In Honor of Shark Week (an ode to scary killers)

I'm a scaredy cat.  It's true.  I read once that sharks have been known in rare cases to adapt to freshwater and get into lakes, they are no longer safe.  And deep ocean water?  Forget it!  God calls us to the deep, scary waters of our lives, right?  I'm over here hoping He walks across the water to come meet me on the shore where I'll be building Him a great sandcastle. 

Back to Jaws, turns out this nightmare is important for the world.  To be serious a minute, every animal plays a part in the roles around them, but sharks are particularly important to the economy of my hometown (shoutout Bath, Maine!) because without sharks, rays increase in number, who in turn kill more scallops <<not the delicious scallops you murderer!!!>> and quahogs and clams.  Which means no more clam chowder and fried scallops in my life!

While movies have increased the scare factor of sharks and media coverage of tragic shark encounters abounds, your risk of being bitten by a shark is lower than being hit by a car, being killed while on your bike, being struck by lightning, or having an accident with fireworks.  In fact, sharks have much more to fear in humans due to the harvesting of their dorsal fins for shark fin soup.  A delicacy that was once rare in Asia, but with rising incomes the soup is becoming commonplace and the hunting of sharks in rising with the economy.

Without sharks, the next predator in line gets a chance to wreak havoc on the balance of the ocean.  So, while you won't see me diving with sharks on my next vacation- I will grudgingly respect them, from afar. Afarfar

More on sharks and the ecosystem here:  Sharks and More Sharks