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Sharks off Cape Hatteras

Postby Hugh2 » Tue Jul 28, 2020 2:31 am

In 35 years of windsurfing and kitesurfing at Cape Hatteras, admittedly mostly in the sound, I have only seen a few sharks. But last week on my only downwind run from Hatteras village to Frisco bathhouse I saw five sharks. The guys I rode with were playing in the waves and did not see any, but I was underpowered and instead was kiting outside and riding the swells. The sharks were perhaps 5-6 feet and had a beautiful brown/blue coloration and "typical" shape. I've been trying to identify them, but with such fleeting views it is unclear. I think I've narrowed it down to black-nosed and spinner. Just one other kiter who was riding in the ocean I talked to had seen one of them. It sure makes one get back up on a strapless surfboard quickly, although I doubt they are a real danger. (I know there was a kid bit in the shallows a week before, and I know of a kiter in Florida who was killed by small sharks, probably spinners, a few years ago.)

I've previously seen a similar one when kiting around the cape itself, and once in the sound. Other sightings were a large hammerhead which I hit the dorsal fin, and a sadly large thresher shark dead on the beach.

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Re: Sharks off Cape Hatteras

Postby palmbeacher » Tue Jul 28, 2020 9:34 am

Hugh2 wrote:
Tue Jul 28, 2020 2:31 am
In 35 years of windsurfing and kitesurfing at Cape Hatteras, admittedly mostly in the sound, I have only seen a few sharks. But last week on my only downwind run from Hatteras village to Frisco bathhouse I saw five sharks. The guys I rode with were playing in the waves and did not see any, but I was underpowered and instead was kiting outside and riding the swells. The sharks were perhaps 5-6 feet and had a beautiful brown/blue coloration and "typical" shape. I've been trying to identify them, but with such fleeting views it is unclear. I think I've narrowed it down to black-nosed and spinner. Just one other kiter who was riding in the ocean I talked to had seen one of them. It sure makes one get back up on a strapless surfboard quickly, although I doubt they are a real danger. (I know there was a kid bit in the shallows a week before, and I know of a kiter in Florida who was killed by small sharks, probably spinners, a few years ago.)

I've previously seen a similar one when kiting around the cape itself, and once in the sound. Other sightings were a large hammerhead which I hit the dorsal fin, and a sadly large thresher shark dead on the beach.
Nice - I used to see lot's of sharks while foiling in Palm Beach.

Is there any documentation on the incident with the kiter in Florida?

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Re: Sharks off Cape Hatteras

Postby Hugh2 » Tue Jul 28, 2020 3:41 pm

https://www.sun-sentinel.com/health/fl- ... story.html

I think I conflated this with a recall of a kiter being struck by spinners that were migrating along the coast, something I've seen kiting at Stuart.

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Re: Sharks off Cape Hatteras

Postby Matt_TYRCZ » Tue Jul 28, 2020 4:49 pm

Hugh2 wrote:
Tue Jul 28, 2020 2:31 am
In 35 years of windsurfing and kitesurfing at Cape Hatteras, admittedly mostly in the sound, I have only seen a few sharks. But last week on my only downwind run from Hatteras village to Frisco bathhouse I saw five sharks. The guys I rode with were playing in the waves and did not see any, but I was underpowered and instead was kiting outside and riding the swells. The sharks were perhaps 5-6 feet and had a beautiful brown/blue coloration and "typical" shape. I've been trying to identify them, but with such fleeting views it is unclear. I think I've narrowed it down to black-nosed and spinner. Just one other kiter who was riding in the ocean I talked to had seen one of them. It sure makes one get back up on a strapless surfboard quickly, although I doubt they are a real danger. (I know there was a kid bit in the shallows a week before, and I know of a kiter in Florida who was killed by small sharks, probably spinners, a few years ago.)

I've previously seen a similar one when kiting around the cape itself, and once in the sound. Other sightings were a large hammerhead which I hit the dorsal fin, and a sadly large thresher shark dead on the beach.

hey man,
I was reading your Cape Town daily logs before we went there in February ,
I live 2 hours away from Hatteras and kite there often , never seen one in the sound but definitely in the ocean , when we kite up here in Virginia Beach , we see sharks on the ocean as well , a lot of stingrays around here to feed on .

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Re: Sharks off Cape Hatteras

Postby FLandOBX » Tue Jul 28, 2020 7:17 pm

Hugh2 wrote:
Tue Jul 28, 2020 3:41 pm
https://www.sun-sentinel.com/health/fl- ... story.html

I think I conflated this with a recall of a kiter being struck by spinners that were migrating along the coast, something I've seen kiting at Stuart.
In Florida, surfers are bitten frequently by spinners on the Atlantic coast. New Smyrna Beach, Florida, is known as the "shark bite capital of the world" (more shark bites there than any where else), but the biters there are usually relatively docile spinner sharks that typically bite and then let go (they are feeding and the taste of human flesh isn't pleasant). Spinners will usually send you to the hospital for some stitches, but then leave you with not much more than a good story to tell.

When we have a fatality from a shark bite in Florida, it's usually a bull shark. Bull sharks will attack and then relentlessly continue to attack. The Gulf Coast is the site of most of the bull shark attacks in Florida. Interestingly, bull sharks also travel up the rivers in Florida, and we've had bull shark fatalities well inland from the coast.

Several years ago, a child was killed around Hatteras Village in the OBX by a bull shark. They are present on both ocean and sound sides in the OBX, but generally stay far enough out in the sound that there aren't a lot of human encounters on sound side. Any way you look at it, bull sharks are bad news and you don't want to tangle with one. :o

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Re: Sharks off Cape Hatteras

Postby JakeFarley » Wed Jul 29, 2020 1:42 am

I've never been in the water on the Atlantic coast when I did not see a shark. Seen many here on the Florida west coast. Got bit by a small blacktip years ago.

Besides it's getting close to Shark Week - https://www.discovery.com/shark-week
Got to watch Mike Tyson on August 9 at 9pm "Tyson versus Jaws: Rumble on the Reef". It's got to be funny. Last year they had Shaq week (Shaquille O'neal). They had a hard time outfitting him in scuba gear. Hilarious.

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Re: Sharks off Cape Hatteras

Postby Dave_5280 » Wed Jul 29, 2020 12:15 pm

These would be good places to test those electric shark bite prevention devices to see if they really work.

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Re: Sharks off Cape Hatteras

Postby matth » Wed Jul 29, 2020 1:20 pm

We just had another fatality here in New England.....Great White kills a swimmer in Maine.. Cape Cod now has one of the highest concentration of GW on the planet...Little scary but the odds of getting killed are extremly low.. 8) 8) 8) 8)

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Re: Sharks off Cape Hatteras

Postby knotwindy » Wed Jul 29, 2020 5:05 pm

Old joke
How can you tell if there are sharks around?
Dip your finger in, taste the water, if it taste salty there are sharks.

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Re: Sharks off Cape Hatteras

Postby Hugh2 » Wed Jul 29, 2020 6:18 pm

Want to freak yourself out? Try clicking on each of the white sharks tracked on this site and see how they cruise up and down the US east coast each season, including lots of time from Florida to North Carolina to Massachusetts, plus a few excursions into the Gulf of Mexico.

https://www.ocearch.org/tracker/?list


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