« on: July 14, 2003, 01:33 PM »
I used to be really fascinated by sharks. That abated somewhat after I got bit on the foot by a sandshark about 15 years ago.
I was bodyboarding in Florida, and I was out on a sandbar about 100 yards offshore. I was stepping around, and looking for some good waves to ride. I took a step, and my right foot sank into something in the sand. All of a sudden, I felt something sharp on the top and sole of my foot. At that point, I jumped, turned and swam for shore as fast as I could! I don't think I ever swam faster than I did that day. I think I still have a couple of marks on my foot from that day.
I still check out things like shark week on the Discovery channel from time to time. I even saw underwater photographer Al Giddings at a trade show during the spring. I thought that was kinda cool. He's done some of the greatest and most pioneering underwater Shark photography around. He even did some of the underwater photography for "JAWS".
I think one channel had a pretty big shark special on last night. So, I do check those out from time to time. But I have a lot more respect and a healthy fear for sharks because of that day about 15 years ago.