Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The Black Fin

I crossed the bridge from Cape Carteret to Emerald Isle, N.C. Looked to my right and in the mud flats were 3 men, about 30 feet apart, their boat moored, digging for clams. Their backs were to me, and so they never saw the ominous, singular black fin about 50 feet behind them.

The fin was above the water. There was only one.

The fin never made a casual dive but instead, it sank. My heart sank too.

I looked harder for more fins, but I was driving a car over a bridge. Perhaps other dolphins would appear, but I saw only one fin.

Typically, Dolphins travel in pods, not by themselves, whereas, sharks are singular hunters, unless there is a massive amount of food available.

The water below the bridge is the ICW, the Intracoastal Waterway, and it is a mixture of salt and fresh water. When there is less rain, the waters become more salty and ocean-going creatures will venture there. Lots of rain flowing into the ICW, more fresh water creatures like alligators show up.

I prefer the relative equal mix of salt and fresh water and have nothing come up the ICW, particularly if I’m in it.

Although I can’t positively say that the black fin belonged to a shark, I’m glad I wasn’t in the mud flats having a heart attack.

Have you had a fin encounter? I'd love to hear it. Leave me a message.

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