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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Marine Biology

For all of my life, I have been fascinated by the vast world that thrives below me. If given the chance, viewing marine life is an experience that will change your life forever! Few have gotten to experience the mysterious world down below. There are over 200,000 species of animals and plants that live in a marine environment. 71% of the world is covered in water!
Dolphins have been my favorite animal since I remember. Maybe it is because of the silly clicking noises they use to communicate, or their playful personalities. My dream one day is to be able to swim and work with dolphins! The closest thing I’ve ever come to that is getting to be a trainer for the day at the local zoo. There I got to prepare the meal, play with them, and train them.
Someday I hope to be able to get my scuba license and be able to explore the ocean depths.  A lot of people are presented with this opportunity and have an eye opening experience. There’s just one problem… I’m DEATHLY afraid of sharks! Wherever there are dolphins (in the ocean), there are most likely sharks. In my mind, I think that I will be attacked when I enter the water even though shark attacks are a rare phenomenon. The chances of being bitten are 1 in 11.5 million! When looking at that ratio, we realize just how rare these attacks occur and that our fears are sometimes a little irrational.  
Hopefully when I’m older and a little wiser and braver I can put aside my fear and just enjoy the exquisite animal and plant life that thrive in the water!


  1. First comment!
    Alright, let me try to start a discussion
    Where does your irrational fear of sharks come from do you say?
    Can you also explain why sharks are near dolphins? or is it just because it's the ocean
    The part at the zoo must've been fun, I've never had the guts to do it
    Me personally I'd like to go down to the way bottom of the ocean, where there are bizarre creatures and how they survive is just amazing.

  2. Glak,
    First of all, the fear of sharks comes from (I think) not being exposed to the ocean very often. Since there is no ocean where I live, I'm not familiar with sharks being in the waters I swim in. Sharks are usually near dolphins because they require similar conditions to live. There are types of sharks and dolphins that live almost every area of each ocean! I would love to explore the bottom of the ocean as well!

  3. Bottom of the ocean creatures are crazy
    I guess that makes sense
    Go to Boston and live the life, the oceans are the greatest things in the world

  4. Well, I don't know why Younglak commented on this as I sat behind Dasha, but I'll make a comment anyways. :)
    I also share the same interest of marine biology. Whenever there is a show on the Discovery Channel about anything relating to marine life, I make myself comfortable and watch the show in awe for the entire hour of the show.
    About the fear of shark, I don't think that anyone who haven't actually been in the water with a shark is not afraid of them. You don't realize it's safe to swim with the sharks (or at least 1 in 11.5 billion times) until you've actually done it.