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Cape Cod... too dangerous or okay?

Discussion in 'North Eastern United States' started by M DeM, Jul 6, 2018.

  1. drunkendiver

    drunkendiver Regular of the Pub

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    For cape cod bay, it really helps to have a boat, doesn't have to be a big one. That being said there are good shore dive locations like Sandwich (shallow enjoyable easy dive). As far as the sharks are concerned, since I boat dive, I am much more concerned about finding the anchor line at the end of the dive. Sometimes the current in the bay can be a little more than you expect and if you overshoot the boat on the return trip it makes for a tough swim up current. That said, I have boated all over cape cod bay for years and have not see a GW yet.
     
  2. IncreaseMyT

    IncreaseMyT Banned

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    The thing with GW's is they are ambush hunters and can seek you out from a long ways away. Once they make the decision to test bite nothing can change that. So if you were gonna get bit you would never see it I bet.

    If you can see it, your probably not in any danger. Other species of sharks tend to come check out its prey before the test bite.
     
  3. divin'dog

    divin'dog Divemaster

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    If you decide to dive the Cape, I would try to get more info on currents. Esp diving inside the bay on an outgoing tide. Try to hit slack tide. Some tricky and strong currents around the point. Some knowledge of the currents where you're diving may come in handy...
     
  4. ScubaGypsy

    ScubaGypsy Divemaster

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    Very unusual to bother an open circuit diver unless spearfishing.
     
  5. Scuba-74

    Scuba-74 Manta Ray

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    I did a couple of dives at Sandwich town beach (a.k.a. Sandy Neck) this summer, and liked it a lot. As someone else wrote earlier, very easy dive in terms of parking, entry/exit, and navigation. On one dive I came close to the stream coming out of the Canal and felt a drag. Great thing about this site is that you can dive it regardless of the tide. Seems like a popular place. I was the first in the water both days but upon completion of my dive 5-7 people were either in the water or gearing up.

    I also did a dive with my kids at the Corporation beach in Dennis this summer, and it was a nightmarish experience from the beginning to the end. Unless high tide happens to be early in the morning on a cool weekday, I'll never come close to that place again.
     
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  6. Scuba-74

    Scuba-74 Manta Ray

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    Is there a history of spearfishing divers being bothered locally? Coincidentally, I was thinking about trying spearfishing one of these days...
     
  7. drunkendiver

    drunkendiver Regular of the Pub

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    I haven't heard of any spearfishing divers being bothered locally. Although I don't think there are a lot of people spearfishing here. Mostly lobster and scallop hunters.
     
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  8. AfterDark

    AfterDark Solo Diver

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    No, I can't recall anyone being bitten while spearingfishing here in RI. I've kept close tabs on local diving for a very long time, talked to a lot of speros and know quite a few, no stories. My spear gunning was a longtime ago but I never even saw a shark, well a dogfish or two. A nice blue swam by me once, gave me a long stare with a big black eye and kept going. That was off the nuke plant in MA, I wasn't spearing fish at the time.
     
  9. Basking Ridge Diver

    Basking Ridge Diver Solo Diver

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    Not Cape Cod - NJ shore - about 3.5 miles off shore in about 75 to 85 feet of water.
    I was laying lobster hotels down - Home Depot buckets with half a lid screwed on and weighted on the bottom. Not traps but homes for lobsters to get fat dumb and happy and for me to check in a month or so and be happy. Anyway - I was down over 30 minutes and it was a bright sunny day. Started my way up the anchor line and started doing my 5 safety stop at 20 feet - probably about 15 foot of viz. Mind you 15 foot is not bad for this area. I then felt the back of my neck hairs standing on end - mind you I am still underwater and have never had this feeling before. Something was not right and the feeling of dread was all over me. I just swallowed and thought suck it up - but my throat was dry and I was not feeling like I was 5 minutes ago. So I started looking around - I looked up over my shoulder and a shadow started going over and a bit away from me and it looked like maybe a cloud was passing but I could not shake the jitters. Slowly, slowly, slowly this shape or cloud passed maybe 10 or 15 seconds passed - but I could not define the shape. It was too big for me to dismiss - it passed and the sun was shining again and I was happy to see the rays of sunshine. I finished my stop and got back to the boat - I asked my buddy did a whale pass by - he was clueless and had no idea what I was talking about. Mind you, no clouds in the sky were to be found - bright sunny NJ day.
    To this day I believe it was a Great White - I can't prove it but something was watching me and moving very slowly and what I believe was very deliberately. I will never know but it was one of the 5 times in the water I was not sure I was coming out. And when I got out I was very happy to be on board. Sometimes - I don't think they hit hit fast but are curious - at least that is how it felt to me.
    Left me feeling a bit unsettled...
     
  10. IncreaseMyT

    IncreaseMyT Banned

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    I bet your right, 8 out of 10 times when I see a shark it’s at my safety stop. It’s like when your down there they scatter because of the bubbles, but I think they hang around and stay just out of view. When it’s time to come up I think they follow you out of there, to make sure your leaving.
     

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