There was a big shark sighting at Cupsogue last week. Big as in big sharks (18 feet), big as in widely reported, as of course nothing kicks off the summer season like sharks (see Jaws.) So...sharks at the Cup? Scott (Lord Scotworth...wind chimp, Puffin, lunatic windsurfer and the guy in the yellow surf ski when the rest of us are SUP surfing) has some insight. A friend of his son dives at Cupsogue regularly, and just a few days before the reported sharkfest he caught a tail ride from a big basking shark there. So might these be krill-munching baskers who wouldn’t bit your leg if offered? I certainly hope so, ‘cause if we’ve got apex predator landlords 6 yards long cruising the beaches, I’m a be on the bays a whole lot more this summer.
After being eyed by a shark a couple years ago I had The Fear for awhile, but it has faded into a small thought in the back of my mind whenever I'm waterstarting oceanside. So last Thursday at Sebonac Inlet sharks were the last thing on my mind when suddenly I spotted a large dark something moving slowly beneath the surface about 30 feet away from me. Then all of a sudden it turned and shot towards me! I was jumping out of my booties when I realized it was the shadow of Bill Barber's kite. Scared the hell out of me.
(You're gonna need a bigger board if a shark like the one pictured flashes his chompers. Photo NOT from Cupsogue.)