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no0ne
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August 20, 2008 2:44 pm  

Kelsey Grammar's half-brother was killed by sharks but that was many years ago off STT.

His father was murdered by a taxi driver who was deamed insane and not charged- also there is no proof both of his brothers were killed by sharks, thier death is marked as a SCUBA accident:

http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/contributor/1800020246/bio

"...his two half-brothers were killed in a scuba diving accident five years later."


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islandjoan
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August 20, 2008 3:16 pm  

I heard there was a shark attack at Davis Bay, STX (by Carambola) in 1971 or thereabouts. There ARE sharks in the ocean (hopefully they haven't all been killed off and there are still plenty here left) and it's THEIR world, not ours...so it can happen. But pretty rare here. I saw someone catch (and release) a small blacktip reef shark while fishing from the shore at Sandy Point and I've heard that there are lots of sharks over by the Molasses pier (near Hovensa).


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Trade
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August 20, 2008 5:04 pm  

His sister was raped & murdered as well (not here though) but I've spoken to his estranged brother, John many years ago & was told sharks got them. I think his Dad's murderer was a taxi man. Always heard his father was a really nice man who had a music store.


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August 20, 2008 7:56 pm  

I've seen a small shark in the reef by Point Pleasant when I was a Fungis one evening. When I went on a whale watching tour several people saw one...I didn't. 🙁

About Kelsey Grammer...

http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/showbiz/a98726/ten-things-you-never-knew-about-kelsey-grammer.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelsey_Grammar#cite_note-hello-5


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Bombi
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August 20, 2008 8:03 pm  

I see baby sharks in pools on the sea side of Buck. Small sharks under the docks at STX yacht club and once I was on a gallery on Grape Tree Bay and saw several large Reef sharks swimming around.


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morna
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August 20, 2008 8:25 pm  

That's right, now that I think about it I saw one right by the boardwalk in Christiansted. He wasn't small but not too big either.


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Bombi
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August 21, 2008 12:14 pm  

John Edwards mistress and her baby stayed at a house on the East end of STX. Ther is a story in The National Enquirer with several names of island personalities. Rumor has it she was near a prominate woman attourney's house and she is/was vexed.


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Ronnie
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August 21, 2008 1:31 pm  

Maybe if Herb Shoenbaum(sp?) did not get on Roger's show and tell the world, she may have stayed hidden!


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Linda J
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August 21, 2008 7:56 pm  

It is a shame! One thing we can always give island guests is privacy.


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Yearasta
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September 12, 2008 9:30 pm  

The shark attack report came in.....the culprit....BARA


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dougtamjj
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September 13, 2008 12:06 am  

I talked to someone who is either a relative or a close friend of the lady who got bitten. They said they were waiting for the report but thought it might be a barracuda. They also told me that people have been out on Buck Island chumming for sharks in order to take photographs. She said they know of at least 4 occasions that this has happened. Very upsetting that someone would be doing that where people go to snorkel every day.


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EngRMP
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September 13, 2008 2:49 am  

I was snorkeling at Buck last year, and accidently got within about 20 ft of a few Barracuda. Although they were big, I found their behaviour very strange - they just hover. This made them un-noticeable until I finally saw one... then I was dialed in and could spot them more easily. It wouldn't surprise me to hear that someone accidently got too close.


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Linda J
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September 13, 2008 11:29 am  

We see barracuda whie snorkeling often. It's not a matter of how close you get. Barracuda have no interest in biting human beings. They get confused by shiny things (bracelets, necklaces) and food in the water. So, if somone had been chumming and was sitting on the side of a boat, with toes dangling in the water, I'm not surprised something bad happened.


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islandtyme
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September 13, 2008 12:43 pm  

I've seen barracuda at the Divi while snorkeling, they are very creepy!!!
If the waters are being chummed for sharks off Buck, is there something to be done to halt the madness??


