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  1. #16
    May 2008
    Teknetics T2SE, GARRETT GTI 2500, Garrett Infinium
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    Quote Originally Posted by WaterWalker View Post
    Sharks in Guam, Snakes and Snapping turtles in Connecticut and Massachusetts, Birds in Iceland, Goats in Spain, Caught a duck with a fishing hook in its beak attached to 30 feet of line and 2 sinkers - Pliers used to remove the hook and the duck quacks with a lisp. Followed by and hit by salt water fish, bit by crabs, watched whales, seals and foul go by. I've been chased by angry bees and surrounded by feeding Blue fish and stepped into deep holes and over sharp drop-offs OOPS...

    This hobby IS dangerous, kinda of scary isn't it?
    Don't have many huntin' buddies, huh?
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    "A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything." — Friedrich Nietzsche

    "You ask where I live. I cannot tell you. I am a Voyageur, a Chicot, sir. I live everywhere. My grandfather was a voyageur; he died while on a voyage. My father was a voyageur; he died while on a voyage. I will also die while en route, and another Chicot will take my place. Such is our course of life."

  2. #17
    May 2018
    White's MXT Tesoro Cibola Tesoro Golden Sabre Plus Garrett ADS Master Hunter 7
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    Quote Originally Posted by Irishgoldhound View Post
    Ive been dive bombed by a bunch of birds in the bush. Got the hell out of there in a hurry. One thing that freaks me out is birds diving at my head.
    I used to get dive-bombed by mockingbirds, but only one at a time - and always at the very same spot on a 1.25 mile walking trail around the Navy-Marine Corps stadium where I used to walk during my lunch hour. I admired their ferocity.
    "Rage, rage against the dying of the light...Do not go gentle into that good night" - Dylan Thomas

  3. #18

    Jan 2012
    18749 times
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    If its in the water - Ive seen it or dealt with it
    jelly fish - including a box - I wear gloves most of the time when i water hunt just so i can push jellies and man o wars aside
    in the case of the box - Im glad i wear a mask and saw it - ii was like 2ft away - i pushed water towards it to get it away then went in the other
    direction hoping he did not have any relatives near by
    barracudas - had some intimidate me and one snap right in front of my mask in bad viz
    had a huge school of blue fish mow right thru me - at least a couple 100 - was more affraid of what might be chasing them
    been attacked by crabs - luckily i wear 7mm boots
    had an electric eel go up my swim shorts - WHydah was there for that - i was lucky i had lycra bike shorts on - saved my goodies
    by i still got a good zap
    was attacked by a pelican - bit my shin and gave me a good cut
    ive been hooked by fishermen that were in a no fishing zone a few times
    was threatened by topless women more than a few times - jumping in front of me
    trying to distract me
    Motto = "I try to hit where others cant or others wont "

  4. #19
    Charter Member
    Aug 2013
    Southern California
    Equinox / XP Deus
    10565 times
    A dolphin came up right beside me and looked me straight in the eye. It was a ripped, very muscled dolphin. Scared me at first then I realized I had been given a gift. I kind of wonder if there was a predator nearby.

    You just have to make sure your skin is thicker than your coat.

  5. #20

    Dec 2018
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ID:	1746523Dozens of Gators, Sharks, Bears, Snakes, Monkeys (really nasty), one monster croc. Welcome to Florida. A few months ago I came eye to eye with a huge wild hog that probably weighed more than I did, that was a really tense moment. After that experience if I go in deep I carry bear spray. No pythons yet! They blend in so well you can walk within inches and not see them. Had to have a serious talk with the Wife, if we have a “issue” WE are going to have seconds to waste this MF before it gets me, so don’t just stand there and watch. She hates snakes but gets the point plus we always pack protection,emergency gear and comms. Very well prepared for adventure. In the one pix, the baby blacktip swam right by me while I was standing beside the boat while deep in the Glades last week. Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	1746506Just a note: There is a MAJOR ISSUE with the wildlife in Southern Florida. The Pythons have wiped out 99% of the wildlife. It might be a combination of Hurricane Irma, pollution, the red tide also to factor in , We have been reading about it but saw it first hand last week while in Everglades NP and the Keys. There were no birds of any kind, usually thousands everywhere. No raccoons usually the little bandits are everywhere raiding our campsites.....Zero. We would normally see 20-50 dolphins.....2. Talking to a Baitboat Capt. He said it’s the first time there was no bait run in 27 years. We ran out to Nest Key about 20 miles out which is loaded with birds.....nothing. Just quiet. Nothing. Very very eerie.
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  6. #21
    Aug 2016
    Guelph, Ontario
    Garrett AT PRO, Bounty Hunter DISCOVERY 1100
    51 times
    Metal Detecting
    I was in a local park a few weeks ago around dusk just quietly swinging away, caught a movement off to the side. It was a skunk!!! not quite full grown but happily walking towards me a few feet away. I just stood there as it came up and sniffed my leg then it turned and went on its way. It was a tense few seconds but I figured that just staying still was the best option at that point. I kept an eye on it for a while but then suddenly I couldn't see it anymore as it was getting too dark. Thought that was a good time to call it a day.
    I moved a planter next to the hot-tub on Sunday and disturbed a wasp nest I had no idea about. They were not too happy with me, I'm glad my wife didn't see how fast I can move when the need arises as I'm sure I was not too graceful getting out of the area.
    Not as disturbing as some of you'r guys encounters but enough to get my heart beating a little faster.

