Confronting My Fears, One At A Time

I had a fairly wacky day last week: not only did I jump into the ocean and swim with sharks, but I also ate fresh lobster for lunch and ordered seared ahi tuna for dinner, and if you know me at all, you'll know I'm not really a fan of seafood. Still trying to figure out which of those is the greater accomplishment.

SHARK from Holly on Vimeo.

PS: Yes, I swam with sharks! Lots and lots of them. ON PURPOSE. The one above is just a nurse shark---just a nurse shark who BRUSHED AGAINST MY LEG, OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD---but we later saw a whole bunch of (very large and very sharky-looking) Caribbean reef sharks and even a bull shark too. Thank goodness you can pee yourself in a wetsuit with minimum fuss, that's all I can say about that.

Aug 18, 2008

I say eating seafood for lunch was definitely the bigger of the two (very big!) accomplishments. Scuba diving with the sharks was something you "needed" to do for work, whereas nobody was making you eat seafood!

She Likes Purple
Aug 18, 2008

You can officially put badass on your resume because swimming with a bull shark is pretty ridiculously badass.

Shaken Fruit
Aug 18, 2008

Good thing I had a paper bag handy to pant into. Breathing under water? That shit is NOT NATURAL!

good for you though.

Aug 18, 2008

I agree with Jennie! You are an OFFICIAL OCEANIC BADASS!

Aug 18, 2008

Oh, the jealousy. It is blinding me.

Except for the part about the bull shark. Bull sharks are NOT good swimming mates, ever.

Anne & May
Aug 18, 2008

Welcome back.

1) How was the lobster? Did you dip it in drawn butter? That's the best way.

2) You own an underwater video camera?

3) That guy petting the shark needs to get a proper dog.

Aug 18, 2008


I am pretty much hyperventilating over here.

Why, oh WHY?! (That goes for the sharks AND the seafood.)

Aug 18, 2008

Yes, you ARE a badass. I myself would not:

1) Go underwater willingly...there is NO AIR! Jennie is right, simply not natural.

2) Go into the habitat of creatures who have been known to EAT people! (Or at least take a chunk out of them.)

And seriously, a camera you can take underwater? I know they have those disposable ones for film, but video? Too cool.

Aug 18, 2008

See? Told you it was fun! Can't believe you never had seared ahi before. Next time you're in So Cal, go to the Yard House (there's one in Costa Mesa and one in Long Beach) and order the ahi crunchy salad. You will be glad you did.

Scuba divers always have this weird compulsion to pet the animals. Some of Ben's friends have been known to eat freshly cut scallop sashimi while diving. Whatever.

Kerri Anne
Aug 18, 2008

That shark looked like it was lonely and wanted to come home with all of you. I would go so far as to call that shark CUTE. Which might be an improper adjective, but, still. Very awesome. I have always wanted to swim with sharks! Though I'm thinking that when I do it I might go cage-style.

Aug 18, 2008

Kerri Anne, I know, it was like a puppy! It was desperate for us to pet it. I didn't go THAT far, though. I'm brave, but I'm not crazy.

Aug 18, 2008

I agree with the not-breathing problem. I'm having asthma problems already and listening to the metallic woosh of you breathing freaked me out!

Very cool you did it - you should be proud of yourself!

Aug 18, 2008

I love the pan to self for "OH SHIT" reaction. Best thing I've seen all day.

Aug 18, 2008

Petting a shark, that's insane! Glad you lived through it!

Sensibly Sassy
Aug 18, 2008

Go yoU!!! (I really admire the eating fish thing since I cannot even look at seafood without getting quesy)

Aug 18, 2008

since i don't eat seafood either...i'm going to go with the lobster as being the bigger accomplishment!

did you enjoy?

Aug 18, 2008

Well it sounded like your breathing was nice and calm and steady. Good job!

Aug 18, 2008

I would have CRAPPED MY PANTS.

You are a braver woman than I.

Aug 18, 2008

you are a rock star! that was extremely cool. well done.

Aug 20, 2008

I love the Darth Vader sound of the video.

Aug 20, 2008

Holy crap! I don't know if I could have done that!

Bravo! On the sharks AND the seafood! I just recently started eating seafood and sometimes have a hard time eating it, so I feel your pain!