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SistaIrijah
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September 13, 2008 1:39 pm  

good morning !
bless-ed sabbath !

things like chumming for sharks in a protected area is a dangerous thing, nuh true?.
once the sharks think that the offshore area of buck island is a place they can find a tasty feast, they will not only frequent the area but they will increase in numbers.
what the ones are doing by chumming is upsetting the ecological area of the waters around the island.
more and more we see creatures that are new and different in areas they never inhabited before (it is my humble opinion that this is attributed to global warming), so if they think they can eat at a new restaurant, as was stated above, they will make it a regular vibe in their travels.
i am fierce when it comes to anything ecological.
i looked online to see if there was somewhere you can report the incidences, but the park service information was very vague.
if it were this sis, i would file a concern with the police.
at least they will know who to contact and will prayerfully, keep an eye out.
i know that tourism is a big part of the local economy, such as it is in these times, therefore one would think that this would be a big enough concern to check out..
imagine the flop in tourism if national headlines flashed......

"MOTHER AND CHILD ATTACKED AND TORN APART BY HUNGRY SHARKS IN WATERS SURROUNDING BUCK ISLAND NATIONAL PARK!!"

oh my

no more carefree snorkeling.......a trickle down seen....

sharks attack
tourists afraid
no more snorkeling
no more putting toes in sparkling waters
equals
local jobs suffering, possibly putting some boat owners out the tour business.

frikking about with the ecosystems of the world is causing all kinds of worries worldwide.

i would make a concentrated effort to at least bring this to the attention of ones.

because if they are chumming off buck, they will soon be chumming in the bays.

i would hate to think someone got attacked in the serenity of jack's bay, or at a family gathering at cramer's park

it could collectively be you (this sis prays not) that gets their toes gnawed off if someone does not step up tho the plate and do something.

i do not know if ras lumumba is still around, but i am sure if he is, one can find him...i am sure if he is still there he will know who to contact.

blessings everytime
Sis Irijah


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dougtamjj
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September 13, 2008 3:43 pm  

SistaIrijah,

I believe the incidents have been reported to the proper authorities. Too many people enjoy Buck Island for this to go unreported.


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STXResident
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September 13, 2008 5:08 pm  

Ras lumumba is indeed still around.


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Bombi
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September 14, 2008 12:17 am  

they say the fish attacked because someone was throwing food into the water.


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no0ne
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September 14, 2008 9:20 am  

I had an incident back in 99' with a barracuda diving the Rhone. My brother was at the bottom near the anchor, while I was about 15' down, when a good 4' barracuda became curious about my brother, behind my brother. I swam directly at it, as fast as I could, and it swam quite quickly away from us.

Barracuda are definitely more scared of us than we are of them =)


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charlotte
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September 14, 2008 5:28 pm  

Is Ras lumumba anything like Rush Limbaugh :o)


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STXResident
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September 14, 2008 6:37 pm  

That's a really stupid question; obviously you have no idea who Ras Lumumba is.


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Yearasta
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September 14, 2008 7:21 pm  

I guess having a sense of humor is not allowed anymore....


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dntw8up
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September 14, 2008 7:49 pm  

Lighten up -- it was a joke!


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Edward
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September 15, 2008 11:43 am  

So it may have been a barracuda? Are they a problem for snorkelers and swimmers? And how about jellyfish?


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Bombi
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September 15, 2008 12:13 pm  

Generally Barracuda aren't aggressive unless they are feeding. Authorities and people familiar with their behavior said that the reason for the attack was that people were throwing food in the water. No problem for snorkelers. When you see them under water they seem to just hover and their color changes from light to dark. It's a rush when you see one strike, there are so fast!

Jelly fish are here off and on. When you get to the beach look along the tide line for dead ones, if you see any then they may be in the water. My procedure if stung is to dive under the water, get out of the water then douse the sting with vinegar. Unless you get a really bad bite, the experience is similar to a bee sting.


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