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frederick23



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 8:35 pm    Post subject: shark/sea creature encounter stories Reply with quote

One of my top ten scuba dives was in very shallow (15ft.) of water off an outer British Virgin Island. Not the walls of Cozumel, or the reefs of Grand Cayman. Just a simple dive off a sailboat.

My brother and I are exploring a fairly churned up shallow area and we come upon a school of sweeper type fish (minnows). They school in mass, thousands. Like a big blob of mosquitos underwater moving to a symphony. We enter the mass as it moves around us. Inbound (you never see them coming), a giant barracuda begins to dart through like an arrow, collecting what it can. Left and right. Coming within a few feet of us. A little unnerving, but all is cool. Now the real fun begins. We are on the bottom, looking up to the surface just a few feet away, in about 15 feet of water, as if we are sitting in a living room watching TV. We have the barracuda piercing the mass of sweeper fish when all of a sudden, pelicans begin piercing the water from above. Giant water foul lawn darts! Boom, boom! One after another right above our heads. We were right in the middle of the lunch hour watching from the comfort of our couch on the bottom.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Similar, but from the top side. About 20 years ago, windsurfing at Arroyo Laguna, several of us, Dean Karnazes being one of them, sailed through a huge flock of Sooty Shearwaters (all brown seabirds similar to seagulls), that were flying and diving in mass at a huge school of anchovies, that were driven to the surface by predatory fish hitting them from below.
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The air was dark with them, they were going between our legs, between our bodies and rigs, and smacking into our sails. We weren't hurting any of them, otherwise we wouldn't have done it. However we did feel like we were in the middle of a very active food chain, so we were careful not to fall.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Squid jump in front of us in Belize, spreading their bodies like wings. I caught up with one and it landed on my harness bar.
about a foot long.
It seemed just as surprised as me, laying there squawking.
I slowed down to show my wife. When I put my hand on the squid to keep it from falling it launched and sprayed ink on my chest.
The stain didn't wash out of my rash guard for months.
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