Careful if you're going to Daytona or New Smyrna

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    Whoa - would think a memo would have gone out after the first hundred or so. Must have been a simultaneous mass invasion w a hell of a lot of swimmers.
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    When those little buggers swarm in quickly, it only takes a few minutes before hundreds of bathers get stung, then a bit more time to fly the purple flags, ( which almost NOBODY knows what it means)

    Those weren't Portuguese Man 'o Wars, which are visible.
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    I was at New Smyrna years ago when one of those things happened. I wasn't in the water thankfully but it did make the walk on the beach interesting after those little suckers washed up on shore.
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    I'd rather dodge jellyfish than find myself swimming with this.

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    Remember the good ole' days when New Symrna Beach billed itself as "The World's Safest Beach?"
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    Which was always strange seeing how it was also known as "The Shark Capital of the East Coast"!
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    My first hand experience of NSB is over 40 years old but my recollection was that the shark attacks didn't start until the surfers started to surf there in numbers and the claim was rather quickly removed. That seemed to be in the early 1980s but that is probably way off due to my lack of first hand recent experience. I remember that, even as a kid, that the claim of being the safest was a very dangerous thing to do as all it would take is one bad accident to prove that claim wrong.
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    I've lived in New Smyrna Beach since 1990, it was beautiful back then.

    They've taken numerous aerial pictures over the waters just south of the Jerry at Ponce Inlet, (where the best surf is, as well as the most "bait fish")..

    Whether surfers are present or not, usually about 150-250 sharks are.

    The surfers make for as very surreal picture, and when they're out there, if one sees a fin, they simply call out "Shark!" and everyone pulls their arms and legs out of the water for a few minutes.

    Many people don't realize that, in the Intracoastal Waterway, down by Mosquito Lagoon, with that great reds fishing, is also the main breeding ground for Bull sharks. As they grow, they go through the inlet to the ocean.

    No wonder they pack right there!
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    I had a buddy who was a pilot for UPS, and he went to Embry Riddle in Daytona. He told me when they took off to the south, you could see hundreds of sharks from the air, right next to all the swimmers who appeared to be generally oblivious. I never heard of anyone getting bit, but odds would say it must have happened. This would have been mid-late 80's to early 90's.
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    Didn't read the article but if they didn't mention it the best first aid for man o war stings is Adolf's meat tenderizer on a damp rag. Takes the sting right out.
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    When I was in college my GF and I were snorkeling and she pushed away from a rock and got the spines from one of these bad boys:

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    It was in Mexico, and the locals said the best thing to do was to pee on the wounds. Now at the time my espanol was a little shaky. She said it worked, but I took her word for it. I'd have pitched in, but that's not how I roll :devil:.
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    Yeah, if there weren't some truth and relief in what the locals said and did, that practice would be hard to trump for creativity. :rolleyes:

    Yeah, I know you know I know what I did there. :ninja2:
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    Not to mention that smack in the face and the time you'll spend in the Mexican Jail!
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    I've seen one aerial picture when I was scuba diving and there is a semicircle of sharks a few hundred yards away watching us. I wish I had made a copy of it.

    When diving off Florida, they are usually just beyond visual range. If you sit very still you can often catch a shadow as they slowly pace back and forth. I always wonder what they are thinking.