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Rare Shark Sighting Off Calif. Coast ^ | Thursday, Apr 26, 2012 | Antonio Castelan and Bill French

Posted on 04/26/2012 8:16:07 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Rare basking shark is big but bashful

More than a dozen fishermen on an early morning expedition off San Clemente got the sight of a lifetime Wednesday morning. There, before their eyes, was the 20 foot leviathan.

It was no mythical Moby Dick. It was a Basking Shark, the second largest fish in the world, surpassed in size only by the the whale shark.

The boat, called "Sum Fun," and its fourteen seafarers came to life, even though it was before sunrise.

"Once it got closer you could feel," said Marty Hundley, on the trip from Mira Loma. "Then we

saw the nose come up and we said, 'Wow, that's a big shark.'"

The Basking Shark is listed as a species of concern in the United States, meaning it’s a step from endangered. In Canada, it has already reached that designation.

This rare sighting wasn’t the first for the captain on the boat, who said he’d seen one a year ago.

"Everyone associates sharks with a man-eating, vicious fish, when this is a very docile animal," said Captain Brian Woolley.

Scientists said this gentle giant loves its plankton and it goes where the food is.

Fisherman Mike Lam said he will never forget what he saw.

"I was like, wow, this is a mythical creature," Lam said. "I thought everything about shark was scary. It was calm; it actually wasn't scared of us."

The gigantic fish hung around the boat for at least eight minutes.

"It was definitely a neat experience," said Woolley. "You never know what you are going to see out here."

TOPICS: Local News; Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: sourcetitlenoturl

The 14-person crew of Sum Fun got the sight of a lifetime Wednesday, April 25, 2012, when a 20-foot Basking Shark decided to hang out near their boat. Antonio Castelan reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m.

1 posted on 04/26/2012 8:16:15 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Meanwhile, deep in a government bunker, bureaucrats pore frantically over the boat owners and the passengers records to see their net worth and party affiliation warrant prosecution and fines for “harassing” the “Fish of Interest”...

2 posted on 04/26/2012 8:27:59 PM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: nickcarraway

Back in early 2000, I was at Camp Rilea, OR and went for an early morning jog on the beach. I saw a basking shark’s head, about the size of an end table washed up on the shore, and off in the distance, a handful of Orcas splashing happily about. On my return trip, the head was gone.

3 posted on 04/26/2012 8:33:29 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: nickcarraway

10-1 somebody said,”We have got to get a bigger boat.”

4 posted on 04/26/2012 8:44:00 PM PDT by razorback-bert (Some days it's not worth chewing through the straps.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

California is full of nasty, killer sharks, only they are called “Democrats”.

Look what they’ve done to the state for further proof. They should be on the Endangered Feces List.

5 posted on 04/26/2012 10:12:46 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: nickcarraway


Wonder if any one on board { Jumped the shark }

6 posted on 04/27/2012 1:17:03 AM PDT by ATOMIC_PUNK (Any man may make a mistake ; none but a fool will persist in it . { Latin proverb })
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To: nickcarraway

I have seen better pictures made with crayons.

In this day of cell-phone digital pics that is atrocious.

7 posted on 04/27/2012 1:41:10 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: Tainan

Me to. As a photographer I wince a lot.

8 posted on 04/27/2012 3:26:58 AM PDT by BigCinBigD
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To: BigCinBigD
Yeah. I visited the link and saw that it was a still from a video so that explains a little of it.
But in todays cell phones even the videos are much better quality than that. Oh well, generational deterioration I guess.

Nest story anyway. I lived just up the road from San Clemente in Huntington Beach for about 14 yrs. Seen quite a few neat stuff in the ocean...and on the beach.
And then there were the charter trips out to the Farallons(sp?) when I lived in San Francisco...lotsa sharks out there.
9 posted on 04/27/2012 4:26:48 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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