Notices

Scalloping episode this afternoon

Old 07-09-2020, 07:27 PM
  #1  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Posts: 147
Received 66 Likes on 36 Posts
Default Scalloping episode this afternoon

Some of you may not believe what I am about to write, but it happened. Drinking a few more bevis than a normal night now we are laughing our tails off over it. I just dont think this happens too frequently.
Great friend of 30 years comes down last night with his daughter 12 and son 14 from GA to go snapper fishing for a few days. I called the trip today because of wind and when I woke at 4am our kids and my buddies kids were still playing in the pool. I let everyone sleep in and we headed out Crystal River to scallop a few hours around lunch time. Chill day, and its for the kids so I relax into it. Our 3rd stop we find enough scallops to stay in the area and make our way to something resembling a limit. 30 minutes at this spot and I hear my buddies daughter screaming bloody murder for help... all I can think is theres a ramora and she thinks it's a shark. I see my daughter and son dive off the boat 13 and 16 respectively and get her. My fat ass is flippering from 100 feet out at what seems like mock 1 to the scene. Her dad never heard the screams as he was underwater but only 15 feet from her.
I get to her before he even knows what's going on and she is gushing blood from her head, top left side. The kids already got her in the boat and the deck looks like we just bailed 4 limits of dolphin. I get her head compressed in a towel, get 4 other people out of the water and make way to port. The young lady is calm, cool and all smiles... I'm thinking shock is setting in. My fiance is tending to her and all seems good. But I'm running flat out, not sure if I should be hailing the CG with a "pan pan"... but everything was stable. For those reading this who i passed in the crystal river channel like an ass... this is why.
The whole ride back we are trying to figure out what got her. She kept saying all she saw was tentacles. It pulled her mask off and she had to punch it to get it to go away. But she kept staying she was swimming at the surface so how could it be? An octopus? I could almost understand if she was digging in a hole at the ocean floor but she was literally 10 feet from the boat and floating in 8-9 feet. So we are all sitting here wondering what it was... a squid I dont believe would have what it takes to remove her mask, so it has to be an octopus. She is a Fisher outdoorsy type girl so she knows what tentacles are so I believe whatever it was had tentacles.
The beast cut her hair in an absolute straight line. Looks like someone took shears and just randomly cut a huge chunk off her side pony tail. The cut is fairly deep but about 2 inches long and straight.
We trimmed the area, cleaned with appropriate chemicals and dermaplasted the gash shut. It was sad that not a single adult was close to considering taking her to the ER for stitches during this Covid crap. Anyway be careful out there scalloping... the Cracken is looming.


Likes:
Old 07-09-2020, 07:30 PM
  #2  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: nature coast, florida
Posts: 250
Received 54 Likes on 42 Posts
Default

wow... thanks for the report.
Old 07-09-2020, 08:03 PM
  #3  
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: St Pete
Posts: 28
Received 10 Likes on 6 Posts
Default

Wild story.. glad the little girl is doing alright. Always thought octopus left circular bites? thats a razor sharp cut she has
Old 07-09-2020, 08:07 PM
  #4  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 1,167
Received 403 Likes on 184 Posts
Default

