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A Fear Of The Ocean Essay

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Amy Jo JohnsonProfessor David Tomas MartinezEnglish 1301July 28, 2014A Fear of the OceanEarly this morning, his alarm is the one that woke us up. Usually, my alarm is the one to let me know that it is time to get up and get ready for school. Today is Sunday though, and the wave report is showing a prediction of good conditions at Surfside. So, his plan is to wake up before sunrise, go pick up Trey, and hit the beach. I have plenty of homework and housework, so I will stay busy here at home, breaking at midday to make lunch and take my boys to the pool for an afternoon swim. When Greg calls from the jetties to let me know how his day is going, I get to live vicariously through his story. Sometimes, we go as a family out to Galveston or Surfside, or wherever the weather happens to be the most favorable. My boys and I will play in the shallow waters where it is safe for youngsters. Greg always brings his board along. He lets the boys give it a go, but only from chest-deep water towards the shore. My little one likes to sit on the board, while Greg holds on to the back of it and pushes it forward. I have tried only once, and realized quickly that it is much more difficult than it looks! I have always wanted to learn to surf; my fear of the deep water keeps me from it. Greg frequents the nearby Texas beaches, rain or shine, just for the thrill of those few moments when he catches a really good wave. I am so envious. However, I am afraid of the ocean because there are many deadly predators in the water, there are strong undertow currents, and also because of the intimidation of the size of the ocean.The chance of crossing paths with any of the dangerous wildlife of the ocean can make a visit to the beach seem precarious. Jellyfish, tiger sharks, stonefish, puffer fish, sea snakes, lionfish, stingray, eel, and octopus are all examples of terrifying sea animals. All of these creatures inhabit the ocean, and are all pretty well-known. The chances are pretty small that I will ever be confronted by one of these animals. However, even with a small chance of an encounter, they all do have the ability to inflict some type of pain on humans. Some are obviously more dangerous to people than others. But still, they all exist. And, with human interaction, do not play well. Jellyfish don't even have to attack. When they float by, their tentacles merely touching a person can cause pain. They are usually in groups- where one is seen, many more are close by. Jellyfish are more likely to be lingering around, which makes a sting from jellyfish tentacles a realistic concern for any swimmer in the beaches in the Gulf of Mexico. Schools of jellyfish go wherever the ocean current takes them, so they are pretty commonly found around beaches. Sharks also spend time in the warm waters of the Gulf. Bigger waves are further from the shore, so surfers are more likely to encounter one of these larger, more threatening creatures further away from the shallow water at the shoreline....

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