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    Texas Surfer on How to Survive a Shark Attack: From 1882 - 2009, Florida has experienced 13 fatal shark attacks and averaged on ...

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    Why There Have Been 2 Galveston Shark Attacks in 3 Weeks

    Galveston, Texas isn't known for it's shark attacks, yet there have already been two in the last three weeks. A lot of people would like to know what's going on and why the sharks are suddenly so anxious to attack humans. Marine biologists tell us that shark's "don't like" the taste of human flesh, and after getting a "quick taste," usually leave the person alone. By the time the shark realizes it doesn't like the taste of human flesh, the person is often already missing a limb.

    galveston tx shark attack 213x300 Why There Have Been 2 Galveston Shark Attacks in 3 Weeks

    Shark Attack #1

    The first of the two recent attacks was on June 28, and involved a 20 year old Galveston surfer named Chad Rogers, who was surfing near 8 Mile Road. This is my favorite surf spot in Galveston… the waves are better at the Flagship, for sure, but this place offers complete privacy and some fun waves, especially if you want to cruise along the top of the water on a longboard. The coast there is lined with beach houses that have their front porches facing the water, along with many windows; it’s easy to feel like you’re the star of a show you’re putting on, as there are likely several people watching you surf from their living room.

    A guy (I forgot his name) who was in “Endless Summer 2,” who lives near Galveston (Keema, I think), told me that sharks like to feed between the first and second sand bars, which is about 60 yards out. The second sand bar is the very best place to surf out there. You can stand in knee-high water, while water just 5 feet away is 20+ feet deep and dumps some major head-high waves on you, making for an easy take off and a long, powerful ride.

    Chad was just past the second sand bar when he spotted the fin of a 5 foot bull shark, which bit his foot almost right away. Chad kicked the shark and then paddled over it to get back to shore. Having escaped a shark myself, I’m pretty sure that the paddle back to the beach was hectic and very scary. Chad’s foot required 20 stitches.

    A side note about this shark attack is that it wasn’t “leaked” to the press until after July 4th. I guess that was smart for businesses, but it was very inconsiderate of the many tourists visiting Galveston for Independence Day. Tons of adults and children were in the water with hungry sharks. As for why they’re suddenly so hungry – we’ll get to that soon.

    Shark Attack #2

    The second recent attack was just yesterday, July 16th. A fisherman named Charlie Gauzer was fishing in the same area, near 8 Mile Road, when a shark approached his boat and bit him on the leg while he stood in 3 feet of water. He said he “started to feel pain. I looked down and [there was] blood coming out of my leg.” If the shark didn’t like the taste of his leg, this is the point where it would have let go, but this shark continued to bite down even harder on Charlie’s leg as he tried to escape.

    Charlie did end up escaping, and lived to talk about the attack. The shark missed his artery, which could have led to him bleeding to death, but did sever his Achilles tendon. The shark was really close to having a distasteful but satisfying lunch.

    Why They’re Attacking

    The biologists maybe right: maybe sharks don’t like the taste of human flesh. Maybe they’re even confused about what they’re biting down on, with Galveston’s brown water, and maybe the water is even darker now due to the recent oil spill. But if I take a bite of something that doesn’t taste good, and I continue to bite down even after tasting it, it means I’m really hungry and I don’t care about the taste as much as I care about filling my hungry stomach.

    The oil rig may be capped now, but the massive death toll it took on the Gulf’s marine wildlife is going to plague us for some time. Sharks are more likely to attack now because they have less food to eat. Thousands of fish and other marine life are dead, leaving sharks wondering where their next meal is going to come from.

    The bottom line is that there comes a point when the taste of food doesn’t really matter any more. If you take all my food away, I might bite you, too.


    If you have strong feelings about the oil spill or about these shark attacks, the comments are a great place to share them. I’ll personally reply to you.

    How to Use Surf Wax in Your Hair

    This morning someone visited this website after searching for “how to use surf wax in your hair.”  I thought, why in the world would you put it in your hair? So I Googled the same phrase to find out what else was out there on this subject, and it turns out that some people think surfers get blonde hair from surf wax. That’s just funny. Don’t ever put surf wax in your hair, and don’t eat it even though it might smell good … like you did your cherry chapstick.