Poor little thing. I'll bet she came up too close to the boat and hit a trim tab or skeg and was just too scared to say something.
Old 07-09-2020, 08:16 PM
  #5  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Posts: 419
Received 127 Likes on 70 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by Chum On View Post
Some of you may not believe what I am about to write, but it happened. Drinking a few more bevis than a normal night now we are laughing our tails off over it. I just dont think this happens too frequently.
Great friend of 30 years comes down last night with his daughter 12 and son 14 from GA to go snapper fishing for a few days. I called the trip today because of wind and when I woke at 4am our kids and my buddies kids were still playing in the pool. I let everyone sleep in and we headed out Crystal River to scallop a few hours around lunch time. Chill day, and its for the kids so I relax into it. Our 3rd stop we find enough scallops to stay in the area and make our way to something resembling a limit. 30 minutes at this spot and I hear my buddies daughter screaming bloody murder for help... all I can think is theres a ramora and she thinks it's a shark. I see my daughter and son dive off the boat 13 and 16 respectively and get her. My fat ass is flippering from 100 feet out at what seems like mock 1 to the scene. Her dad never heard the screams as he was underwater but only 15 feet from her.
I get to her before he even knows what's going on and she is gushing blood from her head, top left side. The kids already got her in the boat and the deck looks like we just bailed 4 limits of dolphin. I get her head compressed in a towel, get 4 other people out of the water and make way to port. The young lady is calm, cool and all smiles... I'm thinking shock is setting in. My fiance is tending to her and all seems good. But I'm running flat out, not sure if I should be hailing the CG with a "pan pan"... but everything was stable. For those reading this who i passed in the crystal river channel like an ass... this is why.
The whole ride back we are trying to figure out what got her. She kept saying all she saw was tentacles. It pulled her mask off and she had to punch it to get it to go away. But she kept staying she was swimming at the surface so how could it be? An octopus? I could almost understand if she was digging in a hole at the ocean floor but she was literally 10 feet from the boat and floating in 8-9 feet. So we are all sitting here wondering what it was... a squid I dont believe would have what it takes to remove her mask, so it has to be an octopus. She is a Fisher outdoorsy type girl so she knows what tentacles are so I believe whatever it was had tentacles.
The beast cut her hair in an absolute straight line. Looks like someone took shears and just randomly cut a huge chunk off her side pony tail. The cut is fairly deep but about 2 inches long and straight.
We trimmed the area, cleaned with appropriate chemicals and dermaplasted the gash shut. It was sad that not a single adult was close to considering taking her to the ER for stitches during this Covid crap. Anyway be careful out there scalloping... the Cracken is looming.

That should be stapled. Take her to an urgent care in the am
Old 07-09-2020, 08:39 PM
  #6  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Posts: 147
Received 66 Likes on 36 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by OliMiami View Post
That should be stapled. Take her to an urgent care in the am
Agree.... we are.
Likes:
Old 07-09-2020, 08:40 PM
  #7  
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2020
Posts: 6
Received 4 Likes on 2 Posts
Default

I hope she is OK. It was not a scallop since they are not in the area for many years, but hope she gets well soon. Will not comment on the cause since I was not there, other than not a scallop.
Old 07-09-2020, 08:43 PM
  #8  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Posts: 147
Received 66 Likes on 36 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by on deck View Post
Poor little thing. I'll bet she came up too close to the boat and hit a trim tab or skeg and was just too scared to say something.
She was midship 10-15 feet from the starboard side. We are wrecking our brains on this. What she "saw"on her face and vs the result makes zero sense. She keeps saying it had tentacles and looked like a starfish. Our daughter confirmed her floating on the surface. He location. The series of events but did not see the animal. It's crazy.
Old 07-09-2020, 08:55 PM
  #9  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 461
Received 199 Likes on 107 Posts
Default

Screw worrying about the covid nonsense unless any of y’all are over 70 or severely sick already. Take that poor girl to get stitches or staples.
Old 07-09-2020, 09:10 PM
  #10  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Jax, FL
Posts: 2,567
Received 1,072 Likes on 530 Posts
Default

I went to the ER a month ago for a cut. Best ER experience I've ever had. Only people that need actual emergency care are there. All of the kooks that use it like a primary care have been scared off.
Likes:
Old 07-09-2020, 09:59 PM
  #11  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2019
Posts: 506
Received 416 Likes on 189 Posts
Default

Sitting at my desk in the ER right now. Actually only about 1/3 of my rooms are full. That wound really should be closed, and waiting until tomorrow is really longer than you should wait. Most ERs are doing a really good job of segregating potential COVID patients, and taking care to decontaminate everything. We have UV systems and such that I doubt the urgent cares have. If that were my kid, I would take her in to get that stapled. Wear a mask. Don’t touch your face. Wash your hands if you touch anything.
Old 07-09-2020, 10:02 PM
  #12  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: St Petersburg, FL
Posts: 116
Likes: 0
Received 3 Likes on 3 Posts
Default

I did encounter a decent sized octopus along a rock cluster in about 8’ a few years ago out of Homosassa but the thing took off versus instigating, they are incredibly intelligent...I always think of that video from a while back where one peels a divers mask off so I do not at all doubt an octopus may have been the cause and then maybe she hit her head on something sharp?
Old 07-09-2020, 10:08 PM
  #13  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: North Florida
Posts: 270
Received 126 Likes on 65 Posts
Default

Wow, thanks for sharing. I always wondered if they would air shark week right before scallop season if it would reduce the pressure on the numbers. Lol
Guys be safe out there.
Old 07-09-2020, 10:40 PM
  #14  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Apollo Beach, FL
Posts: 3,808
Received 1,262 Likes on 623 Posts
Default

Thanks for sharing. We were there last week with our kids and this is interesting to say the least. Due to the low number of scallops we ended up sending them down on the Gomez Rocks to watch sea life. They had a blast, but this incident is weird. Hopefully someone will chime in with an idea.

