Wildlife encounters while surfing

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Re: Wildlife encounters while surfing

Postby majordom » Sun Nov 10, 2013 8:06 pm

humpback whales in maui - annual migration

seals in the north sea - returned in the last few years after a long absence
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Re: Wildlife encounters while surfing

Postby Vince Noir » Sun Nov 10, 2013 11:14 pm

yeah theres loads of them around scarbs area...regularly see them at cayton and near by spots
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Re: Wildlife encounters while surfing

Postby tootes » Tue Nov 12, 2013 6:38 am

Seal last week at pease. And I have had dolphins surfing towards me at fistral. Seen dolphins and seals a few times when surfing and have had a large fish swim into me.
Loads of cool sea birds up here.

My sis in law claims to have seen a basking shark off north Berwick this summer.


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Re: Wildlife encounters while surfing

Postby onefinleary » Tue Nov 12, 2013 7:19 am

I had a basking shark swim underneath me and then popped up to say hello 2ft from me. Just staring right at me. Then circled me and swum off. It was amazing afterwards but at the time I was a little bit nervous being it was around 15-20ft long. Wish I'd had a camera with me.
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Re: Wildlife encounters while surfing

Postby Rasher » Wed Nov 13, 2013 1:49 pm

I used to often see large groups of snakes when I was surfing in Cote d'Ivoire. They'd always come out on the glassy days and sit at the surface just beyond the breaking waves and had an uncanny ability to sit on the best peak at the beach. I saw a few turtles too but my most dramatic encounter was when I saw a fin breaking the surface not far away from me while I was surfing alone at dusk. I looked long enough to see it wasn't going up and down like a dolphin and then legged it to shore in a complete panic. From the beach it became apparent there was an upside down kitchen table floating through the line up which made for a much less exciting story.
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Re: Wildlife encounters while surfing

Postby Chris F » Wed Nov 13, 2013 2:13 pm

Dunno, a mate of mine was badly savaged by a great white flatpack a few years back.
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Re: Wildlife encounters while surfing

Postby Black » Tue Mar 04, 2014 9:15 pm

Well this seems like as good a place to put this as anywhere else and dredge a good thread too.

There's been lots of dead birds washed up in the wider south west region due to the storms. Some alarming figures reported. Would be interested in hearing from the rest of UK if there's a wider spread effect. An article here : http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/news/2014/03/04/massive-loss-life-storm-hit-seabirds

Reason for posting is that we are likely to see the bodies on the beach as much as anyone and can be a useful recording group - just wondering if there could be a worthwhile surfers wildlife monitoring scheme, we are there anyway and why not record a few species too??? I record some wildlife and was thinking surfers are always there at certain places and could provide a valuable persistent recording resource. If we tag surfing to the records in some way it could "improve" the value of surfing beyond industry/tourism or the SAS.

Just a thought?
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Re: Wildlife encounters while surfing

Postby Philshoz » Wed Mar 05, 2014 6:33 am

Heartbreaking to see so many dead birds.

We counted six Puffins on our local beach the other day and it's tiny... :shock:
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Re: Wildlife encounters while surfing

Postby Chris F » Wed Mar 05, 2014 10:07 am

Good idea. If you find any dead cetaceans you should report them too.
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Re: Wildlife encounters while surfing

Postby briggfoot » Thu Mar 06, 2014 5:50 pm

Well I got shat on by a seagull flying low over-head just yesterday. Think it was a Common Gull (Larus canus) but can't be certain, however this detail is frankly irrelevent when it's emptied it's guts on you.
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Re: Wildlife encounters while surfing

Postby Black » Thu Mar 06, 2014 8:19 pm

briggfoot wrote:Well I got shat on by a seagull flying low over-head just yesterday. Think it was a Common Gull (Larus canus) but can't be certain, however this detail is frankly irrelevent when it's emptied it's guts on you.

Did you examine the poo to find out what it had been eating? This kind of info is worth noting!

Any dead birds washed up should be reported to your local Wildlife Trust in case anyone is wondering.
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Re: Wildlife encounters while surfing

Postby Chris F » Fri Mar 07, 2014 9:12 am

briggfoot wrote:Well I got shat on by a seagull flying low over-head just yesterday. Think it was a Common Gull (Larus canus) but can't be certain, however this detail is frankly irrelevent when it's emptied it's guts on you.


I scored a direct hit; shoulder, chest and arm just as I was about to go into our offices once. Had to make a quick detour to Primark!
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Re: Wildlife encounters while surfing

Postby insideout » Fri Mar 07, 2014 9:16 am

If you've ever surfed in Newquay in the summer you will certainly encounter some beached whales, seals and a few old goats whilst walking across the beach!
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Re: Wildlife encounters while surfing

Postby Black » Mon Jan 18, 2016 5:30 pm

Apparently a Humpback whale visited Perranporth yesterday! :wav:
Didn't see it myself.
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Re: Wildlife encounters while surfing

Postby c-lad fantastic » Tue Jan 19, 2016 7:04 pm

Great thread.

