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Come on!!, that was clearly a dolphin feeding.
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Probably a ray doing a mating dance or feeding.
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Speaking of animals that mate only once a year...has anyone seen SD??
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Speaking of animals that mate only once a year...has anyone seen SD??
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You're right, I haven't seen a post from him in a while. Hits 20k and vanishes. Maybe he's off with USCGRet.
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Your very lucky...The next boat that came along suffered this fate as captured on film

YouTube - shark attack !!!!!!! on 1 human
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Still . . . that animation was sick!

My wife and I were kayaking through the Florida Keys mangroves a couple of years ago and witnessed a similar sight. The guide we were with said the "wings" of spotted rays are commonly seen darting above the water's surface during feeding and mating - which they often do close to the surface.

My wife was later freaked out, when two of them swam directly under her boat, surfacing just a few feet away.

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True Blue, I too have seen rays do peculiar things in the backcountry of the Keys, much like the video posted by Pamlicotraveler ... even flying through the air for short distances. Looks like a ray to me also
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Not a shark.
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It was definitely a Sunfish. I found the following; "At first glance you might think it's a shark fin, but the shape and the characteristic back-and-forth sculling motion is quite different from the straight-line motion of the fin of a cruising shark." In this online book, referenced from Wikipedia.
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It was definitely a Sunfish. I found the following; "At first glance you might think it's a shark fin, but the shape and the characteristic back-and-forth sculling motion is quite different from the straight-line motion of the fin of a cruising shark." In this online book, referenced from Wikipedia.
I have seen ocean sunfish (Mola mola) on quite a few occasions too, but only in the ocean. My understanding was this video is from Pamlico Sound. But maybe I made a false assumption??

Was this video taken out in the ocean? It appeared to be in a protected/embayed anchorage.

Also, any time I've seen Mola mola they have sailed along smoothly just below the surface, with a steady, purposeful swimming pattern, making slow graceful turns. Rays on the other hand, will lurch, surge, turn, flop and make a lot of surface commotion, which is what I saw in the video.

But I am not ruling out the Sea Serpant yet...


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