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Re: I just saw something REALLY cool!
« Reply #15 on: January 19, 2012, 04:10:26 pm »
So there are literally hundreds of mahi mahi schooling around the boat right now. Our junior engineer caught 5 of them in about 15 minutes. He's been beheading them and then rinsing the blood off the deck with predictable results.


You guys have been murdering Central Africans and LAUGHING about it? 

YOU'RE BAD PEOPLE!

Scratch that.  I was thinking "Mali".

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Re: I just saw something REALLY cool!
« Reply #16 on: January 19, 2012, 04:14:14 pm »
 :lulz:

Also, that sounds awesome.
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Re: I just saw something REALLY cool!
« Reply #17 on: January 20, 2012, 01:21:28 am »
mmmmmmm mahi mahi....  you can't blame the shark.   :lulz:

I'm surprised there aren't cameras monitoring the water around the boat to begin with.  It's a research vessel right?  Maybe I misunderstood.  :sad:

No, it's more like a "research" vessel.

We specialize in providing plausible deniability.

(Also we couldn't really have cameras monitoring the water around the boat since there's usually something that doesn't technically exist yet hanging off our stern.)
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Re: I just saw something REALLY cool!
« Reply #18 on: January 20, 2012, 01:30:16 am »
mmmmmmm mahi mahi....  you can't blame the shark.   :lulz:

I'm surprised there aren't cameras monitoring the water around the boat to begin with.  It's a research vessel right?  Maybe I misunderstood.  :sad:

No, it's more like a "research" vessel.

We specialize in providing plausible deniability.

(Also we couldn't really have cameras monitoring the water around the boat since there's usually something that doesn't technically exist yet hanging off our stern.)

What are you talking about?
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Re: I just saw something REALLY cool!
« Reply #19 on: January 20, 2012, 01:38:55 am »
Regardless of which acronym actually contracts us, 95% of the work we do ultimately is for NUWC or DARPA.
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Re: I just saw something REALLY cool!
« Reply #20 on: January 20, 2012, 01:39:41 am »
So in other words, I'm not allowed to tell you what I'm talking about. :lulz:
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Re: I just saw something REALLY cool!
« Reply #21 on: January 20, 2012, 02:08:12 am »
So in other words, I'm not allowed to tell you what I'm talking about. :lulz:

I knew that. Bad joke didn't translate well. :lulz:
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Re: I just saw something REALLY cool!
« Reply #22 on: January 20, 2012, 02:38:16 am »
So there are literally hundreds of mahi mahi schooling around the boat right now. Our junior engineer caught 5 of them in about 15 minutes. He's been beheading them and then rinsing the blood off the deck with predictable results.

Those results being that I just got to watch a rather large whitetip shark (I'd guess it was 8-10 feet) come rocketing up from the deep and eat one of the larger mahi mahi that was swimming around in our stern lights. That was some serious National Geographic shit!

Your story almost (ALMOST) makes me wish I still lived on a boat.  Your boat life is likely very, very different from the one I lived but I do recall anchoring off of the Yucatan peninsula when the tropical flying fish were spawing (this type: http://eol.org/pages/207280/overview)

Naturally, it attracted every predator for miles, including Blue Sharks that would circle the boat and join in the smorgasbord. 

We were actually fishing for food at times and that's a different story all together, but I finally got tired of seeing the sharks circle and only eating the shit bait fish (not the fliers, another species I wouldn't identify even if I knew because of bad memories from eating so damn many of them) and worked with the Chief Engineer to fashion a large hook from 1/4" aluminum, in order to catch one of these sharks. 

After we finished the hook, I asked the boson to help me knot a nylon line strong enough to hold a good size shark.  He recommended an eye splice in 1/4" nylon.  Watching and learning to tie that knot (and many others in my time on that boat) gave me a great respect for mariners, above and beyond what I already had.

I tied a 15' line to a pole on this boat, baited the hook with half a fish and tossed it over. 

a 5' (maybe 4-1/2", my memory embellishes by the half foot) blue came by and nibbled the fish. As soon as I saw him try and swallow it, I yanked on the rope to bury the hook and then let it go.

He was hooked and done.  I celebrated with my compadres and let him tire himself out for 5 or 10 minutes (not nearly enough, btw) and pulled him on board. 

I'll spare the gruesome details between how I caught him and how he ended up on our plates, but after soaking the meat in milk for a couple of hours, I enjoyed the best shark I have ever eaten.

Long winded story but, ECH, your tale made me miss the water.  For a minute, anyway, and I'm glad I read TT.
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Re: I just saw something REALLY cool!
« Reply #23 on: January 20, 2012, 11:55:30 am »
Was his name higgs?
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Re: I just saw something REALLY cool!
« Reply #24 on: January 20, 2012, 02:40:37 pm »
So in other words, I'm not allowed to tell you what I'm talking about. :lulz:

But you can pack me some mahi mahi in some dry ice and ship it?  Because Missouri think "fresh" fish is a catfish with two heads from the Mississippi River.

I'm so jealous, I miss fresh snd for that matter edible seafood..... :cry:

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Re: I just saw something REALLY cool!
« Reply #25 on: January 20, 2012, 03:35:02 pm »
I'm pretty sure I can't send either fish or dry ice through the mail from a foreign country without an import license.

But even if I could, that would be the most expensive mahi anybody ever ate. :lulz:

That said, mahi is one of those firm-fleshed fishes that does not suffer any from being frozen. My advice would be to make friends with someone who is in charge of ordering for a local restaurant. Ask them if they'll order some for you from their vendor.
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Re: I just saw something REALLY cool!
« Reply #26 on: January 20, 2012, 03:51:13 pm »
I'm pretty sure I can't send either fish or dry ice through the mail from a foreign country without an import license.

But even if I could, that would be the most expensive mahi anybody ever ate. :lulz:

That said, mahi is one of those firm-fleshed fishes that does not suffer any from being frozen. My advice would be to make friends with someone who is in charge of ordering for a local restaurant. Ask them if they'll order some for you from their vendor.

I was only joking.... 

That's a good idea, I work with a few restaurants, I'll have to check with them.  I really don't care if it is mahi, just a decent fish that isn't catfish.