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Old 04-16-2010, 10:50 AM   #1
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Perhaps Not A Viable Aquarium Pet

I have always wanted to set up tanks of the most outrageous aquatic freaks that measure in under a foot-and-a-half, and I half considered adding this to my imaginary stock list for the tank that will never be, but this is too much even for an imaginary situation:

Fanged leech pulled from girl's nose - Discovery.com- msnbc.com
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Old 04-16-2010, 11:13 AM   #2
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Yeah see, that's why I only swim in oceans and swimming pools. *Shudders*
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I only swim in pools!!
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Old 04-16-2010, 01:10 PM   #4
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It's funny but I really feel safe in oceans. Sharks don't scare me. When I lived in FL, I lived in Daytona Beach, always was in the water even though we had a pool in our back yard. Sharks were always close by, heck, we'd see the dark shapes everywhere. I guess I always just accepted that I'm in their turf, what happens happens. We'd also go to the Keys 3 or 4 times a year for diving. Swam with barracuda all around us and sharks, never had any problems. But rivers and lakes? Heck no to the infinite power. Alligators live in them there lakes and rivers *Shudders* Although they are good eating. Fry the tails, serve with a wedge of lemon and a baked potato Yum!
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Alligators live in them there lakes and rivers *Shudders* Although they are good eating. Fry the tails, serve with a wedge of lemon and a baked potato Yum!
I had some with a mustard sauce; one of the most amazing things I've ever tasted.

However, I don't go in the ocean. I've had undertow try to kill me enough times now that I am left to conclude that the ocean doesn't like me, and I have to respect that.
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I saw that this morning on the news. That is one scary leach.
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Old 04-16-2010, 01:50 PM   #7
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Dunno bout that ocean. But then again, I'm not too keen on my old swimming spot at the lakes anymore either after I've seen how big some of those snapper turtles get...Rumors also abound of some pretty huge but rarely seen Gar.
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Thats pretty cool. If you are down here you accept the wildlife or you could go no where. I have swam in lakes before though. Sharks dont bother me, i have seen them in the water before while swimming. The thing is they are swimming around people when they are swimming all the time and nothing happens.
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thats why i love the UK. you might freeze to death but theres very little to eat, suck, squish or otherwise try and kill you.
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One of my great frustrations in life is the vilification of sharks. People get some funny ideas about our place in the world. The fact is that sharks are massive predators, and when you wander into the home of a massive predator you are assuming certain risks. This is not an attempt to suggest that people shouldn't go swimming in the ocean; it is an attempt to suggest that people should be about as surprised by a shark bite in the ocean as they should be to find money in a bank.

That said, shark fear is also blown so far out of proportion as to be absurd. The past decade has seen an average of 70 unprovoked shark attacks per year, world-wide. That is approximately 1/100,000,000 of the world's population turning into shark snacks. Of those 70, 65 are non-fatal.

This is also not me suggesting that I'm volunteering to be chomped, or trying to minimize what the people who are attacked by sharks must endure. No just pointing out that it is blown way the **** out of proportion.

And that's my rant for the day. I have to take the dog to the vet now.

Agreed 100%

We enter their turf and what happens happens. Gators on the other hand give me the willies. I used to be ok with them until we were at Silver Springs in FL. At Silver Springs those gators have the run of the park, which is fine, their habitat and all, I dig it. But when the park puts out benches that are shaped and painted to look like a gator, and an innocent 7 year old (yeah I was innocent at 7) goes to sit on what she thinks is a bench and it MOVES, I got issues. Scared the heck completely out of me and to this day I'm terrified of gators, except when I'm eating them. *Grins* Now sharks are different for me. I knew I was at risk every time I stepped into the water, which was acceptable. You know there's out there, you know they are swimming with you. But at a family park, you don't expect to sit on one.
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