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I think it's a ray too... although when we were at Cape Lookout last year we caught about 6 smaller sharks while fishing. No larger than about 2.5 feet. It wouldn't surprise me if there are larger sharks in the Bight though.

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On second thought, it could have been a Sea Serpant. This is one that we saw with our own eyes (actual photo):



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I saw that on the Chesapeake this summer. Maybe moving south for the winter. I think you're on to something.
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Must assuredly not a shark, you will not have seen the dorsal fin like that without seeing the caudal fin as well. My experience would point this towards being a ray also.

Only one way to tell though, go back and have a swim with it be sure to have your camera ready
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Well maybe it was a ray....but I still had to fight it off with my bare hands...

I had considered the idea of a stingray but the ones I have seen don't have a fin like that could stick that far out of the water. I may see if I can find some NC fisheries expert for their opinion.

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Looks more like a wombat.

Could be !

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It was a roving BUNYIP, very common in Australian waters, this maybe the first sighting in the Americas,

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A butterknife....albeit, a rather large one. The real question is: what was wielding it?
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My first thought was the tail of a tarpon, but a ray makes more sense. I've seen sharks, and they didn't look like that. Last one I saw looked like this, in hawaii but not quite as big. Maybe 16 ft instead of this monster.

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Only shark that can move left and right so sharply is a hammerhead, yet NC would be too cold for them... I don't think it's shark either...
There's plenty of agile sharks that can move as quickly, not just hammerheads. Hammerheads (mostly scalloped) have been documented as far north as 45 degrees N latitude.

However, I agree with the others that the animal in the video is not a shark. As was previously mentioned, if that was the dorsal fin of a shark you would also see the caudal (tail) fin. Most likely it is a ray feeding or removing parasites.

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it is a sun fish they grow quite large,we used to love coming up on one of those with a newbe on board, we would shake fins with them. the dead giveaway is no tailfin ,a cruising shark will always show the tailfin also ivce seen about a thousand of them in the gulf stream,but they do come close to shore
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