Leonardo"s Notebook by Mattheus Mei

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.

Monday, December 29, 2008

buh-dum. buh-dum. buh-dum buh-dum buh-dum.

Yet another reason not to go in the water:

A snorkeller is believed to have been snatched by a shark as he swam last weekend with his son at a beach south of Perth. Witnesses reported seeing a dorsal fin and thrashing in the water before the sea turned red and the man vanished at the scene on Australia's west coast.

Father-of three Brian Guest, 51, who had campaigned for many years for the protection of sharks, had been looking for crabs on yesterday morning with his 24-year-old son when he was attacked about 30 metres from the shore.

And then there's the 2004 money quote from a web forum posting, made by the deceased Mr. Guest himself:

"I have always had an understanding with my wife that if a shark or ocean accident caused my death then so be it, at least it was doing what I wanted. Every surfer, fisherman and diver has far more chance of being killed by bees, drunk drivers, teenage car thieves and lightning. Every death is a tragedy – regardless of the cause – but we have no greater claim to use of this earth than any of the other creatures [we] share it with."

While that may be true for the general population, those that spend their weekends masquerading as a predator's favorite snack may have a slightly higher risk.

YOU ARE THERE: some lucky kayakers escaped becoming a shark snack in this clip.

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