Or it’s all fun and games ‘til Jaws shows up…
Yesterday, I went to the beach at Grand Isle, and it was glorious! There’s definitely something soul-renewing about being on the beach, listening to the birds and the sounds of the waves, and feeling the warm Gulf breeze.
Before leaving, I decided to wade out into the water and had gotten only a few steps in when I saw a big triangular fin about twenty yards out moving parallel to the shore line. While I don’t remember backing out of the water, it was probably done at the breakneck speed of Wiley Coyote equipped with the latest Acme invention chasing the Road Runner. I thought of what Katie (my very smart niece who is pursuing a degree in marine biology) had said about sharks biting people because they looked like seals… ‘Try not to look like a seal’ and then ‘You’re standing on the beach already, Einstein.’
There were two state park employees nearby, a young man and woman, working on the bird sanctuary fence. I asked them, “Have y’all seen many sharks this summer? Because I see one now.”
Him, looking out into the water: “It’s probably a dolphin.”
Her, not looking up: “Yeah, it’s a dolphin. We see them all the time.”
Me (annoyingly persistent): “Ok… but it looks like a shark.”
Her, still not looking up, but friendly nonetheless: “It’s a dolphin.”
Him, finally seeing the fin: “Wait… it IS a shark. It’s a big one!”
Her, looking up now: “I see it too! It’s definitely a shark!”
Both of them whipped out their phones and started snapping pictures while I was thinking ‘Told ya…’
Her: “It’s not dangerous though… it’s not a bull shark. We don’t get bull sharks around here.”
(No offence, lady, but I’m not listening to you anymore. Aren’t you the one who told me the shark was a dolphin?!)
Him: “You might want to stay out of the water…” And off they went, speeding down the beach in their golf cart to take more photos.
Perfect timing- it is Shark Week on Discovery channel after all.