Jun 26, 2005

Dun Dun Dun Dun... (theme from Jaws)

Okay, first let me clarify that I'm not joking about this. A 14 year old girl has just died from a shark attack in Destin, Florida so there's nothing funny about it. My heart goes out to her family.

Did anyone happen to see "Open Water" last year? It was one of the most disturbing movies I've ever seen. Since then I haven't had the opportunity to swim in the ocean, and I'm not sure I'll ever be able to enjoy the warm salty waves with the same innocence. The world can be a brutal place and part of its brutality is its wildlife.

You can't really hold it against the 8 ft. long bull-shark, though. He's just eating. In this case, according to the surfer who tried to save the girl, it was lunch. So that makes the shark no less of a "criminal" than anyone who eats a steak, or fried chicken, or escargot. Right?

According to the article I read it was the first shark attack of any kind recorded in that county. What exactly does that mean? Do sharks adhere to certain county lines in the ocean? Isn't it all just one big watery place to them?

Everyone in the gulf during the attack was ordered out of the water. During the attack? Well, uh, no duh! You certainly wouldn't have to tell me twice.

Authorities closed about 20 miles of beaches to swimming shortly after the attack. It's the height of the summer tourism season along the coast and the beaches were packed with people.

George Burgess, curator of the International Shark Attack File said, "It's not a renegade shark looking for humans." How does he know what the shark is looking for? "Probably it was a one shot deal and it's not likely to attack again." Most certainly it will get hungry again...I'm thinking around dinner time.

Haven't we already seen this movie?


katydanzer said...

Thats why you have a pool... right?

Karyn Lyndon said...

Yes, the most brutal beast in there so far has been the mighty June bug. We also had a baby bunny in the skimmer but I don't think that counts.