Sunday, August 03, 2008

The Gulf of Mexico

Another video I shot while in Florida. This time we're not at Tampa Bay (which was gross) but the Gulf of Mexico. We're on Anna Maria Island:

I'm on a GOOGLE Earth Kick (so sue me):

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Murph said...

Get in there, you big baby. :)

Man, I've got to get back to the ocean soon.

Somewhere in Kansas

Jason said...

No way! I've seen like 3 JAWS movies...I know what goes on in the water.

Leah (and my greater family) give me a hard time about Hawaii. I went and barely steped in the ocean.

Murph said...

Dude, I'm more worried about the chemicals than I am about some shark.

Besides, haven't you seen The Green Slime.

That thar is somethin' to be feared of.

What is with the hydrophobia? Did your parents pour a cup of water on you when you were a baby or something?

Seriously, I know someone who is messed up because of that.

Northtown, Missouri

Terri said...

Because I had a near-drowning early on, I was MADE to learn to swim. I can understand the reluctance about the ocean though, undertows and all. It's enough to wade. I have always liked studying the waves, attempting to see a pattern or a rhythm to them.

Eternal Sunshine of Katie's Mind said...

In regards to the whole shark thing, I too am TERRIFIED! The last time I was in the ocean, which just so happened to be the Gulf of Mexico was in November of 1999. I got on one of those $2 inflatable rafts, and drifted so far out into the ocean that I could barely see the shoreline anymore. It took me about an hour to swim back to shore. I was scared shitless. So for the rest of the trip, I stayed in shallow water, not realizing that most shark attacks take place within like 5 feet of water! You can't win!!! Anyway, I'm free Friday, and next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Saturday's my last day at Hollywood Tan!!! So-long crappy job!!!! :)

Lrgblueeyes said...

If you look at the odds, researchers say, coastal ocean swimmers are far more likely to drown or have a heart attack than they are to encounter a shark, and statistically speaking, driving to the beach is more hazardous than swimming in the ocean

Disease and Accidental Causes of Deaths Annual Deaths Death Risk During One's Lifetime
Heart disease 652,486 1 in 5
Cancer 553,888 1 in 7
Stroke 150,074 1 in 24
Hospital Infections99,0001 in 38
Flu 59,664 1 in 63
Car accidents 44,757 1 in 84
Suicide 31,484 1 in 119
Accidental poisoning19,456 1 in 193
MRSA 19,000 1 in 197
Falls 17,229 1 in 218
Drowning 3,306 1 in 1,134
Bike accident 762 1 in 4,919
Air/space accident742 1 in 5,051
Excessive cold 620 1 in 6,045
Sun/heat exposure273 1 in 13,729
Lightning 47 1 in 79,746
Train crash 24 1 in 156,169
Fireworks 11 1 in 340,733
Shark attack 1 1 in 3,748,067


Jason said...

So what's your point?

Lrgblueeyes said...

That you are way more likely to just fall and kill yourself or get heat stroke and die then get killed by a shark. Are you gonna stop walking? You could fall and get heat stroke doing that, but its not very likely.
I'm not saying you should walk out in the water alone, with a cut in your leg bleeding. I'm just saying if there are other people in the water and you are careful you can go in the water without dieing.
You only walk in until your ankle is wet... at least try to go leg deep.