Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Lots Of Sharks In The Water Today

I've made some good trades today, but was burned badly once.

So, it's 11:30 and I'm going to take a long lunch. I think now is when volatility dies and we reconvene in the beginning of September to go nuts again.

Of course, I'll completely change my tune should we sell off today and end negative.

Meanwhile, is this picture a shark or a dolphin?

Click here to find out.

No waves today here so the only sharks I'll see today are in the market.


artha said...

Hi DT,
I read over the weekend that Cape May is one of the top bird watching spots in North America, and that the World Series of Birding is held there. The article talked about the number of feral cats that are threatening some of the birds, such as the pipling plovers.

What exactly is the World Series of Birding? Did you move to Cape May for the bird watching?

Dinosaur Trader said...


No, I didn't move for the bird watching, it's more of a happy coincidence.

The World Series of Birding is where teams, comprised of 4 birders, go out and try to see as many species of bird in one day from midnight to midnight. It may sound funny, but it's a grueling competition.

Birders also go out for "Big Days" or "Big Years" where they try to see as many species as they can in one day (or year).

If you're interested, I'd check out Kenn Kaufmann's book "Kingbird Highway" or "The Big Year" by Mark Obmascik.

As for the cats, feral cats as well as cats that people just keep as "outdoor" cats are no good for birds. Dogs on the beach during nesting season are also really bad (especially for the plovers who next on the beach and whose eggs are "the color of sand").

Worse yet and perhaps most threatening to birds of all types is overuse of pesticides and herbicides by homeowners.



mOOm said...

I once saw three or four dolphins just like that coming forwards in a wave on the south coast of NSW in Australia...

Dinosaur Trader said...


Doesn't Australia have a reputation for being "sharky?"

Man, that would freak me out.


Bluedog said...

Hi DT,

That's a dolphin. Notice the distinctly shaped dorsal fin and dolphin tail (up - down) versus the shark tail (left - right). I've surfed in some very sharky waters in South Africa (East London) and the Azores, and that pic would be a welcome sight. :)


Dinosaur Trader said...


Excellent! You got the answer right.

Is it true that sharks don't like to hang with dolphins? Dolphins scare them away?

I don't know if I'd want to surf in "sharky" waters. I'm a pussy like that...


Anonymous said...

Great photo, although I liked it better when I thought it was a shark.