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magick17
July 19th, 2012, 10:00 PM
I have my first ocean area swim in Salem mass in 1 month. There are sharks south of here. Great white sharks.
Are you ever anxious about this type of wild life? Or should I just let it go?

Fresnoid
July 19th, 2012, 11:02 PM
I have my first ocean area swim in Salem mass in 1 month. There are sharks south of here. Great white sharks.
Are you ever anxious about this type of wild life? Or should I just let it go?


How many swimmers have been bitten by a shark during an ocean race? Anywhere, ever?

jaadams1
July 20th, 2012, 12:48 AM
How many swimmers have been bitten by a shark during an ocean race? Anywhere, ever?

Do you want to be the first? I don't care to volunteer! :afraid:

orca1946
July 20th, 2012, 01:26 AM
I would ask the local swimmers/races people that question.
The local papers must have a listing of water related accidents.

ViveBene
July 20th, 2012, 01:29 AM
As I recall, the sharks are around Cape Cod, which by reason of ocean currents and sticking out so much into the Atlantic is exposed to all sorts of living things that don't necessarily get farther north. There are lots of ocean beaches in northern Mass. without reports of untoward munching.

But you might want to take up the question with the race director.

That's a lovely part of the country. I generally try to get to Crane Beach, in Essex, and Plum Island, in Newburyport, when I'm there.


I have my first ocean area swim in Salem mass in 1 month. There are sharks south of here. Great white sharks.
Are you ever anxious about this type of wild life? Or should I just let it go?

swimthegoodfight
July 22nd, 2012, 06:09 AM
Is this the wild fish swim? I swam the 2-mile last year ...very good fun. Our imaginations can run wild but I would state zero chance of a big shark at this venue.

Are various shark species in waters proximate to the course? Of course, but nothing to give a thought about...

rxleakem
July 22nd, 2012, 11:05 PM
I worry about them when I am swimming in spring-fed ponds! Watched Jaws too many times as a kid. :afraid:

Fresnoid
July 22nd, 2012, 11:18 PM
I worry about them when I am swimming in spring-fed ponds! Watched Jaws too many times as a kid. :afraid:

I got scared swimming in a 14' deep diving pool after reading the book.

knelson
July 23rd, 2012, 10:45 AM
I'll catch this bird for you, but it ain't gonna be easy. Bad fish. Not like going down the pond chasin' bluegills and tommycods. This shark, swallow you whole.

MickYoung
July 23rd, 2012, 12:39 PM
From a different group:


Very egalitarian, nurturing society, sharks. A lot of people don't
know that.

The wise matriarch sharkesses dole out crystals and healing
balms, and raise the sharklets in a communal and whole-being focused
way, while the adult male sharks are shunned and castigated, as all
males in every society should be.

Except when there is a spider in the bathtub.

ViveBene
July 23rd, 2012, 01:02 PM
How about a ROACH in the bathtub?

Some movies I will never watch.
:)

geog
July 23rd, 2012, 02:05 PM
That's a lovely part of the country. I generally try to get to Crane Beach, in Essex, and Plum Island, in Newburyport, when I'm there.

and _north_ end of Wingaersheek at low tide, and Plum Cove in Lanesville anytime

Indianaman79
July 23rd, 2012, 02:23 PM
yes - put on a black wetsuit and spalsh around like the stuff they hunt - zero chance of attack there.

its all chance. people say getting struck by lightening happens more frequent than shark attacks. but guess what? people get struck by lightening all the time. there have been an usually high number of big shark sightings in that area this year.

if you aren't comfortable with the idea of living things swimming around you then don't do it. however, if you do decide to do it - try and stay with someone or in a pack of people until the end and pull away.

ViveBene
July 23rd, 2012, 03:06 PM
Please provide a source, and specify "that area."
The swim is not taking place in the waters of Cape Cod.

Here's a decent article:
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2012/0709/Great-white-shark-sightings-up-on-East-and-West-Coasts-What-are-they-after-video
Please note that Chatham and Orleans are considered Cape.
Salem is north of Boston.

(If the sharks are after yummies, they could skip all the way to the Macchias, Maine, and munch on puffins.)


yes - put on a black wetsuit and spalsh around like the stuff they hunt - zero chance of attack there.

its all chance. people say getting struck by lightening happens more frequent than shark attacks. but guess what? people get struck by lightening all the time. there have been an usually high number of big shark sightings in that area this year.

if you aren't comfortable with the idea of living things swimming around you then don't do it. however, if you do decide to do it - try and stay with someone or in a pack of people until the end and pull away.

MickYoung
July 23rd, 2012, 03:13 PM
... if you do decide to do it - try and stay with someone or in a pack of people until the end and pull away.


AS they say, "You don't have to run faster than the bear - just faster than the other campers."

ChrisM
July 23rd, 2012, 03:49 PM
If you are in the ocean, there are sharks around you. Let it go

RuffWater
July 24th, 2012, 09:46 AM
A few days after the multiple shark sitings near Chatham, my wife and I swam from East Falmouth (Cape Cod) to Oak Bluffs (Martha's Vineyard). It was a beautiful day and a fantastic swim. Yes, the thought of sharks was with us - added a little excitement to the fun. We kept our eyes open for seals, or, more importantly, any nervous seals.

Rob Copeland
July 24th, 2012, 10:28 AM
I have my first ocean area swim in Salem mass in 1 month. There are sharks south of here. Great white sharks.
Are you ever anxious about this type of wild life? Or should I just let it go?To the best of my knowledge there has not been a fatal shark attack, north of Virginia since the 1920ís. On average there is about 1 shark related fatality in the US each year, with most of these are in Hawaii, California or Florida. And if you stay away from shark feeding grounds when sharks feed (typically at dusk and at night) you reduce your risk of an encounter even further.

According to NOAA, only about a dozen of the over 300 shark species have ever been involved in attacks on people and even fewer are fatal. So while there are sharks in most areas of the ocean (fewer each year) most of them are not man-eaters.

And even knowing these things, I sometimes get shark anxieties swimming in the ocean. Thereís nothing wrong with it, but I donít let these keep me out of the water.

E=H2O
July 24th, 2012, 08:33 PM
Just let it go.