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Old 06-06-2002, 07:56 PM
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Will seals attack wading anglers?

While I was at South Beach the other day I got a pretty close look at some really big seals. Usually they would just splash and swim away, but a couple of them looked at me kinda funny. I wondered if they might attack even if I did nothing to provoke them (not intentionally anyway). I stopped worrying after a while since they didn't bother me. After reading Randy's post about the seals surrounding the kayaker it had me thinking again. How dangerous are seals when you're wading? I've never read or heard about killer seals, but I know they can be quite ferocious. I also know I'd never be able to outrun one while in the water, and I don't think the 9wt would offer much protection. Anybody have any bad experiences with seals other than having them steal your fish?

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Old 06-06-2002, 08:44 PM
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I don't know about wading, but I've been 100% submerged in SCUBA kit with seals in the Puget Sound. It will scare the bejeezus out of you...there you are in water with 10 foot visibility and then this ferocious, incredibly cute thing the size of a VW swims by at Mach 6.

Usually, they will just flit this way and that, watching you, wondering why the heck you haven't given them a sea urchin yet.

When I get time, maybe I'll tell you about the time I was hit by a seven-foot sixgill shark in Tacoma harbor. Decompression sickness be damned! I was out of there faster than my bubbles would rise.

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No direct experience with seals but many other mammals, been charged by a big rutting buck in Michigan years ago, luckily he backed off.

Would be knowledgeable on when they are mating and when they have young ones close by. All mammals tend to be aggressive in those periods.

If they wanted the fish on the end of my line, it would be a quick cut by me of the line and they could have it.

Good luck and be careful
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Hey Q,

Just be glad you're not wading in England
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Old 06-07-2002, 04:17 PM
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That's a riot Marvin! I heard about it on the radio and they (jokingly) theorized that this dolphin had evolved to the extent that it felt more akin to humans than other dolphins, and therefore wanted to mate with "another" human!

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Old 06-07-2002, 04:55 PM
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Wow is that weird a bisexual horny dolphin
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Old 06-07-2002, 05:55 PM
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I had a different theory than the evolutionary one... I guess deviants can occur in any species

Nature has a way of resolving things... it'll only take one hardbodied great white to deliver the message "no means NO"
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Per the original question... I have had a few encounters out there that were very disturbing to say the least. I've been charged by large bull seals, raising a bow-wake like a nuclear powered torpedo, turning at the last moment leaving me nearly soiled in my waders. Needless to say I now wait a little longer in the ebb before venturing out so far in open shoals.

Not sure if they would put a 'real' move on to humans, but the tension seems to be building and with the aggressive behavior I've seen getting more aggressive with time, I wouldn't rule it out entirely. Sure hope not!
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FYI:

When I was out with Tod last week, we counted ~30 pups. As such, if there is such thing as "Mommy Protective Mode," it's most likely ON right about now Chatham Inside.
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Confused Mammals?

Damn . . . just when I decide to head out there to chase a few Stripers and now you guys gotta start talking about attack seals and sexually frustrated dolphins!

I sure hope Cape Cod's seals don't get into that Dolphin's action or we'll all have to be watching behind us before we land a fish on the flats!
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Re: Confused Mammals?

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Damn . . . just when I decide to head out there to chase a few Stripers and now you guys gotta start talking about attack seals and sexually frustrated dolphins!

I sure hope Cape Cod's seals don't get into that Dolphin's action or we'll all have to be watching behind us before we land a fish on the flats!
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Especially those of us who wear brown neoprene waders!:hehe:
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That would be me, that could be the solution, perhaps tan or green would be better ? Glad I don't have to deal with these risks in the great lakes, life is good :hehe: :hehe:

Perhaps some type of loud noise like a whistle would scare them off ? Just a thought

I always carry a medium size a small hunting knife with me in the vest just in case hand to hand combat is needed in the woods. Once that almost happened to me with two local bubbas up in Michigan, but I was outnumbered two to one way back in the woods on a very small farm country trout brook. Managed to get out of that one.

These guys accused me of jumping in front of them, which I did, but had walked quite a ways upstream from where they were fishing. They had previously walked right through where I was fishing, which was totally rude on their part as they worked their way upstream. I did not say anything since I knew the types they were, bait fishing locals cleaning this small brook out of every trout that was available.

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I think that as long as you are not fishing around capetown you should be safe from the dolphins!
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