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Alligators (that was kind of cool. I touched it on the tail haha), LOTS of sharks, stingrays, jellyfish, box jellyfish, water moccasins, etc.
Only ever been tagged by the jellies and stingray. Hoping to never get tagged by the others. Welcome to Florida!
Proud member of FISHTWITCH: doing a bit more than fish exercise now.
I swam in the waters off St Maarten/St Martin with my fiancĂ©e. (now wife). We went pretty far out. The water was really clear and there was very little chop or current. I saw a long silver body in the water, yelled "Barracuda," and started swimming for the shore. She was so pissed that I took off swimming ahead of her.
You don't have to swim faster than a barracuda, you just have to swim faster than your fiancĂ©e.
I dive and have seen hundreds of sharks. It was doing what most every other shark Iâ€™ve ever seen doing, just swimming along doing its shark thing
At that age/size theyâ€™re after rays mostly. If it was 10 foot I wouldnâ€™t have continued....
Was about 300 meters off shore, poor visibility day, could see my hand in front of my face, not much more. Although that far out you cant see the bottom anyways so *shrugs* The beach near my house is a shark sanctuary - but have never seen a shark in 30 years swimming there.
Had a long dark shape pass underneath me, far enough down that it was just a long dark shape... shark or dolphin or seal... couldnt tell. But it was big enough to have me worried so headed back to shore.
Until a pod of dolphins started swimming around me, playing.
Went from shit scared to one of the coolest experiences of my life.
Have also had a 1.5 meter diameter ray come up from the sand beneath me and leap out of the water - swimming closer to shore, around dusk... got out of the water on that occasion, it freaked me out.
There were also some sharks. The locals weren't scared of them at all. I was constantly on the look out for them and quite often got out of the water spooked. I got circled a couple of times, but all this was when I was younger and dumber (and probably stoned).
Nowadays I no longer surf and I swim only in the UK, and I stay very close to the shore (unless it's a race and there's 100s of us) and I still go "what was that!?!?" every now and again even though the nearest shark is probably 1000 miles away..
I choose the latter.
"...the street finds its own uses for things"
I once got "swarmed" by dozens of huge sea lions. I saw them approaching from a distance, probably chasing a bait ball. I just stopped and waited as they went by. These beast were jumping out of the water right next to me, but none touched me. One big bull/male, stopped and gave me an evil eye, then kept swimming.
Here's a picture I took while swimming with dolphins along Carmel Beach...
"Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting, holy crap, what a ride!!" - author unknown
As a fellow sufferer of irrational fear of sea creatures while OWS swimming or what I like to call JAWS disease. I have some bad news for you. I was going to do a OWS there a few years ago so of course I looked first.
"I think I've cracked the code. double letters are cheaters except for perfect squares (a, d, i, p and y). So Leddy isn't a cheater... "
the actual hell haha otters? I had to look up a Tiger Musky and those things look like Barracudas! I always thought you didnt have anything to worry about if you swam in a lake anywhere up north. Good lord haha