Had a juvenile shag (sounds very dodgy!) struggle to finish off a fish it had just caught for about 5 minutes within about 10 meters of me yesterday. It seemed oblivious to my presence.
I think it's eyes were bigger than his belly but it managed to get the job done eventually.
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Re: Wildlife encounters while surfing

Postby thechimp » Wed Jan 20, 2016 10:19 am

Was sup ing, it was pretty flat, i saw the Westpac chopper, do a circle and then the siren went off, i did'nt see a fin, but heard the next day, a 7m noah,
i paddled in, 53 sightings this summer, on this short stretch alone, the white pointer population is increasing
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Re: Wildlife encounters while surfing

Postby Black » Sun Jul 10, 2016 10:32 pm

Sperm whale beached and died on Perranporth beach today. Didn't personally witness it as I surfed Newquay but a sad sight I'm sure.
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Re: Wildlife encounters while surfing

Postby thechimp » Wed Jul 13, 2016 7:41 am

wow 40 ft so i hear, that should keep your Oil Lamps going all next winter!!!!
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Re: Wildlife encounters while surfing

Postby Black » Wed Jul 13, 2016 8:28 am

People were very upset but why all the blubber?










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Re: Wildlife encounters while surfing

Postby Black » Sun Mar 05, 2017 2:18 pm

Checking the surf yesterday in Newquay eating peanuts and two starlings appear in the bush right in front of me. Put a nut in my hand, held it out, one is straight in there. The second one begs to me like a youngster so I hand out another nut! Hand feeding wild creatures is strangely satisfying.
Two birds, a nice bush and my nuts - what a combination! :-)
Then I had a good surf too!
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Re: Wildlife encounters while surfing

Postby JayP » Sun Mar 05, 2017 6:45 pm

This thread is backward. Surely the sperm on the beach should come after the 2 birds on a man's nuts ?
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Re: Wildlife encounters while surfing

Postby danny1 » Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:55 pm

Dolphins yesterday for about 20 mins. Casually breaking the water. Only a few.
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Re: Wildlife encounters while surfing

Postby thechimp » Thu Mar 09, 2017 10:47 pm

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2017/0 ... ast-surfer

this was at the Tweed Bar yesterday, the whole East coast is pumping today.
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Re: Wildlife encounters while surfing

Postby future primitive » Tue May 30, 2017 9:04 pm

Seen quite a few seals around here,a big bugger popped up between a mate and myself,made me jump a mile,saw a few dolphins whilst surfing in New Zealand missed the Orcas at one of the breaks in Taranaki by a day i was gutted as i have always wanted to see them,had a big grey ray pass underneath me in the entrance of a river bar in NZ,first really did think it was a shark really spooky to watch though,also seen a couple of salmon jump in the north bay as there is a small river that they go up at the North end
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Re: Wildlife encounters while surfing

Postby ATTMFKH » Wed May 31, 2017 7:59 am

One of mine from up North - not while I was surfing though :-) but thought it was worth a post

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Re: Wildlife encounters while surfing

Postby Tomdiddlybomb » Thu Jun 01, 2017 10:35 am

that's quite a shot! taken from a boat?

we get the odd seal round here, mostly near the isle of wight, and I've surfed with dolphins in ireland and in different bits of oz.
the most memorable time I was out on my own at injidup reef and a pod of 8-9 dolphins was bobbing round the lineup having fun. as I pulled off a wave I realised they were all on the wave behind :lol: watching them enjoy a party wave as they cruised past close enough to touch was incredible. there was a tiny baby that was hopping out of water doing little half flips onto its mother
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Re: Wildlife encounters while surfing

Postby ATTMFKH » Fri Jun 02, 2017 1:00 pm

^ from the shore mate - Channonary Point in Moray - biggest bottle-nosed Dolphins in the world - loads of them - the topography basically feeds salmon straight into their mouths when the tide turns at low - they just sit in the channel and guzzle them down - funny watching then regurgitate a 3ft salmon to try and slide down their throats again & again
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Re: Wildlife encounters while surfing

Postby Tomdiddlybomb » Fri Jun 02, 2017 2:04 pm

ATTMFKH wrote:^ from the shore mate - Channonary Point in Moray - biggest bottle-nosed Dolphins in the world - loads of them - the topography basically feeds salmon straight into their mouths when the tide turns at low - they just sit in the channel and guzzle them down - funny watching then regurgitate a 3ft salmon to try and slide down their throats again & again

:lol: gluttony might not be a strictly human sin after all! sounds like an awesome place
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Re: Wildlife encounters while surfing

Postby Chris F » Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:38 am

In case anyone can't find it from ATTFMH's spelling!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chanonry_Point

Aberdeen harbour mouth is a good spot too, see them there most times i go past. Although blasting for Nigg Bay Harbour development will probably scare them off. :-x
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Re: Wildlife encounters while surfing

Postby ATTMFKH » Tue Jun 06, 2017 2:25 pm

^^ oh f*ck - the spelling police are back :roll: :twisted: :lol: :lol:
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