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Kayaking with Ruth and Shark

June 23rd, 2008 by william


Ruth and I are vacationing in Florida with my mother’s side of the family for a week. I rented some kayak’s for a couple of days, and we have been having great fun with them. They are the sit-on-top ocean type and are really easy to use. We headed out east this morning along the shoreline toward the Coffeen nature preserve. Huge groups of fish were schooling and jumping out of the water, and it was pretty amazing to paddle through them. The larger fish circle around the smaller ones and forced them to the surface where they can more easily attack them. This whole spectacle was pretty awesome until a much bigger fish, specifically a five-foot long sand shark, spotted us. I stopped splashing my paddles, and the shark approached from the rear of my kayak doing that wide swooping, swimming motion that is so scary to watch from above. He came with in about four feet of my boat, but decided we were not worth eating as we were drifting away from “his” school of fish.

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  • 1 Elroy Melendy Jun 23, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    You are so brave! I love kayaking but only in rivers and ponds so far. I’m not sure I could handle viewing a shark below my kayak.