    Or am I wrong? If there’s some use for surf wax in your hair, please enlighten me with a comment below.

    Barricuda Jumps into Boat, Bites Girl

    Location: Off the Coast of Venice, in the Gulf of Mexico

    barracuda attacks 14 year old girl 300x234 Barricuda Jumps into Boat, Bites Girl

    A 14 year old girl who was sitting in a boat was savagely attacked by a 45 inch barracuda that jumped in to join her and her family. Koral Wira was feeling a bit seasick and sitting in a shady area of the boat when the fish hopped on board. From all accounts, the barricuda “shot out of the water, flew across the boat, and clamped onto the girl’s arm.”  It sounds like a cold, calculating, supernatural barracuda.

    Wira said, “It felt like a truck hit me … I looked down and there was blood everywhere.”

    Wira’s mother said, “It was like out of ‘Jaws,’ it was that scary.  We’ll never go back out there again. It was the most terrifying thing I’ve ever been through. I’ve never been so scared in my life.”

    Wira’s father said, “It’s the craziest thing that’s ever happened to me in my life.”

    This bite was apparently nothing to scoff at, either. The victim’s family said the bite left her arm looking like “raw hamburger.” There’s an image for you. It required 51 stitches.

    barracuda bite 300x225 Barricuda Jumps into Boat, Bites Girl

    The girl’s father said that just before the barracuda joined them, he had been fishing for barracuda and shark. Once the fish was pried loose from her arm, the father’s bait and hook were found in the fish’s mouth.

    I’d say she’s lucky it wasn’t a shark.

    Boomhaur would say, “Them dang ol’, dang ol’ crazy fish, think they can do what they want, dang ol’ crazy fish.”

    the barracuda 300x225 Barricuda Jumps into Boat, Bites Girl


    Surfing Safety: Take Your Pet Crocodile

    Showdown between a bull shark and a crocodile in Australia.

    If a bull shark and a crocodile fought, who would win? Crocodile.

    crocodile eats shark1 Surfing Safety: Take Your Pet Crocodile


    Proof that Your Beach Trash is a Problem

    Found in Safety,

    If you think the beach hires a ton of janitors to clean your mess after you leave, you're sorely mistaken.

    Beach Trash: Where Do You Come From?

    If you’re not picking up after yourself at the beach, you’re contributing to turning the beach into a dump. This may sound far fetched, but have you ever walked the beach during the week after a holiday weekend? This summer, preferably after July 4th, drive down to “The Sticks” on Padre Island, just past Corpus Christi; it’s the furthest south you can go from Bob Hall Pier before intering the preserve. Take a walk down the beach and I guarantee you, you will be able to plainly see where RV’s sat over the weekend. In a perfect outline of where they each sat, will be a line of junk and trash and used fireworks, even broken beach chairs, kids toys, broken beer bottles, and other unmentionable items.

    … Where Do You Go?

    When you leave the beach, everything you choose not to take with you, remains right there where you leave it, for weeks and sometimes months. Sometimes what you leave at the beach never gets picked up by anyone. People walking along the beach get their feet cut on broken beer bottles; vehicles get flat tires. The worst part is knowing that the people who came down south to visit us were so incredibly unappreciative of the beautiful beaches we worked so hard to keep clean for their visit. They left all their trash for us to pick up or just deal with.


    If you’re visiting South Texas beaches this summer, please please please, take your trash with you.


    If you’re a local who is tired of the beaches being trashed by visitors and other locals, join the Adopt-a-Beach program and help clean it up.

    Our Beach Could End Up Like This One

    Here are a few pictures from Russia, of a beach in St. Petersburg, to give you an idea of what eventually happens to unkempt beaches.

    beach trash 1 300x194 Proof that Your Beach Trash is a Problem

    beach trash 2 300x198 Proof that Your Beach Trash is a Problem

    beach trash 3 226x300 Proof that Your Beach Trash is a Problem

    Do you want to vacation at this beach? … Me either.

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