Beware! Of the jumping Shark!


About 2 weeks ago, I watched the popular Shark week on the Discovery Channel and started thinking, how exciting it would be to see an actual shark in the wild and how I would react.

Well, last Friday, my wish came true. I saw a S-H-A-R-K!

To tell you the truth, I could not believe my eyes. At first, I thought my eyes were deceiving me or that I was just imagining seeing it because I have been watching Shark week BUT my eyes did not trick me, I did see a shark.

Just to be sure, I asked my husband and daughter and they agreed, it was a SHARK.

Ok, this is cool, BUT NOT COOL.

There are many people in the water and we need to warn them about the danger in the water.

So, my daughter and I sprang into action and headed down the beach in full speed, trying to get the surfers and swimmers attention.

As we are making our way down the beach (mind you, we are SCREAMING and WAVING our arms around) we noticed that this SHARK was jumping around and with a companion.

We immediately came to a stopped.

Wait a minute, those are not sharks! Those are dolphins.

Oh my gosh, we were so embarrassed.

We looked like fools running and screaming. We nearly made a big scene for nothing.

Well, on the bright side, we didn’t get any one out the water!

As, we made our way back to our area on the beach, we kept talking about how that was a close call but we were sure we had seen a shark. Oh well, maybe next time we will see one.


I know I’m no shark expert, but I have been watching shark week for several years and I know I what a shark looks like.

I refused to give it up and refused to let anyone become a shark snack. I am going to look for that SHARK!

I kept looking out into the water (of course from the shore) for what seemed like forever
(30 minutes) and what do you know a HUGE black shark caudal fin appeared.

We were thrilled to see it BUT we had to inform the public. Time for me to be a HERO!

I immediately looked to the couple next to me and told them that there was a shark in the water and that they should be careful and avoid the water.

Unfortunately, my dreams of being a “HERO” were shattered after the couple said “We know. It’s a tiger shark.”


They also went on to say “don’t worry, sharks don’t like humans. They don’t want to mess with us” and got in the water.

What was that about?

Ok, sharks are like any other animal. It is in their genes and nature to defend their turf. Humans are in the turf and if they feel disrespected and or the need to scope out our intentions, the animal will defend what’s theirs or let us know they are checking us out.

Well, I was happy I saw a shark but I had a different vision in mind, of how I would be treated after I tried to save the beach goers. I thought I would be on the local news, get a key to the city, a parade, and a movie deal. Well, at least I tried to save someone.

FYI, 2 days later, a Salmon shark swam on shore and was helped back into the water by a HEROIC lifeguard (the news anchor called him HEROIC). This morning a great white shark was spotted eating a seal.


Although, the caudal fin I saw didn’t belong to either a tiger, salmon, or the great white shark. What else is out there?