4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

More shark stuff.

On the news, a woman was kayaking. I believe in Australia. A great white circled her, before going right at her and knocking her out of the thing. She ended up smacking it on the mouth (women are so great at that). I think she used a paddle. It swam away.

This makes me think of two stories. Actor John C. Reily was on Letterman once, talking about how a great white knocked him off the boat. He said, "I was back on that kayak in about 2 seconds."

But, the worst kayaking story, involves a couple from San Diego years ago. They went on their honeymoon in Hawaii, kayaking. They were knocked off, and the shark killed the woman. The guy made it. But, the weirdest thing when he was on the local news here. He was crying his eyes out. I felt horrible for him, losing his bride. But, he said something I found odd. He said that when the shark knocked them out, he started swimming to shore. He heard his wife screaming, and looked back and saw her being attacked, but he kept swimming.

Now, I'm not saying I blame him. What could you do? Well, I guess we now know you could use those paddles. But...how about you lie to the reporters? Who would know? You could say "I was pounding on the thing as it was biting my wife. After fighting with the thing for a few minutes, I grew tired, and finally swam into shore."

More like this:

Comments
5

As a fearing "Jaws" lover myself, I was always afraid of swimming in the ocean. When my wife and I went to Australia last year, she wanted to scuba since she was certified....I was terrified. But strangely enough, I was 'okay' once I got in the water. We did see a shark, I think it was a small nurse (harmless) shark. Not bigger than 1.5 meters but enough to freak you out. About the guy swimming back to shore? I don't think I could live with myself if I DID lie to the reporters. He just instinctively swam away...

Oct. 18, 2007

Hmm maybe he just didn't love his new bride enough. It all comes down to the type of person you are. Some fools will stand by and watch it happen, others will intervene. I suppose we're split into 2 groups: flight like a prey animal or fight like a predator. Personally I hate inaction, I like to get stuck in risk or no risk.

Oct. 18, 2007

Well, if someone wants to scuba in Australia, they are certified. Certifiably insane! I guess lying to the reporters wouldn't have been cool, but at least, don't be honest and say "yeah, i swam away. i guess my wife was a slower swimmer," or whatever he said! I had a friend in 8th grade, that told me his family went on vacation to Australia, and they swam from the boat they were on, to the shore of this small island. There were signs on the island saying that it was "shark infested" waters. And, the worst part? They had to swim BACK to the boat. He told me he and his brother were crying and didn't want to, but their dad made them. I would've made a helicopter come get me off that damn island.

Oct. 18, 2007

Hah! Well a makeshift raft would have been just as good. I don't know its like the scenario where you see someone geting mugged. Does one intervene or not? It all comes down to one's own temprament. Some folk are valiant and some are yellow.

Oct. 18, 2007

There was a story on heroes once. It was fascinating. One guy interviewed said these two kids fell into a river. Hardcore rapids. He jumped in and saved them, almost drowning himself. He wasn't, it turns out, a very good swimmer. They asked why, if he wasn't a strong swimmer, he'd risk his life to save others. And...ya gotta love this honesty. The guy said, "I was on a date with this woman I really wanted to impress. And as I saw those kids, my first thought was, if I attempt to save them, she'll really think I'm a hero."

Oct. 19, 2007

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close