Have you encountered sharks while on a SUP?

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asked Feb 17, 2017 in Stand Up Paddle Boarding by aleggzander (55 points)
Have you ever looked down and noticed shark(s) patrolling underneath your SUP? How did you react? Would love to hear the story.

4 Answers

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answered Apr 18, 2017 by jsavant1 (80 points)
I lived on Little Torch Key in Florida and would paddle board around the island a couple of times a week. At the Eastern tip there were always Bonnethead sharks and sometimes Nurse sharks. They always scattered as soon as they realized you were near. Enjoyed seeing them. I miss that island.
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answered Feb 22, 2017 by Flip (50 points)
I've encountered sharks on both my SUP and my kayak.   Most interesting story - while reeling in a bonita, had a big bull shark run into the front of my kayak chasing it.  Other than trying to get a free meal, they are completely harmless.  More concerned with getting hit by a boat than hurt by a shark.
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answered Mar 24, 2017 by Big Papa (113 points)
If the water tastes salty you've encountered a shark.
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answered Mar 20, 2018 by EddieR (100 points)
Assume they are there if the water is salty, Ive paddled about 1000 miles of salt water and haven’t seen one from my board...eventually I may. The ocean and weather conditions can be more dangerous than anything in it. Shark banz makes a magnetic ankle strap that disorients/ confuses  them at close range. Shark Skins makes some apparel that hides our bio electrical magnet signal that they sense. Can’t say how effective they are but I have them both. Shark deterrent devices for scuba are more expensive and techy. These companies sometimes have demo videos you can watch.
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