This strip is a good expression of my feelings for the ocean: I love it and I’m humbled and terrified of it.
Other than the water itself (including storms and tsunamis), there are really very few things in the oceans to seriously harm you. Red tides are worse for fish than air breathing humans. A few species of shark, some species of jellyfish, cone snails, some stingrays and floating, cast-off fishing nets. There are a few nastiest that humans seldom encounter except on purpose, such as the blue-ringed octopus, lion fish, stone fish, etc.
Basically, if you don’t go looking for trouble from sea critters, trouble seldom finds you. Shark attacks are pretty rare. Jellyfish are more dangerous. Most people who die in the ocean die from stupidity more than anything else.
@War_Pig, true, sea life isn’t terribly likely to kill you, it’s the sea itself.
The ocean has and always will be my Best Friend Forever. It’s the one place that soothes my anxiety (and when I was in the height of my panic attacks, swimming in it was the *only* time I felt anxiety-free) and fills me with contentment. Even when I almost drowned at about the age of eleven ’cause of a wicked bad undertow at the Outer Banks… I never blamed the ocean, that was my own ignorance at fault. ;) (It was my dad who saved me; he had a *lot* in common with Ted ^_^)
I share the “I love the ocean but I’m quite humbled and often scared of it” sentiment. I enjoy the experience of it, and feeling the power of the waves. What worries me is our NJ Shore tourists who have no idea how to handle a riptide. No matter how scary a riptide is, you have to ride with it as long as it carries you, don’t fight the sea…you’ll never win!
I love hearing all of your stories! :)
My seafaring Hebridean ancestors wholeheartedly agree with you. The sea is a beautiful and cruel mistress, never turn your back on her nor take her for granted. She provides much bounty, yet can exact the ultimate price in an instant.
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