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keith watkins - 2008-05-29
The top speed of a great white being around 15-20 mph is incorrect. I live in Palm Beach Florida and have a 1200 yamaha wavrunner. My waverunner is capable of going over 65mph. I have been an avid rider for over 3 yrs, until... One day I was about 1 mile offshore of the Palm Beach inlet heading south riding in the trough of a 5 foot wave when suddenly something told me took left. When I did, first I saw teeth, then I saw the one black eye which was staring me down. Then I saw the tail and he was as long as a city bus. I will never forget that look. This is no docile or placid animal... or mindless man eater. This is a very smart and intelligent animal. When I was on the waverunner he knew I was in control of the waverunner. He understood that I was a rider. He looked me directly in my eye and with his body language gave me the impreesion of what am i doing here. I must have come into his territory. He was able to stare me down because, as I said I was in the trough heading south at 40mph and he was directly parallel to me in the highpoint of the wave. The sun was east of us so I could see him clearly. I was going 40mph and he was moving effortless. This was not my first time seeing sharks. I have seen lemon sharks, dolphins, and all types of fish. Huge schools of migrating sharks, but they were not threatning and I never felt scared. But this was totally different. When he looked into my eye, and the whole vibe he was giving off, let me know right away that great white sharks are highly intelligent and definite problem solvers. He communicated with body language. He let me know with that stare that I was in his realm and he was investigating to see what was going on. What scared me wasn't that he was a shark but the fact that he was very intelligent and gave me a look like "what do we have here". This encounter changed everything. No longer was it, lets go jetsking. Now it was..there are large sharks out there and the next time the great white might come from underneath, investigate, and accidently knock me off the waverunner. Which he could do very easily... and the story wouldnt be good. After that one look I turned directly to shore and gunned it, sadly to say I had to give up waverunning. I realized that it is very dangerous. I still go to the beach like every other day, but I dont go in further then my knees. When the water gets to my knees then I just laydown in the surf. I would warn anybody and everybody against going offshore in a boat no smaller than a 40 footer. The shark I saw could easily sink a 25-30 foot fiberglass boat. Great white sharks need to be respected. They have survived since the dinosaurs and what I can tell from what I have read, online scientist and marine biologist really don't know much about them. Throwing chum in the water and watching them eat paints a much different picture. From what I have seen that picture is distorted. Great whites are highly intelligent.

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  • Yeah Right - 2010-07-04
    My reply would be B*ll $HIT.......
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sean - 2010-04-29
Sharks are awesome.

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  • Mark - 2012-08-24
    I need to find a home for three dogs which I love very much. I don't want to give them up but I must move by Monday (8-1-2011) where I'm moving I can only have two dogs. The dogs that need a home are 6yrs old & are lab & spinger spanial mix & are all sibblings Two male one female . If you can help e-mail me soon. Please try to Help me I don't want to send them to an animal shelter. Thank You ,Mary I live in Capac, Mi
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Joe surf - 2012-03-18
I have a porcupine puffer his name is Spike. I love it they are fun and very social I feed mine krill and garlic. It helps build their immune system to help them from getting ick and keeps them healthy. It has eaten one of my blue led crabs they are cheap and it helps with their teeth. I enjoy that mine gets along with everything in my tank and only eats a crab every once in a while great fish. It is like a puppy for the tank

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SpikesRules - 2010-08-26
We have a new porcupine-puffer, Mr. Spikey, and we are wondering how much he should be fed? It seems he will eat and eta, but since he is such a messy eater, I'm worried about our tank - although five days in, all the levels are okay. We have Krill, Bloodfish and Flakes (for the Damsels-2). He will eat the Krill and the Flake, not such a fan of Bloodfish! So, how much Krill should he get? Thanks!!

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  • Editor's Note - 2010-08-27
    In general, you should feed him about as much as he can eat in 5 minutes once or twice per day. It is pretty easy to overfeed, especially in marine aquariums and with fish that love to eat all you can give them! Feeding more often usually entails more frequent water changes which is fine if you don't mind doing it. It sounds like you have a great fish... enjoy!
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Tony - 2009-11-20
Not to be kept with abalone. It will nip on the abalone. It is safe with corals and a great fish to keep to keep certain pest in control.

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littlepooh0301 - 2011-03-08
I really love sharks! The atlantic great white shark is my world's most favorite salt-water fish.

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Brendan Cox - 2012-02-19
I just bought a yellow bellied dog faced puffer. It is very active at night, but during the day it just lays under a rock until feeding time. It has a healthy appetite. Is this normal?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-02-20
    Very normal Brendan! They can be a bit shy when intoduced into a new tank. I use to hand feed mine krill with tongs to get them comfortable. Once comfortable they have amazing clownish personalities.
  • tom - 2012-08-16
    yes it is normal
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Julie Skillman - 2012-07-02
I need help with my Dog face puffer! His mouth is open and he is showing his teeth and has a black swollen tongue? Could he have gotten bit in the mouth by one of my other fish? Or could it be his teeth are too long?

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  • tom - 2012-08-16
    His teeth are to long give him a clam or two
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John - 2012-08-15
I have a 2.5' long baby French Angel that I caught while snorkeling on a jetty at Padre Island, TX. I have it in a 20gal. Natural Gulf Tank (local live rock, natural local live sand, and natural Gulf seawater). It seems to be doing great and acclimated rapidly to my aquarium and recognizes me just two weeks after catching it! I love French Angels, they are so beautiful and fascinating.

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heather - 2012-08-09
Oceanic White Tip Reef shark for sale.

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