Weird things do happen, a few weeks ago my friend had bull sharks chewing off his anchor line as he was spear fishing, and he watched them doing it. Yes he retrieved his anchor and grabbed the anchor line on his way up.
Old 07-10-2020, 08:58 AM
  #15  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 226
Received 41 Likes on 26 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by Flying_Norseman View Post

Weird things do happen, a few weeks ago my friend had bull sharks chewing off his anchor line as he was spear fishing, and he watched them doing it. Yes he retrieved his anchor and grabbed the anchor line on his way up.
Smart bull sharks. Chew off the anchor, boat drifts away, diver runs out of air.....easy meal.
Old 07-10-2020, 06:37 PM
  #16  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Florida
Posts: 7,506
Received 3,740 Likes on 1,962 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by Flying_Norseman View Post
Thanks for sharing. We were there last week with our kids and this is interesting to say the least. Due to the low number of scallops we ended up sending them down on the Gomez Rocks to watch sea life. They had a blast, but this incident is weird. Hopefully someone will chime in with an idea.

Weird things do happen, a few weeks ago my friend had bull sharks chewing off his anchor line as he was spear fishing, and he watched them doing it. Yes he retrieved his anchor and grabbed the anchor line on his way up.
No answers for the wound.
Strange, and I have seen a bunch over the years.
Commercial spear fished for 10 years and thousands of dives in the area all the way to the keys commercial lobster diving.

I have only been bitten one time in the water that got me good and it was a trigger fish. Fn sharks, morays, fire coral and all sorts of shit. It took a chunk out of the back of my leg and the sucker had it's eyes rolled back in it's head like a great white. I rolled and grabbed it by the eyes and it let go finally. It swam at me again and I shot it with my speargun and placed the SOB in my lobster bag.

Went to come up the dive ladder and it bit me again through the lobster bag. Took another chunk out of my thigh.
The wound shown by the Op is strange but I will not discount the event. Hope the little gal is fine but I still have no idea looking at the wound.
Old 07-10-2020, 08:05 PM
  #17  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 99
Received 16 Likes on 12 Posts
Default

Thanks for sharing. We were out of crystal river yesterday from about 9:30 - 2:30. Having kids on the boat that we’re in the water a lot this is scary. We did see a very big sting ray at our level in the water. Also a couple of decent sized sea turtles. The Ray really surprised us all. It was big. We were in about 5’ of water East of most boats. Is it possible a stingray tail sliced her? Having been stung before the pain is unbearable but wondering if it could have just sliced and not even known. I know it completely surprised me and clarity was pretty great. Besides that the day before we had a remora chasing us around but it was more interested in my boat. Although I jokingly told everyone to watch out for whatever big thing this thing was swimming with.
Old 07-10-2020, 08:34 PM
  #18  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Land O Lakes
Posts: 643
Received 177 Likes on 118 Posts
Default

Wonder if an octopus mistook her head and ponytails for another octopus as it looked up into the glare? I don't know if they are aggressive towards each other, but assume they are at times. The cut ponytail is strange. Octopus are very smart so it seems a stretch, but, things happen sometimes.

Hope she is doing well.
Likes:
Old 07-11-2020, 07:08 PM
  #19  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Posts: 147
Received 66 Likes on 36 Posts
Default

She is doing great... pissed cause she couldnt back out the next day... neighbors have been awesome. Even had some appropriate signage donated! Some awesome people.



Old 07-12-2020, 10:35 AM
  #20  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Tarpon Springs
Posts: 5,749
Received 1,151 Likes on 666 Posts
Default

It cut the hair and her? That’s really weird bc hair in water has no tension on it so it would have to be something extremely sharp I’d think.


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.