i'm scared of the water.

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    Mar 07, 2008 5:17 PM GMT
    when i was itty bitty, my mom took me to see "jaws," not knowing how scary and realistic it would be. the previews were opaque, and the special effects unprecedented. needless to say, seeing it in the dark and being only about 3 was NOT a good way to introduce me to the notion of getting in the water.

    i hate the beach. i like see pictures of it, but that's all i need. naked water buffaloes, sand fleas, thorny plants, grit and land sharks take all the fun out of it for me. i simply cannot bring myself to get in water i can't see through. no rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, seas, oceans... nada. i don't like public pools and water parks for sanitary reasons, so although i LOVE being in water, i can only enjoy it in a hot tub or bath tub/shower.

    my mom, forgetting that the site of sharks makes me scared almost to the point of vomiting sent me some pics today that she thought were "facinating." i don't care if the statistics say more people die from dog bites, plane crashes, and lighting strikes than shark attacks, i have no intention of joining you guys on the beach. y'all have fun.

    http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb312/jackkirven/ShowLetter.jpg
    http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb312/jackkirven/ShowLetter-1.jpg
    http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb312/jackkirven/Whitesharkseal5.jpg
    http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb312/jackkirven/800px-Jaws_Great_White_Shark_South_.jpg
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Mar 07, 2008 6:30 PM GMT
    Ya big baby.



































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    Me too. I'm not scared that jaws will get me. I'm just scared of the water. I cant swim, so I guess I'm just scared I will drowned. I don't mind the beach, but just don't ask me to get in the water. I can walk along the beach or river, but cant get in.

    Mike

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    Mar 07, 2008 6:38 PM GMT
    I love the water, mind you I come from a family heritage of fishermen so that should not be unusual. My dad who was an excellent swimmer, made sure we all learned to swim. I have had only bad experience, that was in April 1992 in Ft. Lauderdale. I got caught in a rip tide and almost became shark bait. Fortunately I did not panic, swam parallel to the shore until I got out of the current, then swam back in. The lifeguard was having fits (especially since he had already warned my friend and I how dangerous it was). Overall it was a really fun day as the photo below shows.

    Ft. Lauderdale surf 1992
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Mar 07, 2008 6:59 PM GMT
    I have this ambition to hug a dolphin, but how, am I going to do that without getting in the water?

    I love those guys.

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    Mar 07, 2008 7:02 PM GMT
    I used to be terrified of the water... still don't feel all the way comfortable (I think it has to do with not being able to see as well)... but learning to scuba dive probably got me 75% better. Swimming with sharks and 'cudas can be scary, but you're so much more amazed that they're doing their thing - and that doesn't involve eating you - that the fear takes a distant back seat.

    try it
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    Mar 07, 2008 7:02 PM GMT
    point? there was a point?
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Mar 07, 2008 7:08 PM GMT
    novembermike saidthat the fear takes a distant back seat.

    try it


    Oh really!

    scary-shark350.jpg

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    Mar 07, 2008 7:11 PM GMT
    i didn't know how to make my pics in the original posting i wrote show up, but they were along the lines of this one ^-^

    i don't think i'll try it. thanks for the encouragement, but i think not.
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    Mar 07, 2008 7:16 PM GMT
    Am at my happiest when in and around water. You are missing so much! icon_razz.gif
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    Mar 07, 2008 7:18 PM GMT
    nope, not missing anything
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Mar 07, 2008 7:23 PM GMT
    This is one of jacks photos.

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    Open the photo with the link in your post. Then copy the link from the address bar, click on the img button at the top of the message window, and past the link where it says to.

    Mike

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    Mar 07, 2008 7:38 PM GMT
    Great White Sharks have a tendency to do that off of South Africa. Must of thought the guy was a seal.

    The Great White's favourite attack method is to come full speed from directly below the seal and breach out of the water (hopefully with the seal in their mouth). I saw a program on it on the Discovery channel, pretty amazing to watch, although you gotta feel a bit sorry for the seals.
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    Mar 07, 2008 7:52 PM GMT
    You know growing up in SoCal and surfing and stuff, it never really dawned on me. However now that I live in SF, I opted to leave the surfboard back in SoCal, yeah the Great White Shark thing here not my favorite! But in SoCal the Black Tip Sharks were ALWAYS around and Tiger Sharks here and there...
  • joggerva

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    Mar 07, 2008 7:59 PM GMT
    Sorry guys, but snopes says you've been duped by these two photos.

    This one is a dolphin:

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    http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/surfer.asp

    And this one is a photo composite:

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    http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/shark.asp
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Mar 07, 2008 8:03 PM GMT
    joggerva saidSorry guys, but snopes says you've been duped by these two photos.

    This one is a dolphin:

    ShowLetter.jpg

    http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/surfer.asp

    And this one is a photo composite:

    ShowLetter-1.jpg

    http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/shark.asp


    You mean it's safe to go in the water?
  • joggerva

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    Mar 07, 2008 8:08 PM GMT
    Safe is a relative term. One could argue that leaving your house at all is not safe, but yes I do think that swimming in the ocean is a safe activity. Dancerjack pointed out that statistics often show more dangerous activities that you wouldn't bat an eye at.

