OK, That’s It. I am Never Going in the Ocean Again With All These Sharks Around
Recent beach restrictions issued by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry that I wrote about last week got my attention.
I was saddened to hear that Maine had its first fatal shark attack on a swimmer off Bailey Island in Harpswell. So when I saw that the advisory put out told swimmers to use an abundance of caution and not to go in the water over waist deep, I understood.
When I saw that, after a shark sighting near Cousins Island in Yarmouth, authorities were telling beachgoers not to go in past their ankles, I thought “wow, that seems excessive” but understood that they just want to keep us safe.
I even told my wife we couldn’t dip our feet in and she reminded me of the time I walked on water when I bumped into a stingray on Turks and Caicos I was not amused.
According to yahoo.com, everything changed when I saw this TikTok post from a Florida resident, @valerie.super. After going for a swim at Boynton Beach, Florida she got out of the water, turned around, and SAW THIS! Look how close that shark is to the beach!
This is straight-up insane, I get it now. That shark is so close it could bite me even if I was only in as deep as my ankles.
There are lots of comments on @valerie.super’s post. Some saying, “I would actually evaporate” and “Yeah, I’m never going in the ocean again” according to reporting on the story by yahoo.com. That shark was swimming exactly where @valerie.super was just 5 minutes before she shot the TikTok.
I’m done. Next time you see me at North Hampton Beach in NH or Short/Long Sands in York, Maine I'll be doing just 3 things, 1- relaxing 2-getting vitamin d or 3-least likely walking on the beach getting exercise.
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