Bull reds literally chewed their heads off yesterday! Check out the 2nd pic. Dang bull sharks in the river are getting bad but that just adds to the excitement! Caught 11 in just a couple hours of fishing!
Following up from yesterday’s quiz. The Bull Shark sits at the top of the pile. Based on my understanding and first hand experience, the Bull Shark can adapt to both fresh and salt water really well, making them Euryhaline fishes.
Bull Shark adults swim most of their lifetime in salt water, however, when bull sharks mate, they will mate near or along the mouth of rivers and the ocean. The female will stay along the river, until gestation periods have reached, 12 months later, they will swim up rivers or estuaries, far inland, and lay their young. After which the adult bull shark will swim back to the ocean.
In Queensland, Australia, hundreds of bull sharks are presently swimming along the Brisbane river, Gold Coast, and across the world, even in lakes.
Because they can swim between salt and fresh water with ease, they are known as Diadromous.
I think a fear of sharks is inherent. When we are in the ocean we are no longer on the top of the food chain, and we cannot operate like we do on land. While this fear may be irrational, and sharks don’t pose as much of a risk as we often let ourselves believe, it can still be insanely terrifying!! .
We all have that one adrenaline junkie, ocean-loving friend who would swim with sharks. Tag them in the comments below. .
When fishing always keep your eyes on the water around you.
This Bull Shark was feeding in a depth up to around knee height, and was barely visible when it’s fin was under the water.
Sharks mostly leave you along, but sometimes they get curious and that is when accidents happen.
The Lemon Sharks were all over us and, when within about 6 ft of my camera, were looking their handsome selves.
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We believe that this female Lemon Shark is a relative of Miss Snooty but there's been no definitive proof yet. She had been seen with a great deal of puffiness around her jaw but that seems to be improving. The cause is still unknown. The latest theory is "post root canal surgery". Find this image for viewing and/or purchase on my web page at https://www.applecorpsphotography.com/ApplecorpsDiving/October-4-2019/i-T4FhDLm/A where memorable moments become works of art!
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Overheard in the water column . . .
Diver to Lemon Shark: "I don't see any obvious problems but you might want to floss more often." Find this image for viewing and/or purchase on my web page at https://www.applecorpsphotography.com/ApplecorpsDiving/October-4-2019/i-t8rv468/A where memorable moments become works of art!
The Deep Ledge presented warm, blue water top to bottom today but with a cloudiness that made viz between 30 and 40 ft depending upon the depth. Still, getting close to the sharks was very beneficial and photography was rewarding. Bull Sharks, a Caribbean Reef and even a young Silky mixed it up for us.
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There were some new shark divers today who got a chance to see up close what a large "shark hook" looks like snagged in the corner of an otherwise beautiful shark's mouth. Unfortunately, we see it all the time. Joshua made a few valiant attempts to remove it but to no avail . . . at least not this time.
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A new friend from, I think, Phoenix had a superb chance to try her GoPro skills using two GoPros simultaneously while shark diving with me today. I'm terrible at names so maybe someone else like Joshua Eccles or Randy Jordan can draw her attention to this image I captured of her.
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Another shark diver succeeds in capturing one of our sharks today in her camera . . . up close and personal. Gotta love it!
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This young adult Lemon Shark which looks like a descendent of Miss Snooty, entertained our group today. There's still some puffiness around her jaws but it seems to be getting better. She seemed healthy in every other respect.
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Overheard in the water column . . .
Lemon Shark: "BOO! I mean . . Trick or Treat! . . Whatever!" Find this image for viewing and/or purchase on my web page at https://www.applecorpsphotography.com/ApplecorpsDiving/October-4-2019/i-JVbF46X/A where special moments underwater become works of art!
Coming in for a closer look 👀
This curious bull shark came just a tad close last week but as you can see - it came, it saw, it swam away.
Did I feel threatened?
No. I was cautious.
I was fully aware that I was in IT’S ocean, in IT’S space and all divers had a full and clear briefing before the dive. We saw around 6 bulls last Wednesday and they had to be enticed up from the deeper water to around 12m - they didn’t stay for long! When the bait disappeared the sharks did too. They weren’t interested in us - we are not their prey.
Wikipedia (and many other sites) still have them down as big killers/responsible for attacks on humans when actually in 135 or so years there have been 15 bull shark bites off the coast of Florida. The problem? Murky water and lack of education. When visibility in the water is bad for us you can bet it’s bad for the shark too. Please be aware of that before you get in the water. Be vigilant and respectful - after all, it’s their ocean