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Offline underwater1

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Re: Sea Lion Nearly Drowns Man
« Reply #15 on: April 06, 2015, 09:26:34 PM »
I've never had an issue with a little one. It's always the big ones that are bold enough to approach with any hostility. I have them swim up without me knowing and bark in my ear at 50'. That's hell on the breath hold.

The Harbor Seal that took the tax from all of us at Gerstle was relatively small - maybe 125-150 lbs. He was tenacious. I have had larger Harbor Seals charge me just to flash their teeth at me as they came within inches of my face and zoomed off as if to say "This is my hunting grounds, M.F.  Get out of here."

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Re: Sea Lion Nearly Drowns Man
« Reply #16 on: April 06, 2015, 09:37:04 PM »
Yeah, the seals are cute. I think sometimes people feed them or leave their fish hanging on the stringer. The seals learn how to get an easy meal. The sea lions don't seem to interact with me like the seals. There is one seal that knows me at MacKerricher. It likes to play hide and seek. I don't feed it though.

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Re: Sea Lion Nearly Drowns Man
« Reply #17 on: April 06, 2015, 10:18:54 PM »
I've never had a problem with harbor seals except for them being playfully curious and following my dive light to help them find fish. Sea Lions scare the shit our of me.

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Re: Sea Lion Nearly Drowns Man
« Reply #18 on: April 07, 2015, 09:34:22 AM »
I've never had a problem with harbor seals except for them being playfully curious and following my dive light to help them find fish. Sea Lions scare the shit our of me.

Pretty much. I hate those poor visibility days when I can hear the sea lions swimming in circles around me but I can't see them... cuts my dive times in half.

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Re: Sea Lion Nearly Drowns Man
« Reply #19 on: April 15, 2015, 09:03:04 PM »
I carry my fish on a stringer on my belt. I have been pulled around a couple of times by sea lions and harbor seals. I just stop shooting fish when they rip me off.

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Re: Sea Lion Nearly Drowns Man
« Reply #20 on: April 17, 2015, 06:09:24 AM »
Down here, in Avila Beach in 2003, a GWS attacked and killed a lady who liked to swim in the ocean in her black wetsuit.  Witnesses from the pier said the last thing they saw before the attack was some sea lions or seals swimming around her.  The pinnipeds all suddenly scattered and there she was, the slowest buffalo. 

In my eyes, they did it on purpose.  They set her up. ;D

I hate those fricken things.  They start coming around me in numbers, I'm out.  Jail time?  They should have paid him a bounty.  (joking).

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Re: Sea Lion Nearly Drowns Man
« Reply #21 on: April 19, 2015, 09:13:42 PM »
Yeah, the seals are cute. I think sometimes people feed them or leave their fish hanging on the stringer. The seals learn how to get an easy meal. The sea lions don't seem to interact with me like the seals. There is one seal that knows me at MacKerricher. It likes to play hide and seek. I don't feed it though.


We had a friendly NCUH dive at Gerstle Cove some year back.  A local harbor seal took a fish our two off of just about everyone of the 12 or so divers out.  I didn't like that dance.  That was the last day I kept may fish on a stringer off my weight belt.  I now secure them inside of a cooler relatively quickly after keeping them on the shooting line of my gun for a bit.

The local fisherman in Baja used to bludgeon them to death with a 2x4 with a jagged nail on the end when they went after their fish down there.

What are you going to do when a sea lion does an end around on you and takes off with your fish gun and all?

I will cross that bridge if it comes. I lt would be interesting to get into a tug of war with a small sea lion. I imagine if a 5000 lb elephant seal wanted to take my fish 2000 feet down for two hours, I would have to say good on ya big fella. Peace out:)

This happened to Nathan aka Sharkbait when we were diving the Carmel area a couple years ago. Nathan had a ling on his shooting line and a 200-300# female sea lion yanking on the ling. I swam over and shoved a cab in its face but it ignored my cab and kept barking at us and grabbing at the ling. Finally yhe tug of war ended and Nathan cut the line, the sea lion took the ling tossed it, followed Nathan back to his kayak all the while barking aggressively. I suspect Nathan unknowingly got too close to a pup. We moved spots and the rest of the day was fine.
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Re: Sea Lion Nearly Drowns Man
« Reply #22 on: April 19, 2015, 09:39:30 PM »
If they made the bag limit 1 per year we wouldn't have to worry about them bothering us.

Just sayin'
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