, that'll bring back your tourists, put all your businesses on a payin' basis. But it's not gonna be pleasant. I value my neck a lot more than three thousand bucks, chief. I'll find him for three, but I'll catch him, and kill him, for ten. But you've gotta make up your minds. If you want to stay alive, then ante up. If you want to play it cheap, be on welfare the whole winter. I don't want no volunteers, I don't want no mates, there's just too many captains on this island. $10,000 for me by myself. For that you get the head, the tail, the whole damn thing.
 
2013-07-03 11:34:54 AM
Don't call it a comeback...
 
2013-07-03 11:41:54 AM

NewportBarGuy: [i42.tinypic.com image 400x267]

Y'all know me. Know how I earn a livin'. I'll catch this bird for you, but it ain't gonna be easy. Bad fish. Not like going down the pond chasin' bluegills and tommycods. This shark, swallow you whole. Little shakin', little tenderizin', an' down you go. And we gotta do it quick, that'll bring back your tourists, put all your businesses on a payin' basis. But it's not gonna be pleasant. I value my neck a lot more than three thousand bucks, chief. I'll find him for three, but I'll catch him, and kill him, for ten. But you've gotta make up your minds. If you want to stay alive, then ante up. If you want to play it cheap, be on welfare the whole winter. I don't want no volunteers, I don't want no mates, there's just too many captains on this island. $10,000 for me by myself. For that you get the head, the tail, the whole damn thing.


such a great performance.
 
2013-07-03 11:54:03 AM

FlashHarry: such a great performance.


Because now I have to...

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Japanese submarine slammed two torpedoes into our side, Chief. We was comin' back from the island of Tinian to Leyte... just delivered the bomb. The Hiroshima bomb. Eleven hundred men went into the water. Vessel went down in 12 minutes. Didn't see the first shark for about a half an hour. Tiger. 13-footer. You know how you know that when you're in the water, Chief? You tell by looking from the dorsal to the tail fin. What we didn't know, was our bomb mission had been so secret, no distress signal had been sent. They didn't even list us overdue for a week. Very first light, Chief, sharks come cruisin', so we formed ourselves into tight groups. You know, it was kinda like old squares in the battle like you see in the calendar named "The Battle of Waterloo" and the idea was: shark comes to the nearest man, that man he starts poundin' and hollerin' and screamin' and sometimes the shark will go away... but sometimes he wouldn't go away. Sometimes that shark he looks right into ya. Right into your eyes. And, you know, the thing about a shark... he's got lifeless eyes. Black eyes. Like a doll's eyes. When he comes at ya, doesn't seem to be living... until he bites ya, and those black eyes roll over white and then... ah then you hear that terrible high-pitched screamin'. The ocean turns red, and despite all the poundin' and the hollerin', they all come in and they... rip you to pieces. You know by the end of that first dawn, lost a hundred men. I don't know how many sharks, maybe a thousand. I know how many men, they averaged six an hour. On Thursday morning, Chief, I bumped into a friend of mine, Herbie Robinson from Cleveland. Baseball player. Boatswain's mate. I thought he was asleep. I reached over to wake him up. He bobbed up, down in the water just like a kinda top. Upended. Well, he'd been bitten in half below the waist. Noon, the fifth day, Mr. Hooper, a Lockheed Ventura saw us. He swung in low and he saw us... he was a young pilot, a lot younger than Mr. Hooper. Anyway, he saw us and he come in low and three hours later a big fat PBY comes down and starts to pick us up. You know that was the time I was most frightened... waitin' for my turn. I'll never put on a lifejacket again. So, eleven hundred men went in the water; 316 men come out and the sharks took the rest, June the 29th, 1945. Anyway, we delivered the bomb.


/Watched that movie a hundred times when I was a kid living on the beach. I loved to fish and boat, but was never that keen on taking a swim.
 
2013-07-03 11:58:59 AM

NewportBarGuy: Because now I have to...


written by an uncredited john millius, i believe. he got the date wrong (it was july 29), but the rest of it is damn-near perfect.
 
2013-07-03 12:01:37 PM

NewportBarGuy: FlashHarry: such a great performance.

Because now I have to...

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Japanese submarine slammed two torpedoes into our side, Chief....


One of the best and scariest movie scenes of all time.
 
2013-07-03 12:12:39 PM

AnotherBluesStringer: Don't call it a comeback...


