Let me just share a petrifying photograph I found on the internet. Yes, it’s an actual, un-Photoshopped shot:
Yikes! Pictures like this will give me nightmares for weeks! Published in Britain’s Daily Mail, this shot is apparently of marine biologist Trey Snow in South Africa, in a tiny kayak, tracking down a great white shark, only to realize it was stalking him instead. Being a diver and a certified son-of-a-beach, my primal fear of sharks overrides my natural curiosity for wildlife. The idea of a 13-foot chomper chasing after me while I paddle weakly from a teeny plastic kayak, is way up there with my ultimate wet nightmare: swimming in the middle of the open ocean, then looking down using my dive mask, only to see the gaping mouth of a great white shark directly beneath me, with the toothy menacing grin sharks have when they’re about to enjoy a meal.