Wednesday, February 20, 2013

snorky talk man

Okay, I just read the headline and the pop-up blurb of a news piece that speculates that fish are becoming more aggressive because they are absorbing all the prescription drugs we're dumping into our waterways because I guess we must like trashing the only home we've got.  Anyway, my imagination started whirling away, and I applied this same hypothesis to sharks . . . are you thinking what I'm thinking?  We are killing sharks at an alarming rate, and yet the number of recorded shark attacks is remaining constant.  I read a thing before my trip to Australia in which the author wondered if sharks were developing a taste for human flesh, and evidently there are even people studying this possibility.  The reasoning goes something like this:  sharks are scavengers, and will eat things that are decaying in the water.  In places where there is a lot of organized crime activity there are also a lot of bodies being dumped into the ocean.  Hence, sharks will acclimate to the taste of human flesh, come to enjoy it, and then begin to seek it out.  Abhor, then pity, then embrace, as the poet said.

So what I'm saying is that maybe sharks are all hopped up on goofballs, or are soon going to be, and also they like how we taste now, so maybe we need to be more careful about getting into their environment.  The ocean is a really cool place, and of course I think it should be studied, and enjoyed, but sometimes we tend to wreck everything we touch, and we need to do a better job of not punishing the ocean and its citizens for our own stupid choices.  I don't want to kill the shark, but I do want to warn it, and say, "Hey, I think you're pretty neat, but I respect your distance."

Bottom line:  killer sharks, and probably other things too.  Crocodiles and alligators!  Orcas!  They are coming for us . . .