Rockin' its peers and puttin' Brody in fear?
 
2013-07-03 12:18:02 PM
Well, it should hardly be a surprise, we're basically sucking the oceans free of all those pesky fish sharks like to eat.
 
2013-07-03 12:18:16 PM

xynix: I've been circled by a 15 foot black tip in the Gulf once.. A few of us were out to the third sandbar quite a ways from the beach and felt a swish under the water then the fin pops up and circles us for about 15 hours. It was actually about 2 minutes but it felt like a day. Thankfully it just swam off into the sunset.



Those things are a pain.  They'll eat your fish right off your stringer (which is why I have a do-net) or while you are hauling them in.  A couple of years ago, I took the boat to the clear water next to a long jetty.  My father and I were bringing in the Spanish Macks and Specs one after another when I spied this 3 1/2 foot blacktip milling around near the boat.  I find the biggest shrimp in the bait-well, put it on the hook, and toss it over to him.  My rig landed too close to him and in a flash of instant water churning reaction, the damn thing latches on to my popping cork (which I had camouflaged, incidentally).  He soon let it go but I had nice teeth marks in my cork.

When wade fishing in chest deep water 3/4 of a mile from the shore, I don't want to know what is swimming around out there with me.  I've heard a private pilot that flies over Galveston all the time pretty much confirm that sentiment.
 
2013-07-03 12:18:38 PM
They're not white. They're Puerto Rican
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2013-07-03 12:18:56 PM

UberDave: NewportBarGuy: FlashHarry: such a great performance.

Because now I have to...

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Japanese submarine slammed two torpedoes into our side, Chief....

One of the best and scariest movie scenes of all time.


I concur with this statement.
 
2013-07-03 12:19:05 PM
that's not a picture of a white pointer
nice work there, slate
 
2013-07-03 12:19:24 PM
That's some bad hat Harry.
 
2013-07-03 12:20:28 PM
You can stand on the National Seashore beaches on the cape and see dozens to hundreds of seals right up close in August. It's pretty cool, actually. Just don't swim with them and you'll be fine.

Swim on the bay side. Calm water, no sharks.
 
2013-07-03 12:23:29 PM

natas6.0: that's not a picture of a white pointer
nice work there, slate


yeah that's a freaking nurse shark, about the most harmless shark there is.
 
2013-07-03 12:23:48 PM

Crewmannumber6: They're not white. They're Puerto Rican
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Well, the characters are.
 
2013-07-03 12:25:19 PM
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-07-03 12:31:53 PM
ARE you GOING to CLOSE the BEACHES?!
 
2013-07-03 12:54:51 PM

FlashHarry: NewportBarGuy: Because now I have to...

written by an uncredited john millius, i believe. he got the date wrong (it was july 29), but the rest of it is damn-near perfect.


If memory serves, it was initially written by Howard Sackler, re-written by Millius, and then re-written again on-set by Robert Shaw.
 
2013-07-03 12:59:18 PM

chasd00: natas6.0: that's not a picture of a white pointer
nice work there, slate

yeah that's a freaking nurse shark, about the most harmless shark there is.


Grey Nurse Shark, actually.  Those ones have terrifying teeth, but I've read there are no known cases of attack.
 
2013-07-03 01:34:02 PM

syrynxx: That picture doesn't look like a Great White - more like a mako.  Great White teeth are more triangular than pointy.


Hush you, with all of your facts; you're ruining a perfectly good panic!

/ remember; sharks are merciless predators, that exclusively and relentlessly stalk and then eat people
 
2013-07-03 01:40:07 PM
Thank you for fixing that NewportBarGuy. Due to my almost unhealthy obsession with that movie the Boobies was really bothering me.
 
