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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.

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    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.

    Discussion

    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.

    Galveston Beach Houses and Real Estate for Sale



    Imagine waking up to fresh air flowing in from the sea and being able to grab your board and surf whenever the mood strikes you. You know you want it.

    If you’re looking to buy real estate in Texas in Galveston, Bolivar, or Bay Area, there’s one real estate team that can set you up with whatever you need. Billy and Ruthi are known on the Gulf Coast for providing high quality service and consistency. You can check out their current featured property on their website right now at G-TownSurf.com, including pricing and pictures of the inside and out.

    Their office is right on the Galveston Seawall, located at 4408-B Seawall Blvd. (in the same building as Ben & Jerry’s). Or just give them a call right now to talk about real estate on the coast. Billy: 409-771-8211; Ruthi: 409-771-4130.

    Galveston, Bolivar, and Bay Area Real Estate Listings

    These two links will show you pictures of numerous properties Billy and Ruthi have available right now.

    Available Island Properties

    Available RENTALS and Galveston MLS Search

    These two will take care of you. They’re both active in the Galveston community. Every single morning I wake up and check his Galveston surf report, which is promptly posted and never late. If you’re going to surf in Galveston, you have to check Billy’s surf report before you go. Not only does he tell us everything we need to know about the surf, but he and Ruthi even take pictures of the island and the surf so we know exactly what to expect. They never miss a day, and we really appreciate what they do. The bottom line is if you’re into surfing in Galveston or need help with real estate in Galveston, Bolivar, or Bay Area, you need to know who Billy and Ruthi are.

    galveston real estate Galveston Beach Houses and Real Estate for Sale

    Give them a call right now to discuss the real estate market and find out how fast they can have you living life on the beach! Please tell them you found out about them on Texas Surfers.

    Surfing’s Best Kept Secret




    Last year Surfer Magazine named their choices for the top 10 US surf towns. Here they are, and as you can see, South Padre, Corpus Christi, Port Aransas, and Galveston are still US surfing’s best kept secrets. I saw the founder of Quicksilver by Bob Hall one time; even the insiders are keeping their lips sealed about the 8-12 foot waves, beach privacy, and warm water on the Texas gulf.

    TOP 10 US SURF TOWNS:

    1. Santa Cruz, CA
    2. Haleiwa, HI
    3. Encinitas, CA
    4. Paia, HI
    5. San Clemente, CA
    6. Kill Devil Hills, NC
    7. Malibu, CA
    8. Montauk, NY
    9. New Smyrna Beach, FL
    10. Ocean City, NJ

    Galveston Surf




    Billy Blues takes the best surfing pictures for Galveston, for sure. Look at this wave from this morning, it peels so nicely.

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    Sick Surf Art by Gabe Prusmack




    So I found this incredible set of surf art you won’t want to stop looking at and I had to show it to you. This guy is a surfer and artist in Galveston, Texas, named Gabe Prusmack. He paints these amazing pieces of art pretty much everywhere. If you need a killer design in your home or condo, give this guy a call. If you want an incredible work of art on your next surfboard, Gabe is the guy for the job. It was hard to choose which pictures to show you here, and I was only able to narrow it down to about 20.

    Call Gabe at 409-939-8050 or checkout his myspace.

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