  7. #22
    Charter Member

    Dec 2015
    Ann Arbor
    Equinox 800
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    Detecting in a grassy field in my zone when this freakin explosion like a tornado in a hayfield this huge prehistoric Pheasant starts flying my poop stars flying holy crap those things can scare you into a heart attack
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  8. #23

    Dec 2004
    Tesoro Bandido II umax Fisher CZ20 Minelab Excalibur II 10" coil
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    Had a dolphin approach me in Turks and Caicos while detecting , it must have heard the threshold tone. I've also had 6'wide stingrays glide past me and I was once in the middle of a baitball of small fish with bigger fish on the outside.

  9. #24

    Oct 2014
    New Hampshire
    Minelab excalibur blue tube 1000 Fisher cz-6a, 1265x, Whites eagle IIsl
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  10. #25
    beachcomber, treasure hunter, fisherman

    Jun 2016
    FL keys
    Mine lab primary fisher secondary
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    A picture is worth a thousand words....had the same experience as you 1KBlue Tuber. Only difference was a fisherman who was standing on the otherside of the shark. I was able to back out of the water and warn the fisherman. I through rocks at the shark trying to distract it while the fisherman slowly worked his way around the back of the shark and in to the beach. The shark was a very large bull in waist deep water !! We both sat on the beach in dis belief......he shared a beer with me and left with many thank yous.

  11. #26
    Jul 2014
    Garrett AT PRO, Minelab Equinox 800, Garrett Ace 350, Garrett Pro-Pointer AT
    384 times
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    Wildlife encounters while MD-ing

    Flipperfla, All the best staying safe. What is the tan, striped snake? A rat snake?

  12. #27

    Jan 2021
    Central Texas
    Bounty Hunter Quick Silver
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    The worst encounter I have had so far is chiggers. Made my midsection itchy for about three weeks!
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  13. #28
    Apr 2013
    Xcal Xterra's DF
    189 times
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    Manatees are easy to spot when they are coming toward you, but when you're out there in waist/chest deep water at sunup, and one pulls up beside you from behind.....
    I've had more than one show interest in the big yellow coil of the Duel Field.

  14. #29
    Jul 2021
    Minelab Equinox 800, Vanquish 540, & ProFind 35, Whites Prizm 6T, Fisher Gold Bug 2 & F-Pulse
    14 times
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    Last summer, my daughter and I were detecting at night on the SE coast of Florida at the water line when we noticed what looked like huge boulders in the water that weren't there when we started. I thought maybe the tide was still going out and uncovered the boulders, but then we could see they were moving slightly. I thought, "What the...!" Then my daughter whispered "Freeze!" as the first boulder came on shore. Then we realized there were massive Loggerhead turles coming on shore to lay their eggs. We froze and turned off our red headlamps and detectors and were surrounded by a dozen turtles in just minutes. They move surprizingly fast on land and within minutes they passed by us and were moving to the edge of the dunes. We didn't want to disturb their nesting so we then quietly slipped away to the beach entrance and watch as many more of these boulders krept on shore. It was pretty cool to see.

  15. #30
    Relic Recoverist

    Jun 2015
    Whites MX-7 / Nokta Simplex+
    361 times
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    While out to a frequent spot last year settle in some deep backwoods, I kept hearing a crunching sound. I wasn't even 5 minutes in swinging. I caught a glimpse of something roughly 50ft away cresting the hilltop I was on. It was a momma deer and a somewhat fresh yearly in tow. I froze and didn't move. When I looked down I noticed I was right on top of their path and walking towards me cautiously. They never noticed me. Not even 10 ft away the mom stopped in front of me looking in another direction. She flicked her ear, and they both walked to my left down the hill aside from me. After the got about 20 ft l away. I yelled out " what are yall up to!?" I never seen a deer jump in the air so high 🤣. The baby just looked back at me like ' ya I knew you were there. I carried on with my day


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