October 22, 2007


Subtitle: Ruth, I can't stop thinking about the shark behind the scuba divers.

I've been afraid of sharks since I can remember {see here and here}. What I felt watching Jaws for the first time is unexplainable. Even with my mom noting, "it's not real blood, it's ketchup." I absolutely didn't care if it was ketchup or not, it was scary and haunting and inescapable.
So, now, I'm 36. And I'm just as scared of sharks as I was circa 1977 all curled up on the couch, feeling every bite, hearing every scream, watching all the ketchup spill into the ocean. Did it help when the family went to Disney Land and my sister Kathy almost fell in the water {and into the looming open jaws of a mechanical great white shark} during the shark ride? No. It did not. Did it help when I watched Jaws 2 and Jaws 3? Nope. What about when I saw Open Water or the years and years of shark weeks I've watched on the Discovery Channel? Uh uh.
And then came the internet and all the hoax photos that come as a result of photoshop and anonymity.
So, without further adieu, I've decided to share a few of the most horrific shark photos floating around the internet. If you are afraid of shark, this will scar you for life. I promise.

This photo is real, but the surfer "claims" it's a dolphin and not a shark.

This one is totally fake but it may prevent me from EVER putting my scuba license to good use.

This one is totally fake. Thank goodness.

While you might find yourself wishing this one was also a fake, it's not. It's a real photo from a south african magazine.

If you have any unbelievable, super scary shark photos...please share. I'd love/hate to see them.


Anonymous said...

Yikes! That last one freaks me out! My husband tried to teach me to surf but for the life of me I couldn't get over thinking that every blade of kelp that swished by my ankles was a great white sniffing me out.

Julie said...

Oh my...the one with the scuba divers made my heart jump almost out of my chest.

Not normally scared of sharks...but that traumatized me.


~Tegan said...

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