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Very scarey photo....SNOPES says it's real


Michael_B

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Scary yes. But not quite as spontaneous or dangeroud as you might think from the caption.

This was actually part of a research project to observe Great Whites close up. This picture was taken as the team was testing the hypothesis that a Great White would not take much notice of a kayaker. They had extensively tested their hypothesis with empty kayaks, but for all they knew, the Great White could have been more intent on the contents of the boat than the boat itself. So the kayaker in the picture was not altogether sure he would not become dinner. But it worked out fine, and they used kayaks for the research thereafter.

Complete Snopes link --

http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/sharkkayak.asp

--David.

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>Hmm....

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>I wonder what Adam Bolonsky would use for a lure for this

>one? A half-size gray seal imitator? It might be

>interesting to land.

From reading the trip reports, it sounds like if Adam and Mark go fishing Adam would get one and Mark would end up with two. Mark possibly doing a rolling landing the fish under water and coming up with the original fish and the new fish.

Could be another great trip report.

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In "Deep Trouble" aka "Stupid People Sink" there is an account of a kayak attacked by a shark. The theory advanced was the similarity in shape to a seal. So whether you get attacked or not may have to do with what the shark is used to munching on. On the other hand, sharks have been recorded ranging thousands of miles so its safe to say that any cohabitation of the water with one of these prehistoric beasts is a personal choice.

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...was on a shorter boat than a typical sea kayak. It was much more similar in size and width to a sea lion. This topic came up elsewhere recently and only one attack on a sea kayak came to light. It was a Dagger Meridian being paddled in the Carolinas that was bitten on the stern and released immediately. There are no seals down there, so it was more likely a confused/curious shark than a case of being mistaken for a seal.

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