After reading “Mermaid Fever,” the statement that I think this essay makes about societal attitudes is that people will react and behave very strangely to anything that is out of the ordinary. The narrator bases his essay on a public beach, located in a small town in Connecticut, and out of the blue, this teenage girl’s body was washed up under the tide line one summer night. After extensive scientific tests and examinations on the body, the news finally broke out that the girl was a mermaid. The girl was soon transferred to a local museum in town where she would be put on a glass display that will be open to the public. This news brought the whole city together, and people waited in line for hours just to observe this fond discovery.
The mushers in Alaska, along with their dogs, had to face white-outs and ice-covered rivers. The mushers prevailed, along with their dogs and made it to Nome just in time. ‘’I was just thankful she was alive,’’ Said Bethany Hamilton’s mom. Before Bethany Hamilton was bitten by the Tiger Shark, she was an extremely good surfer. When Bethany Hamilton was bitten by the Tiger Shark it ripped off her arm.
Have you ever come face to face with a huge great white shark? I bet you haven’t! In the short story, The Truth about Sharks by Joan Bauer. Beth is falsely accused for stealing a pair of jeans when she was really just trying to find an outfit for her Uncle Al’s birthday party.She starts as a nervous girl trying to prove herself innocent. However, in the end, Beth stands up for her rights and demands an apology from the security guard and the owner of the store.
Fanning was dragged off the board and into the water, but he kicked, punched and screamed at the shark and took his ankle cord off. This they believe saved his life. The shark swam away and the boats were able to rescue Fanning without any scratches. It is a miracle that he was not hurt or killed.
The events that follow involves the hyena killing the zebra and orangutan and then being killed itself by the tiger who spends 227 days at sea with Pi Patel. One of the strongest themes in the movie is that of resilience. Surviving a shipwreck that killed his entire family was traumatic enough. To add to that, not only did he see a hyena viciously kill the orangutan he was immensely fond of, but he was also now stuck on a boat in the middle of the Pacific ocean with a tiger that had already tried to attack him. Being stranded at sea for 227 days made him go through events far beyond anyone’s imagination.
Bethany Hamilton Did you know sharks are the most feared animals in the ocean? Bethany Hamilton was just 13 when she was attacked by a shark off the shore of Kauai Hawaii in 2003. She was surfing with one of her friends and her friends dad was also there. And all of a sudden a 15 foot tiger shark snuck up on Bethany, and bit off her left arm. Her reaction wasn’t loud or frightening, it was calm.
“She grew daring and reckless, overestimating her strength. She wanted to swim far out, where no woman had swum before” (47). In The Awakening, the narrator, Kate Chopin writes the eye opening story of Edna Pontellier. One summer, Edna, her husband, Leonce, and her kids go to a resort in Grand Isle for vacation. There Edna made several friends who change her life.
Dory, tagging along as a classroom helper, gets herself sucked into the undertow of the rays, and begins to remember pieces of her childhood. It’s from there Dory takes off on a blind quest to search for her parents meeting new fish with several different impairments on the way. Destiny, a whale shark who Dory knew at a young age, has limited vision causing her to bump into the sides of her tank often. Bailey, a beluga whale, who has a head injury causing interference with his echolocation. And Hank, an octopus, or a septopus, because he is missing a tentacle.
One summer Aimee and her family vacationed in Jersey Shore. She was swimming when she suddenly got caught in a rip current. She had to do some quick thinking “And all I could think to do was pop off these legs and put one under each armpit, with the peach feet sticking up and just bob thinking, Someone’s gotta find me.” “And a lifeguard did.” From a young age, Aimee used her disadvantage to an advantage. Without the buoyant legs, Aimee may not be alive. Aimee found her mental strength to overcome a tough obstacle and used her prosthetics for
“Crack, crack.” A little fin pops out of its egg on a warm summer day in Florida. Coming out of the egg a small, green, female sea turtle rushes to make it to the ocean without being attacked by predators. Obstacles lie on the beach for the sea turtle to avoid; broken glass, fishing lines, nets, garbage from the last visitor of the day before. The sea turtle gets entrapped in the fishing line, unable to make it to the ocean, and ultimately devoured by the seagulls. Recently, this has been the pattern for sea turtles; however, there was a time when this wasn’t the case: “[Sea turtles] have existed for over 100 million years” (Sea Turtle Conservancy, “Why Care?”) without the trouble of pollution on beaches and oceans.
A couple minutes later something happened that no one suspected. A couple minutes after they got to the beach, Bethany was lying on her board and she was dangling her arm in the water. Before she knew it a shark came out the water and bit her arm clean off. Bethany didn’t panic, she didn’t even scream. She called out as calm as she could and said ‘’I just got attacked by a shark!’’ Alana’s dad had gotten to her first and pushed her up to the shore.
Orcas’ Behind Closed Tanks Imagine you are a four to eight year old child and you are on vacation with your family entering into a SeaWorld. The excitement has been built up from the commercials that show you these huge and majestic animals that are not like the everyday animal you see on a daily basis. The commercials have a way of taking your imagination to another level, and any child even an adult is at awe with the level of performance these orcas’ are putting on. Amongst the magic, laughter, and adrenaline that you feel you don’t question whether or not these wild animals should be contained like they are. Blackfish, a documentary released on July 19, 2013 by Gabriela Cowperthwaite and filmed by Manuel Oteyza, answered
Diana Nyad is an American author, journalist, motivational speaker, and long- distance swimmer. It was Diana fifth time standing on the Cuban shore, hoping that she will make it across that vast from Cuba to Florida. Not only has she tried four times but even the greatest swimmer in the world has been trying since 1950 's and it hasn 't been done yet. Knowing the risk of the dangerous wildness of an ocean, she still continues this great journey. Facing the sharks and the deadliest box jellyfish.
I have swum with Caribbean reef sharks in the Bahamas and have seen how beautiful and strong they truly are first hand. Sharks are a vital part to every ecosystem they are in and currently being killed at a rate that they cannot reproduce at. Alpha predators are a necessary component of eco-systems because they keep the populations of every trophic level below them in check. You can compare an eco-system to a skyscraper; you need every single part so the entire building does not fall apart. Sharks have the task of killing the wounded, old, and sick fish in schools to keep the stocks of fish healthy and plentiful.
How is this process allowed or encouraged at SeaWorld when they are kept in a concrete pool? Each animal enclosure needs to be updated to meet the specific necessities of each animal. One risk posed by the current habitat for killer whales, is how long these animals spend at the surface in captivity. The whales can become sun burned and two killer whales have died from being bitten by a mosquito (Lewis, 2013). This is unheard of in the wild because the killer whales are able to swim away from pests such as mosquitos.