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kateraid
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Hi all,

Because there will be a full moon on Wednesday, I've been thinking about doing a little night swimming. Can anyone recommend a good beach on STX to do this? Or if not, perhaps which beaches to avoid? Swimming in a pool just isn't the same...

Thank you!
Kate

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Topic starter Posted : November 30, 2009 9:33 pm
imissmydog
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Personally I would be too frightened of barracuda to swim at night, although my fear might be unwarranted. Anyone more knowledgable of the nighttime ocean care to confirm/deny my suspicions? LOL

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Posted : November 30, 2009 10:01 pm
Exit Zero
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Ask at any of the dive shops - most of them offer night dives on occasion so should have some good ideas about safe swimming practices.

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Posted : November 30, 2009 10:37 pm
terry
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Cane Bay is a good place. Also out along side the pier in Fsted. Stay aways from the pier so you don't get caught in the fisher's men lines.

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Posted : November 30, 2009 11:07 pm
DixieChick
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we have night swam at chenay bay. down from the resort a little bit. nice and sandy. but last time we all did we got stung by sea wasps or something similar. could not see anything but sure could feel them.

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Posted : December 1, 2009 12:34 pm
rks
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Night swimming can be delightful!

There are some things people should know, though. It's spooky to think of predators in the water at night, but mostly they are dormant. You're safer generally by night than by day. But fishing line can kill you, and at night there is even less chance to be seen and or rescued if you are in distress. Finally, Sea wasps (box jellies) come out at dusk/night and they can ruin your day if they sting you. They are rare and appear at random near the surface, typically in summer and early fall, but they are attracted to light, so leave the waterproof flashlight ashore! Pacific seawasps can kill...here in the Caribbean they only sting like FURY. I was stung in Los Roques off Venezuela and it itched for over a year.

Be safe and enjoy.

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Posted : December 1, 2009 12:53 pm
Lizard
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rks,
Don't know what book said fish are dormant at night? Some Fish feed according to tides, Some feed Early AM and Early PM. Big Fish eat all the time.8-)

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Posted : December 1, 2009 1:42 pm
dougtamjj
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I never swim after dark because all of my life I was told sharks feed at night.

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Posted : December 1, 2009 8:18 pm
Lizard
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My Grandfather told me three important things if life to always remember, 1) Marry a women that can cook tree bark if she had too that would taste great, 2) Fight anybody but not the IRS, 3) Stay out of the Ocean at night.

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Posted : December 1, 2009 9:31 pm
syzygy
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I use to swim in the ocean at night. But that was when I was young, lucky and dumb. But now I'm old wiser and well probably not so lucky. So no night swim for me. 😉

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Posted : December 2, 2009 1:17 am
Paula
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Anybody remember the opening scene in Jaws?:-o After seeing that I can't get into the ocean after dark!

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Posted : December 2, 2009 3:39 am
Bombi
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I have been in the water at Grape Tree at dusk and in the dark. First off the sand fleas are wicked at dusk and there is definitely more marine activity going on, schools of little fish that jump out of the water being pursued by something larger and hungry and some time being nibbled on by little fish, it's a weird feeling especially at dark. Then one day I was up on the hill above the old hotel near the entrance to Jack's Bay and when I looked down into the sea I could see several fairly good sized sharks cruising around. That kind of soured the desire for me.
The moon is incredible as it rises out of the sea into the atmosphere. It was a joy just to lime and watch. The breeze was very complementary to the experience. Tonight will be a little earlier, maybe a photo op.

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Posted : December 2, 2009 11:04 am
Juanita
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Anybody remember the opening scene in Jaws?:-o After seeing that I can't get into the ocean after dark!

OMG! I started reading the book, got just a few pages into it (the part where she reaches down and her leg is gone) and decided it was NOT for me. Then, like an idiot, I saw the movie. That was what....1973-74? It still has an affect on me to this day.

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Posted : December 2, 2009 11:27 am
Paula
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Anybody remember the opening scene in Jaws?:-o After seeing that I can't get into the ocean after dark!

OMG! I started reading the book, got just a few pages into it (the part where she reaches down and her leg is gone) and decided it was NOT for me. Then, like an idiot, I saw the movie. That was what....1973-74? It still has an affect on me to this day.

I'm the same way Juanita! Even snorkeling in bright sunshine I find myself looking off into the murky distance 'just in case'... Before Jaws I never gave it a thought, after Jaws I'm leery. Makes me mad at myself, but I can't help it! :-X

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Posted : December 3, 2009 4:41 am
sand&snorkel
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couldn't imagine night swimming, even in a pool without barracudas or sharks

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Posted : December 9, 2009 4:24 am
Linda J
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Night swimming is beautiful, expecially with a full moon. in our younger days we planned our caribbean vacations around the full moon,

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Posted : December 9, 2009 9:00 am
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