Too Many Seals, Not Enough Sharks

It appears that The Hairy Beast’s musings on the relationship between an exploding New England seal population and the unusual appearance of a great white shark fifty feet off a Cape Cod beach last month (Cape Cod Massachusetts: Too many seals and Great Whites, now!) has prompted some explication from

In the post Too Many Seals, Not Enough Sharks, Capelinks says

I would imagine since both sharks and seals are now protected that their populations are growing happily together.

If a shark can smell drops of blood several miles away, how far away can it smell ten thousand pounds of seal poop?

Interesting segue. Seal poop? What does that have to do with anything?

The seal population here is an issue for a number of reasons, the least of which is the shark population. With the seals now covering large areas of the outer beaches, one concern is pollution from seal waste. I have heard from boaters and fishermen that you can smell the seals from pretty far offshore when the breeze is right, or “ripe”. All these seals doing their business all over miles of shoreline cannot be very good for swimmers. Don’t drink the water… it’s too salty. wink

Aha! So more seals means more seal doo-doo, more sharks and more pollution. Not good.

The Hairy Beasts commends this well-reasoned and entertaining piece to his readers. In his original post he focused on the shark attack because it was spectacular. Pollution and fish depletion are not as “news-sexy” as great whites feeding in bathing areas, but he now understands they are of far more immediate concern.

Still, more great whites flapping around in these waters – eating seals or not – doesn’t sound like a great solution either.



  1. frothmistress
    Posted August 21, 2006 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

    Oh my. Just, oh my. I finished Judge Judy et al. Oh my.

  2. Posted August 21, 2006 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

    I should probably figure out a way to put up a comments section for that story. is that a good “oh my” or a bad “oh my”?

  3. dragonlady474
    Posted August 22, 2006 at 12:31 am | Permalink

    You could copy and paste it all into one post.
    More people need to see it, it’s hilarious.

  4. Posted August 22, 2006 at 12:56 am | Permalink

    She seemed to take the story kind of hard, didn’t she?

  5. dragonlady474
    Posted August 22, 2006 at 1:06 am | Permalink

    hehehe…well the language is kind of shocking.
    But it doesn’t bother me…I mean Denis Leary is my favorite comedian and I was in a band with four guys so I’ve pretty much heard it all.

  6. Posted August 22, 2006 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    I grew up with Dragon so I’ve heard everything…nothing could shock me!

  7. dragonlady474
    Posted August 22, 2006 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    Oh whatever wench!

  8. Posted August 22, 2006 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

    Hmmm, imagine a special surf and whatever plate: Seal Blubber and Great White Steak!

  9. Posted August 22, 2006 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

    Survivorguy on Discovery says seal blubber tastes horrible.

  10. dragonlady474
    Posted August 22, 2006 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

    surf and burp?

  11. dragonlady474
    Posted August 22, 2006 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    btw, is chapter 3 of the chinese food deal in the works? 🙂

  12. Posted August 22, 2006 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

    You ladies have to be nice to Ted he writes books on blogging. Yes part 3 is in the works and The Hairy Beast is going to do a post on the “Judge Judy” so people can comment. The forum version has had 300 views since he put it up so people are reading – just no place to comment.

    Any other requests?

  13. dragonlady474
    Posted August 22, 2006 at 11:37 pm | Permalink

    A glass of merlot?

  14. Posted August 22, 2006 at 11:47 pm | Permalink

    The Hairy Beast is indulging in a glass of Glen Ellen Chardonnay. It is vin ordinaire and almost as passé as Merlot, but much better in the hot weather.

    Although Blush Merlot is also good in the heat.

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