This is all about Sharks.
In particular, my personal encounters with them.
For those that know, my dad is a Ship Captain, Tug Master, Pilot, Sailor etc etc and he has been coasting the waters since he was 14.
I’ve been coasting the waters well pretty much my whole life, thanks to dad.
At one stage, I even lived on one of dad’s ships, which was a tanker called THE BUFFALO, which used to travel between South Africa and Mauritius.
Dad had me driving tug boats from age 5 with his watchful eye of course, and I even got to assist and guide a ship into the harbour by driving a tug on a few occassions.
Every now and then we’d spot a fin in the ocean and he’d point out whether it was a dolphin (YAY), a whale (also YAY) or a shark (boo) and if so, what type it was.
I used to have terrible nightmares about sharks.
I’d be walking along the piers getting to my dad’s ship and it would always get smaller and smaller and smaller, and it would be so skinny, I’d have to walk one foot in front of the other, and every single time, I’d lose balance and fall in.
There were always great whites on either side, and regardless of which way I fell, I always met my death.
The horrible thing was, I could feel the pain of being ripped to shreds, and only woke up right where there was no more body of mine to eat.
This was recurring, and happened over many years.
No wonder I have always been a bit petrified of them.
AGE 13. ENCOUNTER 1.
It was one of my parents’ work Christmas party, and it was held at the life saving club in Durban North.
At around 5pm, I decided to cool off and went by myself for a dip in the ocean.
I always get in pretty slow, especially when the water is coldish, and was making my way in, and was about waist deep, when i saw something coming at me within the waves.
I remember running screaming out, and quickly made my way up onto the shore, before having the guts to look back.
Right where I had exited the water, now lay a dead tiger shark.
They then took me on a jetski ride in rough waves about half an hour later, to say I was petrified, was an understatement.
Stay Tuned for Encounter No 2,3 and 4..