10-24-2010, 03:17 PM
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I agree with you, Inga. Whenever I read about the US statistics as far as having a heart attack, cancer, etc. in comparison to being attacked by a shark the odds are pretty low. These statistics are based on the entire US population so in my mind the statistic is skewed. I wonder what the statistic would be if they based it only on people who spent time in the ocean? Still pretty low, I would think.
This morning the waves were lousy and there weren't many of us out there. I think it was just because the waves were crap and not due to any shark paranoia. A few of my friends just love it when there are shark sightings because it dwindles the number of yahoos trying to catch the same waves as they are. The only time I ever even think about sharks is when I'm out there with just one or two friends and it's a really long time between sets. It's at times like those that even a simple shadow below the surface freaks me out. I remember once seeing a shadow as big as my board, my heart skipped about ten beats before I realized it was my own board casting the shadow. As much as it scares me I can't stay out of the water. There's just something really, really fantastic about the ocean that I haven't found anywhere else on our planet.
You know, I really don't know why they close the beaches. Maybe to assuage the public's fear? These shark attacks aren't based on a rogue man eater. Of California's seven shark attacks in ten years (in which four were fatal) it's been a case of mistaken identity. The shark "thinks" seal, takes a chomp, and then releases, realizing it's not food, and then takes off. The problem is the size and severity of these bites. Pretty hard to survive something that can drain your body of blood in less than five minutes.
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