    Some beaches are more prone to attacks, especially at different times of the day and year. But if you do your research, you should be fine.

    Now, driving to the beach... that might be considered dangerous!
  • Kevin82

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    Mar 07, 2008 8:17 PM GMT
    Sharks freak me out too, though not to the extent of vomiting. It's more like a healthy fear/respect of them. It has yet to stop me from experiencing the absolute peace I find under water in the ocean.
    I think you are definetly missing out on the fun to be had at the beach. Do you like any out door activities? I mean if you go out side there are bugs everywhere.
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    Mar 07, 2008 8:28 PM GMT
    i like the mountains.

    i tried diving once to get past all this, and before i got in the water it was "don't brush up against this, be careful not the get too close that, watch out for these, keep your eye open for those, etc." icon_eek.gif

    i think i'll stick to dry land. bugs don't bother me so much. i grew up in the country - i know how to watch for snakes and other dangerous land animals. going into the water places me at the very bottom of the food chain.

    glad you enjoy it. i don't.
  • NickoftheNort...

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    Mar 07, 2008 9:30 PM GMT
    I have a similar fear, also from watching Jaws (the Jaws movie series). I simply do not swim in the ocean anymore. In my case, my fear grew over the years, eventually to the point where I may go into a kind of panicked shock when I am in borderless water and and then obsess with getting out of it.

    On a "good" swim, I merely obsessively think (almost like a meditation mantra) about the inevitable shark that is determined to target and kill me.

    Whatever enjoyment may be had from swimming in the wide, blue ocean is lost when all I can think of is my immediate danger and death.

    It may also be triggered if there are shadows within the pool I am swimming in.

    dancerjack, as to the pictures your mom sent you, my two thoughts are: where is my rocket launcher, and why the f*ck am I *this* close to that being?).

    I know that sharks are not endless eaters and I am fascinated by them (I *love* a good shark documentary). However, I retain this irrational fear and I have no immediate need to rectify it.
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    Mar 07, 2008 9:36 PM GMT
    i'll watch shark documentaries all day! i am fascinated by them, but i am terrified of them. i KNOW they don't NORMALLY attack people. i KNOW the ocean is "safe" enough for millions of people to enjoy getting in it. i KNOW i'm more likely to die of cancer, choking on a bone, car accident, etc...

    however...

    none of this changes the fact that i do not enjoy anything about the beach except pictures of it.

    i know it's irrational. i brought it up b/c of all the references i keep seeing to beachy scenarios. no, i won't go on a cruise, gay or otherwise. no, i don't wear speedos or boardshorts. no, i don't like checking guys out when there's sand in my ass. not for me. at all.

    i tried to work past it, and all it did was reinforce what i already knew: i'm scared of the water (or more precisely, what's IN the water with me).

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    i forgot til now about the time a snapping turtle went for me in a pond. all this stuff together aborted the water baby from my soul
  • NickoftheNort...

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    Mar 07, 2008 9:40 PM GMT
    Big question then: do you also keep your feet off of the floor when watching shark documentaries?

    Myself? I tend to bunch them up underneath me.
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    Mar 07, 2008 9:59 PM GMT
    yep - i grip the arm of the couch and my eye bulge out while my mouth hangs open. but yes, my feet are usually pulled up underneath me.

    on a lighter note: i understand sharks don't like the taste of human and other leaner mammals. our ration of bone to meat/fat isn't right - we're too bony for them.
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    Mar 07, 2008 10:02 PM GMT
    Dancer, I'm the same way. Don't really like water, but not really cause of the whole jaws thing. I am just freaked out by open water. I almost drowned in undergrad and had a semi-traumatic experience a few years ago. I'll stick to land. I love mountains and hiking.
  • NickoftheNort...

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    Mar 07, 2008 10:09 PM GMT
    I guess I should add that I have successfully swum with dolphins, in a closed environment (on Virginia Key, where they filmed Flipper).

    I believe that I simply need to feel in-control and aware of my surroundings while in the water. I need confirmation that my wild imagination will *not* come true. Lakes, seas, and oceans are too big and too uncontrollable for me to successfully deal with them.

    ...then again, I also suffer adverse nervousness when playing the tropical level of Banjo Kazooie and encountering the Jaws-themed shark that's there. I strongly dislike having any identification with being in waters with sharks.
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    Mar 07, 2008 10:13 PM GMT
    I love the water despite almost drowning when I was kid. I'm deathly afraid that one day I will actually be attacked by a shark or school of barracuda but I think this just heightens the excitement for me when I go scuba diving.

    It's the most amazing feeling to be underwater enjoying the beauty of the ocean and yet there is always that fear in the back of your head. I actually came face to face with a barracuda but luckily I wasn't his type, guess he wasn't feeling a spicy, Latino for dinner. icon_eek.gif

    I'm just as scared of bears but I would not give up the pure joy of a mountain hike either.

    Next big fear to concur, skydiving! I'll let you know how that goes. icon_cool.gif