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04-25-2008 01:15 PM
US27inKS
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Originally Posted by RickQuann View Post
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
Often when you see a ray leap from the water, he's trying to avoid being eaten by a shark.
04-25-2008 11:32 AM
witzgall We don't have a shark problem. Look, here comes the ferry with another load of summer Tourists!

Chris
04-25-2008 10:47 AM
JohnRPollard
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Originally Posted by Hubec View Post
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...
04-25-2008 12:34 AM
Hubec 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.
04-24-2008 10:24 PM
seabreeze_97 Not a shark.
04-24-2008 04:11 PM
RickQuann 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
04-24-2008 03:53 PM
TrueBlue 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.
04-24-2008 03:37 PM
Stillraining Your very lucky...The next boat that came along suffered this fate as captured on film

YouTube - shark attack !!!!!!! on 1 human
04-24-2008 03:34 PM
teshannon
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Speaking of animals that mate only once a year...has anyone seen SD??
Giu,
You're right, I haven't seen a post from him in a while. Hits 20k and vanishes. Maybe he's off with USCGRet.
04-24-2008 03:21 PM
Giulietta Speaking of animals that mate only once a year...has anyone seen SD??
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