My fear of massive man-eating sea creatures is well known. I fear them and they know I fear them. That's why the prospect of one of these Kraken migrating from the Ocean Depths into the San Francisco Bay is so troubling. I'm usually not the type to spread mass panic but I believe this to be the case.
I have two proof points and two witnesses. But no pictures because things like this don't actually show up on film so why bother.
On Wednesday, I was steering up Raccoon Strait (thanks O Docker) paying attention to why my tacking angles were so poor when I saw this silvery gray flash of of the port stern and then a big splash. "What the?" I thought. Then Mary said something to the effect of "wow, that was a HUGE fish" and that it jumped clear of our toe-rail. I'd like to point out that Valis has about 4 to 5 feet of freeboard, that fish had JUMPED. And there's only one reason for that, something even bigger was down there trying to eat it. Or us, maybe the thing down there was looking to eat us and the fish just happened to save us by being in the way.
Also on Wednesday, over by AT&T Park, we saw a sea lion repeatedly jumping clear of the water and thrashing about like it had St. Vitus Dance. Over and over this sea lion jumped out of the water. And there's only one reason: sea monster. Or sea monsters. The only comfort came when the same sea lion started tossing what looked like a hunk of sea monster flesh in the air. As odd as that was, it probably wasn't a fish but more the sea lion warning the other sea monster(s) not to mess with it.
At that point, we trimmed the sails a bit more diligently and headed back to Sausalito and the relative safety of the slip. I think I need to warn all sailors and especially you kiteboarders, windsurfers, paddleboarders and kayakers to be careful out there. Sea Monsters are dangerous and quite possibly breeding.