Get in there, you big baby. :)Man, I've got to get back to the ocean soon.Respects,MurphSomewhere in Kansas
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.
Dude, I'm more worried about the chemicals than I am about some shark. Besides, haven't you seen The Green Slime.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g79_ljVC5WkThat 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.Respects,MurphNorthtown, Missouri
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.
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!!!! :)
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-CNNDisease and Accidental Causes of Deaths Annual Deaths Death Risk During One's LifetimeHeart disease 652,486 1 in 5Cancer 553,888 1 in 7Stroke 150,074 1 in 24Hospital Infections99,0001 in 38Flu 59,664 1 in 63Car accidents 44,757 1 in 84Suicide 31,484 1 in 119Accidental poisoning19,456 1 in 193MRSA 19,000 1 in 197Falls 17,229 1 in 218Drowning 3,306 1 in 1,134Bike accident 762 1 in 4,919Air/space accident742 1 in 5,051Excessive cold 620 1 in 6,045Sun/heat exposure273 1 in 13,729Lightning 47 1 in 79,746Train crash 24 1 in 156,169Fireworks 11 1 in 340,733Shark attack 1 1 in 3,748,067...
So what's your point?
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.
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