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Old 10-26-2012, 03:59 PM   #91
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Why don't these creatures get moved to behind the fence line?! I understand how when they're small, they can get thru and then grow big, but come on - look what happened to the Crocodile Hunter b/c of a Sting Ray If that thing had buried itself and no one saw it and stepped on it, the tail w/barbs could have whipped up and gotten the person. I don't want that happening to me or my family, especially my kids

I don't mind "admiring them from afar", but not in the same waters I'm frolicking in. This and the picture of the barricuda having lunch is giving me the hebejebees!
Okay well first of all what happened to the Crocodile Hunter was a freak accident with a Bull Ray, which are not located in Caribbean waters. And when I say freak, I mean it. Death by sting ray is extremely rare and only 17 have been logged since 1996.

Regardless of that the ocean is these creature's home too. Yes, Disney could move them out, but that's not to say they wouldn't find a way back in... one way or another.

If it bothers you that badly, don't swim in those areas? It's the Ocean. As much as we may not like it, Disney cannot keep it 100% safe all the time.
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Old 10-26-2012, 05:08 PM   #92
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We've seen barracuda every time we snorkel on the family beach. One note about them -- they like shiny objects. You should not snorkel or swim with rings and other shiny jewelry on.
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There are barracuda and nurse sharks at Castaway Cay, and some of the sharks slip through and around the shark net at the family beach.

On another cruise, we had to make an unscheduled stop after CC because a 13-year old boy decided to tease a nearby barracuda (probably not Barry!) who took a sizeable chunk out of his hand and he needed some stitches and a tetanus shot/antibiotics.
Yikes! Thanks for the heads up.

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Old 10-26-2012, 05:32 PM   #93
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Okay well first of all what happened to the Crocodile Hunter was a freak accident with a Bull Ray, which are not located in Caribbean waters. And when I say freak, I mean it. Death by sting ray is extremely rare and only 17 have been logged since 1996.

Regardless of that the ocean is these creature's home too. Yes, Disney could move them out, but that's not to say they wouldn't find a way back in... one way or another.

If it bothers you that badly, don't swim in those areas? It's the Ocean. As much as we may not like it, Disney cannot keep it 100% safe all the time.
It's just like the gators in our "lakes" here in Orlando. If we call Fish and Wildlife they won't relocate the gators because they just find their way right back in. They've made it their home, after all, and will do whatever they can to get back (as the critters at CC might)! Instead, here they destroy the animal. Obviously, in highly inhabited areas, this is a danger, and I would argue is worth it. On the other hand, sometimes they were there first! The lake we swam in at UF had resident gators. The lifeguards (my roommate was one) just cleared everyone off the beach when one decided to sun on the diving platform. It's part of life here. *shrug*
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Old 10-26-2012, 06:12 PM   #94
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My favorite shark is a whale shark, which I finally got to see up close last Thanksgiving. If we can include rays, my favorite is a manta ray. I would be so excited to see sharks at the island, but I doubt we'd get my mom off the boat again if that happened.
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Old 10-26-2012, 08:43 PM   #95
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A couple cruises ago, when we were snorkeling in the family beach area, we saw a lion fish by one of those sunken pot habitats/decorations. It was beautiful, but freaked us out a bit because we had heard they were toxic. Before that, we had only ever seen them in aquariums, never in the wild. Since that experience, my kids have preferred bike riding on CC rather than snorkeling!
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Old 10-26-2012, 10:00 PM   #96
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We did not see sharks last October, but we had schools of fish around our ankles at the family beach, the kids were feeding them chocolate chip cookies. It was a blast watching the littles ones in the ocean with fish swimming around them. So I would beg most sea life around CC is well fed. Based on the post here can not wait to find out what we will see in April.
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Old 10-26-2012, 10:37 PM   #97
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A couple cruises ago, when we were snorkeling in the family beach area, we saw a lion fish by one of those sunken pot habitats/decorations. It was beautiful, but freaked us out a bit because we had heard they were toxic. Before that, we had only ever seen them in aquariums, never in the wild. Since that experience, my kids have preferred bike riding on CC rather than snorkeling!
How cool would that be!

My DDs' favorite shark is the whale shark. We saw a movie about them at the science museum last winter and they both think they are extremely cool.

I am doing a cruise sans children in April and can't wait to check out the wildlife at Serenity Bay.
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Old 02-22-2013, 07:38 PM   #99
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Thanks for the bump - what an interesting discussion!

We never made it past about 3 feet from the shoreline on the family beach, so we didn't see any fish. We are planning on snorkling this time. I think I would freeze up if I saw a shark (or any large fish), but I am from the prairie, and am not used to fish (I think they move funny)
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Two weeks ago while at Castaway Serenity Bay I waded quite a way out. To my chagrin a three foot long barracuda approached. I just stayed in place and it swam on past. Others took note and along with me quickly made it back to the beach.
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Hi all. Brand new to posting, but long-time lurker. I have a question about Castaway Cay.... is the island protected by a shark net or anything of that nature? Sorry, I know it's a goofy question, but I have a cripping phobia of sharks I'm contemplating booking a cruise and want to know how safely I may frolic in the water there. Thanks for any input and thank you in advance for not mocking me too much.
As others have mentioned CC does has a shark net but as an avid and frequent scuba diver I rarely see sharks and when I do they have never bothered me nor have I felt threatened by them. Sharks have gotten a really bad rap and you have nothing to fear.
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Old 02-23-2013, 10:40 AM   #103
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There is no "net" at Quiet Cove. About the only thing I personally have seen there was a couple of stingrays and a sea slug.
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Actually lots of sharks around! Mostly nurse sharks. We did the bottom fishing excursion last Sept (LOVED IT) and they chum the waters. Lots of sharks came and ate the fish we were catching right off our hooks. Had to move the boat to right next to the adult beach to loose some of them. Finally the men put heavier line on and started catching them. Cool and great photo ops. So yup, sharks. As the boat captain said, it IS the Caribbean ya know!
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