Phil Clark had some company while he was surfing in the waters off Orleans public beach this morning: several dogfish sharks were swimming alongside his board, furiously feeding on a group of skate fish.
But the 63-year-old owner of Nauset Surf Shop wasn't the least bit fazed.
"They don't scare me at all," Clark said of the 3-foot-long sharks, who mostly prey on other fish. "We don't smell right to them."
Clark's experience differed from that of fellow surfer Chuck Patterson, who earlier this week found himself encircled by two great white sharks off the beaches of northern San Diego County.
Two days later, he returned to the same spot -- this time with a high-definition camera mounted to a 10-foot pole, which he used to capture footage of the maritime predators.
Unlike Clark's seemingly harmless dogfish sharks, the two great whites (estimated to be between 7 and 9 feet long) have been known to attack surfers. If Clark had been in Patterson's position, he doesn't think he would be so nonchalant.
"My toes would grip that surfboard so tight," Clark said. "I'd be very nervous."
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