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16 mins ago, ermghoti said:

So you're saying there's a chance...

There's always a chance.

Whether it's a good or bad outcome will be decided when the chance is taken.

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Yes, a strong swimmer could do it easily, but why? It's only about 215 meters, at slack it could be done by an average swimmer. Why take a chance though? Aren't there regular sightings of Great Whites in the canal?

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29 mins ago, RockRonin said:

Yes, a strong swimmer could do it easily, but why? It's only about 215 meters, at slack it could be done by an average swimmer. Why take a chance though? Aren't there regular sightings of Great Whites in the canal?

Great Whites are not the problem, dumb ass fishermen casting plugs trying to get the catch of a life time, thats the problem.......................

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Top 2012: Bear takes Cape by storm
 
Posted Dec 30, 2012 at 2:00 AMUpdated Jan 1, 2013 at 8:38 AM
   

The tale of the Cape Cod Bear was the most-viewed story this year on www.capecodonline.com.

The tale of the Cape Cod Bear began on Memorial Day weekend much like it would for any other visitor to our peninsula, with a morning swim.

“Bears are very good swimmers and it could swim across the canal no problem,” said Jason Zimmer of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.

People may complain that the Cape is overcrowded in the summer but for more than two weeks this peripatetic bear, a 2- to 3-year-old, 180-pound male, explored the golf courses, backyards, woods and even downtowns from Sandwich to Provincetown, avoiding the crowds of media, police and animal control specialists, as well as curious citizens hoping for a glimpse of what is an exceedingly rare sight.

“I couldn’t believe it. I had to rub my eyes. That’s a bear, not a dog,” said Kristina Conaway, who was out jogging out on a Sunday morning of Memorial Day weekend when she spotted the black bear in West Barnstable.As the first bear, possibly since Colonial times, to have made it to the area, the young visitor gathered as much press as it did seed from birdfeeders, accruing a place in the Cape mythos right beside other unique visitors like Dennis the manatee and Gretel the great white shark.

Some expressed fear, others hoped they’d be lucky enough catch a glimpse. Many worried over its fate and thought it should be left alone to join other recent immigrants like coyotes and fisher cats.

“I’d love to see it. Hopefully, it will continue to enjoy the Cape, and no one will hurt it,” said Lynn McIntyre at the Taylor-Bray Farm in Yarmouth.

The state’s black bear population is growing at about 8 percent per year and was estimated at around 3,000 in 2005. But the Cape is not the place for bears, wildlife experts said. There are too many roads and too many people in a relatively confined area that means too many opportunities for bears to get into trouble.

And so, the ending was predictable, if not anti-climactic. It was spotted crossing a highway in Dennis, then in Brewster near the herring run at Stony Brook. Sightings in Wellfleet, Truro, even an amble down Provincetown’s crowded streets followed, always a step ahead of the net and the tranquilizer gun.

As its improbable journey continued, The Cape Cod Bear made the national news and was the topic of conversation in coffee shops, post offices, everywhere. T-shirts popped up. There were rainbow bear stickers. Everyone claimed to have seen it.

“People say they saw him wherever, but I take it with a grain of salt,” said Jill Vaughn of Provincetown. “Everyone is talking about it. My mom is calling from Florida to find out the latest on the bear because she has seen it on Diane Sawyer.”

The bear was good for tourism, town officials proclaimed.

“Everyone likes to root for the underdog,” said Steve Karras of West Yarmouth, whose company produced a “Cape Clawed” T-shirt.

Obvious bear puns ensued once it reached Provincetown, but wildlife officials fearing it had run out of room to roam, deployed large metal bear trap cages baited with a Yogi favorite, doughnuts. To the delight of some, the bear simply left town and seemed headed back to the canal when it was cornered in Wellfleet, sedated and shipped off Cape.

That should have been the curtain call, and people would have moved on to coyotes, sharks and seals, but this bear couldn’t let fame slip through his paws so easily.

