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What animal have you encountered on the water?

Postby Hawaiis » Tue Jun 25, 2013 5:59 am

here is my encounter with an endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal. there are only about a thousand left in the world. and probably less than a hundred in the waters off Oahu.

https://vimeo.com/69030881


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Re: What animal have you encountered on the water?

Postby plummet » Tue Jun 25, 2013 7:05 am

I had a similar experience once. thought it was a gumboot floating in the water. The gumboot looked around at me grinned and blasted off under the water... very cool. Yes it was a seal not a gumboot.

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Re: What animal have you encountered on the water?

Postby Ozzie » Tue Jun 25, 2013 7:22 am

So far, big jellyfish. When they get you it hurts you.

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Re: What animal have you encountered on the water?

Postby Toby » Tue Jun 25, 2013 7:49 am

On Isla Holbox, Mexico I had dolphins swimming under me...I had goosebumps, just amazing!

In Egypt I almost hit a dolphin, just showed up right in front of me.

In Egypt and Brazil I saw several times a turtle.

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Re: What animal have you encountered on the water?

Postby sarc » Tue Jun 25, 2013 7:55 am

Hammerhead shark. At Cronulla, Australia. Almost ran it over. It was about 30cm long, must have been a newborn!

Bluebottle jellyfish. ON-MY-RIGHT-EYE-AND-EAR. Also at Cronulla. F**K Bluebottles.

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Re: What animal have you encountered on the water?

Postby sarc » Tue Jun 25, 2013 7:58 am

Oh, and flying fish... they are the best! Jump out right in front of ya and glide for soooo long...

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Re: What animal have you encountered on the water?

Postby Eurus » Tue Jun 25, 2013 8:08 am

Something amazing (and at times equally frightening) about kite surfing is how close we actually get to the marine life. My list so far consists of sharks, turtles, sting ray, jelly fish (Man O War are beautiful but deadly), more variety of fish than I can name, lots of dolphin, massive manta rays, lots of sharks, more sharks, still more sharks, and the occasional manatee. It's a pretty amazing sport that lets you get so close to nature. A few weeks back I kited right through a feeding frenzy of juvenile bonnet head sharks chasing down a school of sting ray on some flats. Pretty amazing sight in about 3 feet of water. Probably only about 20 sharks in the water but it seemed like a thousand at the time.

A few years back I kited directly over a 12 foot bull shark who was sitting in about 5 feet of water and it scared the living shit out of me. It was a sobering reminder that big things with lots of teeth live in the water we kite on.

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Re: What animal have you encountered on the water?

Postby nikalaitzian » Tue Jun 25, 2013 8:43 am

Homo sapiens :(

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Re: What animal have you encountered on the water?

Postby sarc » Tue Jun 25, 2013 8:43 am

Ayahuasca wrote:Something amazing (and at times equally frightening) about kite surfing is how close we actually get to the marine life. My list so far consists of sharks, turtles, sting ray, jelly fish (Man O War are beautiful but deadly), more variety of fish than I can name, lots of dolphin, massive manta rays, lots of sharks, more sharks, still more sharks, and the occasional manatee. It's a pretty amazing sport that lets you get so close to nature. A few weeks back I kited right through a feeding frenzy of juvenile bonnet head sharks chasing down a school of sting ray on some flats. Pretty amazing sight in about 3 feet of water. Probably only about 20 sharks in the water but it seemed like a thousand at the time.

A few years back I kited directly over a 12 foot bull shark who was sitting in about 5 feet of water and it scared the living shit out of me. It was a sobering reminder that big things with lots of teeth live in the water we kite on.

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Re: What animal have you encountered on the water?

Postby Tone » Tue Jun 25, 2013 8:48 am

Egypt - Ray, dolphin, flying fish and too many jelly fish.
UK - porpoise, basking shark, lots of fish


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