When you go to the beach do you ever think of Jaws?
The last time I was at the beach I was laying there on the beach and suddenly the life guards started ordering everyone out of the water because several big sharks could be seen feeding on a dead dolphin about thirty yards out. It made me think of Jaws. Most people at the beach especially in the American south don't know that large sharks are right there in the water with them.
As a child my Father would take me and my sister swimming in the sea, he would take us out of our depths and encourage us to tread water, as sometimes we would take small boats whilst on holiday out to the islands. Back then life jackets weren't top of the list for the people that ran these boats He always told us that one day being able to tread water may save our lives.
The day came when I watched THAT movie - Jaws!!..Even now I will rarely swim out of my depths, I will usually gauge how far out I go by the amount of other people swimming deeper than me. I know it is an unrational fear, but it is a definite fear of being eaten by a shark. I'm the only pillock who snorkels in shallow water and would rather not see any sea life bigger than a whitebait!
I lived out in South Africa for a couple of years and managed to water ski properly first time, all because I was too scared to be in the water.
So yes, the movie Jaws does enter my mind a lot, even when I'm in the shower!!
I think anyone who has ever watched that movie at least has a breif moment of "what if" when looking at the ocean. I think of Jaws when I see the ocean but I try to think of something else as quickly as I can so I don't develop a fear of the ocean, which I love. Good question!
I never saw the movie ! We spent a lot of time at beaches & never worried about sharks at all .
These days because there have been more shark attacks lately here in Australia - one man died just a few weeks ago - when we are near a beach again I will still go in - between the signs ...
We were swimming by where we are staying with a croccodile near us - I did get a bit nervous !
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