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The Yak Bug

We went Kayaking this Saturday and I was astounded by the sheer quantity of life that can be found over at La Jolla Cove. It was The PM, The Teacher, The Fisherman, and myself. We caught plenty of mackerel for bait. There were two Calico Seabass or something like that. The Fisherman hooked what he thinks was a LARGE Yellowtail. It got tangled in kelp and ultimately got away. But I saw the fish struggle and I could tell it was HUGE. We saw various birds above us and fish below us. We saw sea lions swimming around us. I even saw one lunge out of the water, with a fish leaping through the air, inches away from its nose.

Later, waiting while The Fisherman was coming in, I saw his eyes get big and look down. He waited until he was in the shallows before dismounting his Kayak. "Did you see those sharks?" he asked. I hadn't. But now that he had mentioned it, I could see hundreds of sharks in the swells. Dark beasts, they appeared to be far larger than leopard sharks. That would account for the dead shovelnose guitarfish we saw on shore that had a bite taken out of it.

I decided to walk out to the sharks. On the way, I spied a small sting ray at my feet and was reminded to shuffle my feet, rather than walk out. When I got fairly close, the sharks just looked too big for comfort.

It looked something like the picture on the right (which is not mine).

I want to go back out there.

Told ya it was a bug

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