Prompt number six reads
[Day Six]: What's something you've always wanted to do but haven't? Why not?
When I read this question, the first thing that popped into my head was “Swim with Sharks”. I know, it sounds crazy, but it’s something I’ve always wanted to do, more the bungee jumping, more than skydiving and pretty much more than anything else in this world.
When I was much younger, I wanted to be a marine biologist and I wanted to focus my attention on sharks and so forth. I do really love sharks and I appreciate how awesome and magnificent they are. But don’t get me wrong, I’m also scared of them but my appreciation for them outweighs my fear, if that makes any sense at all.
It’s like when I hear on the news about someone being attacked by a shark, that’s a horrible thing to happen to a person and I can’t even begin to imagine what that must be like for someone to experience. However, when the news reports then turn to people demanding a shark cull in the area, I get really annoyed. I mean, people tend to go swimming and the wrong time of day or in areas that they should be and land up being attacked. I’m not saying it’s their fault in any way, absolutely not, but if you started tramping around Kruger National Park at the wrong time of day, you’ll probably encounter a lion or two and if they don’t greet you with a nice big cuddle, don’t be surprised. My point has been lost….my point is that the ocean is the Sharks natural environment, it’s home to these creatures and if you want to go swimming in their home, then you need to respect that instead of demanding we kill as many sharks as possible. if you want to skipping around Kruger National Park dressed as a Zebra, good luck to you!
Like I said, it’s not the fault of the swimmer when a shark attacks, to them, you just look like a seal and sharks eat seals. I’m not saying it’s nice, or we should just expect it, we just shouldn’t be so quick to say “KILL THE WILD BEAST!”
If you went swimming around my house, I probably wouldn’t have a friendly chat with you either, I probably wouldn’t take a bite out of you, but if you go swimming in someone else’s home, things are going to get complication.
Anyway, I’ve gotten horribly off track with my Pro-animal rights rant.
I always wanted to go swimming with sharks. At first, I want to get into a cage and jump in with the Great White Sharks in South Australia, but now I’m thinking a trip to the aquarium to swim in the tanks with those sharks. Either way, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do, but I put it off because of financial issues or just, generally putting it off for another day I guess.