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Jaws washes ashore on Long Island
The Telegraph ^ | 7/14/2009

Posted on 07/14/2009 10:04:41 PM PDT by bruinbirdman

20-foot-long shark washed up on the Long Island shore on Tuesday morning, frightening local surfers.

Just before 9am, surfers noticed a large figure circling in the water about 50 feet from Gilgo Beach and raised the alarm.

The basking shark, which weighs an estimated 2,000 pounds, appeared to be in distress, according to witnesses.

The animal circled for about an hour, and then washed up on the beach, just a few miles from the popular Jones Beach.

George Gorman, a New York State Parks official, said researchers would examine the shark to determine a cause of death. After that, he said, the shark would be buried in nearby sand dunes.

But while the impressive mass of the animal might have frightened the few dozen onlookers, it was later identified as a basking shark, which eats plankton, not humans. The basking shark is slow-moving, and is the second-largest shark, after the whale shark.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


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1 posted on 07/14/2009 10:04:42 PM PDT by bruinbirdman
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To: bruinbirdman

That’s a bad a$$ fish.


2 posted on 07/14/2009 10:09:38 PM PDT by allmost
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To: bruinbirdman

It’s a basking shark! Big? Yes. Dangerous? Only if you hit one of ‘em with your speedboat.


3 posted on 07/14/2009 10:15:14 PM PDT by wysiwyg (What parts of "right of the people" and "shall not be infringed" do you not understand?)
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To: bruinbirdman

If I were to hazard a guess based on that facial expression, I would say the shark watched Obama throw out the first pitch at the All Star Game tonight.


4 posted on 07/14/2009 10:20:26 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: bruinbirdman

The shark probably heard one of Barry’s speeches and .... well, ya know ... even they can only stand so much.


5 posted on 07/14/2009 10:20:35 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: bruinbirdman

If that fish is going to intimidate anyone, it’s going to need some dentures. It’s a toothless basking shark. It’s closer to an ant-eater than it is to a man-eater.


6 posted on 07/14/2009 10:22:54 PM PDT by OldDeckHand (No Socialized Medicine, No Way, No How, No Time)
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To: bruinbirdman
I was surfing once at Coast Guard Beach on Cape Cod and noticed some seals playfully swimming under me. About 10 minutes later an approximately 20 foot dark shadow swam under me.

I thought it was a White or a Tiger shark, but looking at the photo it may have been a Basking shark.

7 posted on 07/14/2009 10:26:05 PM PDT by spikeytx86 (Pray for Democrats for they have been brainwashed by their fruity little club.)
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To: bruinbirdman

A shark is a shark is a shark.

I would have been scared sh**less if I were a surfer and saw this bad a** mammoth fish circling in the water.

The end.


8 posted on 07/14/2009 10:34:29 PM PDT by 506Lake
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To: spikeytx86
Signifigant protrusion of the snout in a basking shark. This photo clearly shows none.
9 posted on 07/14/2009 10:35:37 PM PDT by allmost
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To: bruinbirdman

“Farewell and adieu to you, fair Spanish lady;
farewell and adieu to you, lady in Spain;
for we’ve received orders to put back to Scotland,
and never to see our dear lady again.”

(p.s. “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”)


10 posted on 07/14/2009 10:43:53 PM PDT by Christian4Bush (The difference between Lincoln and Obama: Lincoln freed slaves. Obama is out to make them.)
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To: bruinbirdman

Humans commit suicide by jumping off bridges into water.

Sharks and whales do the same by throwing themselves on land.


11 posted on 07/14/2009 10:45:51 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (TAZ:Untamed, Unpredictable, Uninhibited.)
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To: bruinbirdman

Al Gore is going to blame Global Warming.


12 posted on 07/14/2009 11:02:07 PM PDT by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: wysiwyg

“You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”


13 posted on 07/14/2009 11:06:52 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: bruinbirdman

Good heavens! I’ve been to Gilgo Beach, and FRiends, let me tell you...I’ve never quite gotten over the whole “Jaws” experience.

I’d have had an embarassing accident if I’d seen this thing coming at me while I was swimming in the ocean.

(Yes, yes, I can see it doesn’t have any teeth...I guarantee that I wouldn’t have noticed that little fact while I was in the water.)

Farewell and adieu indeed!


14 posted on 07/14/2009 11:07:21 PM PDT by VermiciousKnid (Grab your gun and bring in the cat.)
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To: bruinbirdman

I guess it wasn’t the dreaded Landshark.


15 posted on 07/15/2009 2:46:16 AM PDT by Zack Attack
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To: bruinbirdman

This was no boat accident.

16 posted on 07/15/2009 3:02:09 AM PDT by mikey_hates_everything
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To: Zack Attack

Looks more like a Mud Sh- Sh- Shark.


17 posted on 07/15/2009 3:12:18 AM PDT by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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