Sunday, February 07, 2010

I miss my sharks :(

OK so they weren't my sharks, they were all our sharks but one thing is for sure - in the caribbean I had ready access to my favourite animals and in the cold atlantic winter not so much (although potentially more so than many of you might think). A lot of visitors to our island surprised me by being surprised there were sharks in our waters (or perhaps they were surprised they saw them). Either way I always enjoyed seeing sharks. Below is a last photo of a lemon shark that is perhaps a 2 or 3 years old swimming back out on to the flats.

lemon release

She grabbed one of my baits during a lazy evenings fishing from a little jetty directly in front of a popular restarant. Some people would consider a lemon shark this size to be worth keeping as food but a) I don't eat sharks or rays due to their slow reproductive rates and b) lemons are particularly bad to keep for eating as their meat is often flavoured poorly due to ammonia build-up and they have a large number of organs which means they produce very little meat for their size. At the same time something far bigger grabbed my friend's bait so aggressively it yanked his rod from its holder and out to sea (the rod was recovered the next day by snorkel).

1 comment:

Floridacracker said...

That's what I love about saltwater fishing, you never know what giant might take your next cast!