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They needed a bigger boat
By adamg on Wed, 09/03/2014 - 10:28pm
WCVB reports two kayakers taking seal pictures were overturned by a great white shark - which tried taking a bite out of one of their kayaks.
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oh cute... Just taking some seals pics
Don't people know by now.... Where there are seals, there are sharks!
Is that true for all of coastal New England? Because I'm pretty sure I've taking pictures of seals in and around Mount Desert Island with nary a shark in the vacinity.
I always appreciate a wise ass comment.
But I am genuinely surprised. I have been kayaking in Maine for years, seen plenty of seals but I have never seen a shark there or heard any reports of a shark sighting.
Fewer sharks there than here
though they seem to be expecting more, presently because of rising temps and seal populations. But no shark attacks in NH or ME ever! Fewer sharks and maybe fewer swimmers. http://bangordailynews.com/2014/07/14/outdoors/experts-expect-great-whit...
They follow the Gulf Stream as it warms.
Massachusetts is an interesting place of natural boundaries and the shape of Cape Cod deflects the Gulf Stream toward Europe.
The coastal species mix along what is called the tide littoral has more in common with Maryland and New Jersey down by New Bedford. It is the Mid Atlantic littoral.
The basin made by the Cape is more readily warmed and sharks follow the Cape Cod Canal.
But Cape Ann makes another boundary called the Boreal littoral where the species mix is more like Maine and the Maritimes. Coast topology changes too as the sandy barrier beaches begin to fade beyond Old Orchard and change to pebbles and then cobbles or solid rock.
And there are current changes that probably discourage sharks where you get upwelling of cold water to feed the base plankton melange that everything else depends on.
How do you know
There wasn't a shark around?
"I've still got all my extremities."
They must not have got the memo
..from here or any number of other outlets that reported the Great White in Duxbury a week or so ago.
Nor do they have much understanding of coastal processes that have been going on forever where late summer water warming offshore makes thermoclines of welcoming temps a shark finds most inviting when added to the prospect of a seal buffet.
Good thing the fish bit a snootful of fiberglass and decided it wasn't too appetizing.
"They could have no idea what was lurking below."
Oh for heaven's sake. Two women who (seemingly) own their own kayaks and live in Southeastern Massachusetts had no idea there were sharks in these waters?
Looks like there are going to
Looks like there are going to be two kayaks for sale in Plymouth...
Actually if a great white left teeth marks in MY kayak and I lived to tell, I'd probably hang it over the mantle.
I am pretty wary of swimming around a eals for exactly this reason but in fairness, it's still a wildly unusual occurrence. Having grown up in the "Jaws" age I was convinced that sharks ate a few people every summer--lo and behold, it turns out that there have only been four fatal shark attacks in Massachusetts ever--think the last was in 1936?