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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Look for the silver lining

The other day we went to the beach and were crushed when we discovered that it was closed. My initial assumption was jellyfish. I went to check with the lifeguard, and he excitedly directed me to the action.

Image from liveleak.com

This was directly offshore. All of those gray shadows are sharks! Some up to 14 feet in length. Initially they were allowing us in the water up to our ankles to fill buckets for making sandcastles. It was a bummer not to be in the water but watching the sharks cut through the waves and literally throw themselves out of the water in a vicious quest for their prey was fascinating. Actually, fascinating doesn't even begin to describe it. I think this was probably a once in a lifetime experience. At one point there was a shark that was easily 7 feet long swimming no more than 10 feet in front of us. The sharks got so big and so close that the lifeguards cleared the water entirely. Not so much as a toe was allowed in the water. There was literally a feeding frenzy in the works.



Amazing.


I'll be back to silly for my next post, but this was too fabulous not to mention.

53 comments:

Donnetta said...

OH MY GOSH!!!! That is unbelievable! WAY COOL!

Ink said...

Thank goodness they closed the beach! I'm scared just looking at that picture...eeeek!

Del Patterson said...

I saw this on the "Today Show". The hosts were blown away by the film footage.

Juls said...

That's crazee.... I'm glad you didn't get nibbled on by a shark! :)

ck said...

That's unreal! Did they mention if this happens often or if something sparked it?

Meg said...

Good lord! That's so cool and so scarey at the same time.

Renee said...

It would be exciting to see this once, but never more than that! At least they were on the job and seeing to the protection of everyone on the beach:0)

Anonymous said...

you are lucky to have seen the sharks live and up close. Love MOM. Hello to Gibby.

WhisperingWriter said...

I'd be a little scared.

I can imagine my son screaming something like, "JAWS!!!!" and causing a panic.

Megryansmom said...

Cool if you see my ex throw him in.

Del said...

Hi Kathy, You asked how I found your blog. My wife is: aliceinretirement.blogspot.com

she reads yours and I saw it and read it. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Riddle Girl said...

What an awesome experience. And I'm sure a memory that you will all share for a lifetime of "the day at the beach with the sharks"!
Did you get any pictures?!

~Thought's By Dena~ said...

YIKES!!!!!!!

3 Bay B Chicks said...

Wow! And double wow to your sunburn. Kathy B! does not look good in red. Seek out Aloe Vera and use liberally.

Not sure whether you are checking e-mail, so I left you a message on your cell phone today. If you get a chance, would love to chat for a few minutes.

-Francesca

forever folding laundry said...

Eeek! Another reason why lying on the beach is the only real way to go.

~Keri

Daisigirl said...

We were just watching Jaws the other night! :0)

My daughter (who wants to be Marine Biologist when she grows up) would love to have seen that! How cool!

K said...

That sounds amazing.

Shame you couldn't get in the water, but what an opportunity.

Not sure I want to put a toe in those waters.

Shawn said...

Wow! If the beach has to be closed, that is SOO much better than jellyfish!

Debbie said...

Wow! That is impressive.

LadyFi said...

Wow... somehow though I don't think it really was a bummer not to be allowed into the water...

Mary K Brennan said...

Nothing like the hotel pool to keep your mind off the shark show. Stay Safe.

CynthiaK said...

OMG, you have the best commenters.

"if you see my ex, throw him in" - I love it.

What a cool experience though! Much more memorable that just a dip in the ocean!

zelzee said...

Thats why I would only go
Hotel pool........
swim up bar......

Oh, wait.......there's sharks there, too, right?

ymK said...

Wow what an experience! Thanks for posting. And yeah good that you kept your toes out of that water! Yikes.

Kristina P. said...

That would be very scary.

Minxy Mimi said...

WOW! Scary yet very cool. How awesome to see nature in action.

Carina Gardner said...

That is SO amazing! I went to watch the video and I'm going to have show my shark-crazy daughter as soon as she is home from preschool.

faemom said...

That is so cool. I don't know if I would be excited because of the very coolness or freaking out as my worse water nightmare came true. Or would I be trying to keep two little boys out of the water, who would be trying to meet the sharks.

The Blonde Duck said...

I wouldn't have been amused. I would have been terrified! Alligators and sharks haunt my dreams!

ScoMan said...

That is so cool. Sometimes it's just about being in the right place at the right time to get a wonderful life experience like that.

blueviolet said...

That is really scary but wow, what an experience! Did you get photos from your own camera?

Grand Pooba said...

Wha? And you were okay with that? Girl, I'd be runnin the other direction! Holy crap that's a lot of sharks!

Jen said...

Wow that is freakishly amazing.

for a different kind of girl said...

That is quite an amazing sight!

Nana said...

That sounds fascinating. What a cool thing to be able to watch.

Zeemaid said...

wow, that's amazing. did they say why the sharks were all on that beach, like is it a normal event or what?

Gibby said...

So cool! Amazing. Were you able to get any pics?

Anon Mom is pretty laid back. I would have thought she would have told you to get her grandkids out of shark-infested water.

Hello Anon Mom.

P.S. How's the sunburn?

Restless Housewife said...

THAT'S frickin' SCARY!!!! I don't think I'd ever go back!!

Ginger said...

Sharks totally rock, though I don't plan to swim with any anytime soon..

AND better sharks than zombies, I think, especially since I'm pretty sure the sharks can't get to you under the bed.. Hmm.

Michele said...

Fascinating, scary, humbling, frustrating... hope you found something else to do on your vacation!

You just gave me my homeschool science lesson for tomorrow! You Rock!

Kristen said...

AHHH! Did someone start singing the Jaws themesong? haha, it never fails that someone does!

And honestly I don't even think I'd put a toe in the water :) I'm a baby, any mention of jelly fish or random fish and I'm out! Last summer all of a sudden a huge sea of fish (and not little minows) came out of nowhere. You could bet I was out of the water in two seconds flat!

D said...

Wow. Creepy and very cool at the same time.

i am the diva said...

wow, that sounds amazing. Silver lining indeed!

countryfriedmama said...

Friend of a friend got bit by a shark last summer in FL. Give me the pool any day, baby.

Mama Krit said...

That is awesome, creepy, scary, and amazing all at the same time! I would have loved to have seen that up close!

The Blue Ridge Gal said...

I suppose it's what they do best... feed of course. I've always thought them to be quite ugly creatures.

DI
The Blue Ridge Gal

insider53 said...

Incredible, just incredible. At least the lifeguards were on top of the situation. What did you tell the kids?

LilliGirl said...

That's awesome! you find out what kind they were? Are you on the treasure coast? Whereabouts?

Kate said...

Wow that is so crazy. I would have loved watching from a distance.

Susie said...

That's amazing!! Crazy!

Sapphire said...

Cooooooooool!

Polymer Clay Snails said...

Oh man that's cool ... I live in NYC so the only "sharks" I ever see are Wall Street folks, lawyers and real-estate agents ...

Becca said...

I still may have been annoyed that they would not let me in the water. Perhaps that is the NY in me! On a more serious note... it is fascinating. I hope that you are still having a great time!

Becca