 
 

In June, he was spotted in the Chestnut Hill section of Brookline, shot again with a tranquilizer dart. People were upset when our bear took a long fall out of a tree as a result. But he left behind a legacy, if only on the Internet, where a recent search produced more than 200,000 hits for the Cape Cod Bear, 61,200 for the Cape Cod shark attack and 29,200 for Taylor Swift on Cape Cod.

DOUG FRASER

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It should also be noted that airplanes have been flown under all three bridges multiple times.............   Witnessed three ultralight aircraft fly under the Bourne Bridge back in the late 90s...........

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I know I could have done when I was young. I used to swim across all kinds of big ponds. Swam across Walden pond, round trip, going the narrow width, regularly. It was my standard practice when we swam there. I also swam the long way once to prove I could do it.

I feel like if the water was warm enough I could swim for miles, slowly. 

Of course at the canal you'd have to do it a slack, and pretty quick before the tide ran, but I think I could have done it.

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Would only need to do it at slack if you wanted to finish directly across from where you started. Otherwise you'd still get across, just a mile or 2 down current.  

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13 mins ago, Eagles Dare said:

Would only need to do it at slack if you wanted to finish directly across from where you started. Otherwise you'd still get across, just a mile or 2 down current.  

Yea the conversation was mostly around if you could do it in a ripping current. If there was no current at all i think it would be easy for a decent swimmer, its not that far across. My friend said he thought he could do it in ripping current but acknowledged he would end up much further down the canal than where he started

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15 mins ago, Eagles Dare said:

Would only need to do it at slack if you wanted to finish directly across from where you started. Otherwise you'd still get across, just a mile or 2 down current.  

Just tread water,wait out the tide change in the middle?

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19 mins ago, mikez2 said:

 Swam across Walden pond, 

Swam in Walden one night long ago with a beautiful girl. Her boyfriend was kinda pissed when we got back the party though cause none of her clothes were wet at all.

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9 mins ago, newcut said:

Swam in Walden one night long ago with a beautiful girl. Her boyfriend was kinda pissed when we got back the party though cause none of her clothes were wet at all.

Oh dude, you awaken so many memories for me with that story. :)

Walden was a favorite hangout/swimming hole for us back in the 70s. I had so many adventures I can't even remember them all.

One that stands out though involved skipping school, a cute girl and a bottle of tequila. 

I remember it, sorta, because I get frequently reminded by running into that cute girl once and awhile, 40 years later. By an odd quirk of fate, she's a good friend of my ex.

Sorry. Back to the canal swimming discussion. 

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I have seen a sub go through submerged when it was part of a convoy of ships I was with back in another time . It made it without scraping the bottom. I have seen the results of jumpers from the Sagamore , not pleasant. I have witnessed deer on multiple occasions swim across at the east end . I have seen divers for lobsters get pulled into the canal and bob up and down before retrieved near the bulkheads. Given you properly prepare your self and were granted permission by the Army Corp[which I doubt] I would say that you could swim across from one side to the other. UNless you have a motor to help I doubt very seriously it will ever be straight across. The shorted distance is more on the west end then the east end between land points, but I think that you would have a better chance on the east end making it across if you were on the Sandwich Jetty when the current changes west. You would need some on the other side to bring you up near the dolphines        Peace and Prayers   

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4 hours ago, RockRonin said:

Yes, a strong swimmer could do it easily, but why? It's only about 215 meters, at slack it could be done by an average swimmer. Why take a chance though? Aren't there regular sightings of Great Whites in the canal?

Regular? No, but I have seen a few.

I'd be more concerned about Great Blue, personally. 

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I saw a couple people swimming from Falmouth to the vineyard last year- no life jacket and no wet suit.  They did have spotter kayaks and a boat.  They were 2/3s there, and I’m sure they made it.

 

I’m also fairly certain I could swim the canal near slack tide- it isn’t that far.  

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