attacks by great white sharks -- and all sharks, for that matter -- are exceedingly rare. There have been 106 shark attacks along the West Coast since the Department of Fish and Game began keeping statistics in 1952. Just 10 have been fatal.
TriStarEnvy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2265 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 5795 times:
We get a few in FLA. It's more common to get nailed by a stingray. They encourage folks to do the "stingray shuffle" by dragging ones feet along the bottom when you are in the water to let 'em know you are coming.
If you don't stand for SOMETHING, you'll fall for ANYTHING.
Exceprt from the above-article on NJ's recorded 5 fatal attacks:
Five fatal shark attacks have been recorded in the state, including four attributed to a great white that prowled the coast in 1916 and inspired the story behind Jaws. The fifth fatal attack was in 1926.
Side Note: It was around this time 30 years ago that Jaws was first released in theaters.
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"TransEastern! You'll feel like you've never left the ground because we treat you like dirt!" SNL Parady ad circa 1981
I disagree. A shark attack IS serious. Just ask anyone who's ever been attacked by one. If people like you spread lies and misinformation such as that quoted above, it could impact one's desire to go swimming in a particular region, affect tourism, etc.
One example from the 2001 Florida shark attack frenzy:
Richard Vyse, manager of the New Smyrna Beach Holiday Inn and Suites, said that since Friday he has lost almost 60 percent of his Labor Day reservations because of the shark scare, even though most of the shark encounters have been north of his hotel.
Thank you for the clarification. But if you don't feel it's serious, don't make up lies about it. Or just check a source. That's not too much to ask. Maybe you just like to seem like you know what you're talking about and hope no one will call you one it... who knows. Nevertheless, a lesson learned.
AA61Hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 55
Reply 11, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 5757 times:
Quoting Drerx7 (Reply 9): They say it was either a young white shark or a sandbar shark--anybody have anymore in depth news on that. The shark responsible for those 1916 attacks was a Bull Shark--it can swim in fresh water
If you're talking about the one in NJ when the shark swam up the stream and killed a dog and a kid it was a Great White. I watched a documentary on it, it was a freak one, going into the stream and all.
Drerx7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5392 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 5750 times:
It was not a Great White that swam up the creek--it was a Bull Shark--Great Whites cannot swim in fresh water--that documentary says they thought it was a White shark at first--but it was a Bull Shark as revealed later in the show.
Drerx7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5392 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 5727 times:
Yeah--the proof came in that the attacks occured in fresh water--the Bull Shark is the only shark that can live in fresh water--they've been found in the Mississippi, Amazon, and Lake Ponchatrain--and in inland waterways on the Gulf Coast.
Awwwww, how cute. Someone from New Jersey is trying to bang on Upstate NY. Lucky for us LHMark, we live in Western NY, but I'll play along. Let's compare city boy. We have reasonable living costs here. We can rent 2 houses for what a studio apartment costs in the big city...unless you live in Newark...the biggest waste of space outside of the South. For water activities not only is there Lake Ontario, but also the finger lakes that all provide different things...oh and they are all shark free. We have not only a decent mid-sized city, but with a short drive we also have wide open spaces. Mountains, lakes, winery's trails ect. All 30 minutes or so away from the nearest Best Buy or Home Depot. Oh, and we can also all own cars over here and we don't have to worry about some scumbag from Newark jacking our ride (as we all know they are too busy in their own pit of a city to bother with cars 6 hours away). The best thing about New Jersey is a fictional T.V. show about the Mafia. Hell, didn't the U.S. try and give Britian Jersey back a few years ago and they wouldn't even take it? Don't pile on us becuase you have an inferiority complex to NYC and any place that has more flowers in the city then dead bodys, drug users, and needles lying around.
LHMARK From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 42
Reply 23, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 5620 times:
Ease up, KROC. From Bayonne to Cape May, The Jersey Shore has a lot going for it, too. Great pizza, for one thing. And Jersey leads the nation in license plate production and asphalt per square mile. Also, don't forget about the sports teams- The Nets, the Giants, the Newark Bears and the Trenton Whatevers. And driving the NJ turnpike is a great experience when traffic is actually moving, you get to test your brakes every couple miles when you have to come to a dead stop to throw a quarter into a basket.
As for the Jersey Shore (aka the "Italian Riviera"), Those beaches that aren't eroding into nothingness can be quite lovely. They proudly sell the New Jerseyite's favorite snack, salty taffy, and the shore features some of the world's oldest log flume rides on it's myriad boardwalks.
In addition, the Jersey Shore proudly boasts the "Las Vegas of the East," That jewel in the sandy crown- Atlantic City, a textbook example on what large-scale legal gambling can do to really turn a city around.
All in all, the Jersey Shore is a wonderful place to unwind, relax, and maybe get a tentacle burn or two. As the travel agents like to say:
"New Jersey- take a vacation from your vacation."
"Sympathy is something that shouldn't be bestowed on the Yankees. Apparently it angers them." - Bob Feller
FDXMECH From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3251 posts, RR: 30
Reply 24, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5597 times:
Quoting Drerx7 (Reply 14): Yeah--the proof came in that the attacks occured in fresh water--the Bull Shark is the only shark that can live in fresh water--they've been found in the Mississippi, Amazon, and Lake Ponchatrain--and in inland waterways on the Gulf Coast.
Matawan Creek is brackish water. Goes up and down with the tide.
You're only as good as your last departure.
: Half Moon Bay is just a 25 minute drive down Pacific Coast Hiway. Half Moon Bay is a small sleepy town for now with a few little shops that surfers l
: refer to http://www.njscuba.net/biology/sw_fish_sharks_inshore.html pretty good explanation of the Matawan Creek incident.
: Thanks for the link. I live a few hundred yards from that spot. When I was young my dad used to tell me stories of the attack. Yet it almost seemed li
: Another exerpt from the earlier-posted Philadelphia Inquirer article regarding the type of shark suspected in Sunday's attack (for those that aren't
: I remember a fisherman cause a small tiger shark off a pier downtown San Francisco several years ago. It was about 5 feet long. I didn't see him catch
: Macos also breech. What the hell does that mean? Hmmm, just like a great white. Most all shark teeth are serrated. BaylorAirBear
: Some samples of shark teeth (a great white's is shown on the second photo below) While many sharks have serrated teeth, a great white's serrations (w
: PHLBOS, the context is the same. I'm scrutinizing his comments, not yours. The environmental conditions make it no more likely that a white shark woul
: BaylorAirBear, No earlier offense taken. For what it's worth, the portion of the article that I posted were quotes from a George H. Burgess; who's th
: No worries! Burgess is quite authoritative when it comes to shark bites. I don't doubt that, considering the number of cases he has reviewed, he can m
: I do remember reading about the Matawan Creek attack when I was down in LBI 3 weeks ago. I was in the Beach haven area shortly before this latest atta