2013-07-03 01:42:51 PM
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I were on the U.S.S. Minneapolis when we ran aground, and the men had to sleep ashore.
Very first light, the hamsters came, so we formed ourselves into tight groups. It was sorta like you see in the calendars, you know the squares in the old calendars like the Battle o' Waterloo and the idea was the hamster come to the nearest man, that man he starts poundin' and hollerin' and sometimes that hamster he go away... but sometimes he wouldn't go away.
Sometimes that hamster looks right at ya. Right into your eyes. And the thing about a hamster is he's got really cute eyes. When he comes at ya, he seems to be actin' cuddly ... 'til he nibbles ya, ah then you hear that terrible high-pitched screamin'. The sand turns red, and despite all your poundin' and your hollerin' those hamsters come in and... they nibble you ever so gradually.
You know by the end of that first dawn, lost a hundred men to hamster bites and one to a paper cut fillin' out all the forms about it. I don't know how many hamsters there were, maybe ten, eleven million. I do know how many men, they averaged six an hour. Thursday mornin', Chief, I bumped into a friend of mine, Herbie Robinson from Cleveland. Baseball player. Boswain's mate. I thought he was asleep. Reached over to wake him up. Tapped him on the hand, and then I saw the blood on me own hand. Well, he'd been nibbled, and one of his cuticles was gone completely. Noon the fifth day a Lockheed Ventura swung in low and he spotted us, a young pilot. You know that was the time I was most frightened? Waitin' for my turn. I'll never go into a pet store again. So, eleven hundred men went onto that beach.
Three hundred and sixteen men come back home with their fingers and arseholes fully intact, the hamsters took the rest.
 
2013-07-03 01:45:05 PM

Lev_Astov: chasd00: natas6.0: that's not a picture of a white pointer
nice work there, slate

yeah that's a freaking nurse shark, about the most harmless shark there is.

Grey Nurse Shark, actually.  Those ones have terrifying teeth, but I've read there are no known cases of attack.


Also known as a Sand Tiger Shark.

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2013-07-03 01:53:01 PM
You only harass a polar bear once.
 
2013-07-03 01:54:01 PM

Beerguy: Lev_Astov: chasd00: natas6.0: that's not a picture of a white pointer
nice work there, slate

yeah that's a freaking nurse shark, about the most harmless shark there is.

Grey Nurse Shark, actually.  Those ones have terrifying teeth, but I've read there are no known cases of attack.

Also known as a Sand Tiger Shark.

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Huurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr rrr rrrrrrrrrrrr
 
2013-07-03 01:55:11 PM
In Pog form?
 
2013-07-03 02:27:21 PM

NewportBarGuy: FlashHarry: such a great performance.

Because now I have to...

[i42.tinypic.com image 400x267]

Japanese submarine slammed two torpedoes into our side, Chief...


And shortly after that, my personal favorite line from the film:
"He ate the light."
 
2013-07-03 03:23:21 PM
 
2013-07-03 03:58:06 PM
fta:

Fish stocks, particularly of cod, are down, and while that's mostly due to other factors such as decades of overfishing, seals are a visible target for blame.

skreened.com
 
2013-07-03 04:33:47 PM
We have lots of tiger sharks (and other, more harmless sharks) here in Hawaii. Large tigers have been spotted off Waikiki even (they were spotted by spearfishers so probably outside of the average swimmer's range but there are lots of surfers out there).

The truth of it is that most people never know that they are swimming with sharks, and most sharks most of the time don't really do anything. But if you are afraid of them, stick to the pool. They live in the ocean, there are lot of them, chances are you will never see one unless you're trying to find one but I'm any case they don't really want to eat you or Hawaii would be a bloodbath.

Great whites are a little worse than tigers in that they tend to charge prey without checking it out as thoroughly, but otherwise they are just sharks. We have them, Florida has them (LOTS), California has them, now Massachusetts has them again. Deal with it.
 
2013-07-03 04:43:06 PM

iheartscotch: syrynxx: That picture doesn't look like a Great White - more like a mako.  Great White teeth are more triangular than pointy.

Hush you, with all of your facts; you're ruining a perfectly good panic!

/ remember; sharks are merciless predators, that exclusively and relentlessly stalk and then eat people


Yeah... no one is panicking. People are flocking to the seal beaches to try and spot one, in an "Wow, that's a creature I've never seen outside of the aquarium before" kind of way. In the same way that whale watching is so popular.

People are not swimming at these beaches, which is wise. You can drive in minutes (walk in places) to the bayside and swim safely there.
 
2013-07-03 05:07:08 PM
Subtitle:

Has a marine mammal conservation program become too successful? Answer:

No.
 
2013-07-03 06:54:55 PM
You say shark, I say hey man
Jaws was never my scene
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/I'll be on my biiiiicycle
 
2013-07-03 10:53:28 PM

syrynxx: That picture doesn't look like a Great White - more like a mako.  Great White teeth are more triangular than pointy.


I think those are sandbar sharks in the pic
 
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