Shark Attack Movies and Snorkeling Don't Mix!

Trip Start Jan 11, 2012
Trip End Jun 20, 2012

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Just as it's not a good idea to watch an airplane disaster movie before flying, the same holds true about shark attack movies and snorkeling.  We watched a delightful family film called Soul Surfer the other night.  "SOUL SURFER is the inspiring true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack and courageously overcame all odds to become a champion again."  Okay, she was just laying on her surf board waiting for a wave and this huge shark came out of nowhere and tore her arm off!  And it happened in Hawaii.

I had actually forgotten all about the movie when we headed out to snorkel.  We found a great bay (Kahala Beach Park ) with calm water and enough coral to attract fish.  I was okay for the first half of snorkeling.  Still having leaking mask issues (PO1 Pounders brand sucks, US Divers works well) but we swam out far enough to see a few fish and lots of coral.  Then Thomas and Mecca went in and I was on my own. 

I ventured out to a different area.  The water got deep pretty quickly.  I started to hear the theme from Jaws.  I jerked backed sensing something was following me only to get a mouthful of salty sea water.  Nothing there.  I swam on.  The tension in my body grew tighter.  I saw some coral a few yards up and swam toward it.  Shallower water, a few bright fish to take my attention off a shark attack for the moment.  But that darn theme from Jaws returned and I headed back to shore.  Somehow I managed to get water in my tube and I started gagging on water again while trying to swim quickly back to safety.  I finally made it to the warm sandy beach and we all had a good laugh because Thomas had been thinking the same thing.  Only he had Mecca tethered to him and she kept barking like a seal and talking the whole time.  How is this possible with a tube stuck in her mouth you wonder?  As do I, but she did it.

I think I have memories or fantasies of being an expert adventurer or something.  Someone like Indiana Jones who faces his challenges with bravery and grace.  But in actuality, I'm somewhere between Indiana and Mr. Magoo. But even with Mr. Magoo, things did just always work out for him.

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William on

Cool... What a great adventure.

storm on

I've been thinking of taking a trip as a graduation gift from me to me. Hawaii was definitely on the short list.

Rosser on

Great story Sandra! As a youngster, when Jaws first came out, all us kids stopped swimming out past the end of our public beach pier because we kept hearing that ominous music in our heads once we couldn't touch bottom!

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