They say these waters aren’t what they used to be

They say these waters aren’t what they used to be

As I stood at the shoreline, with the ocean waves cascading up my ankles, the running life guard yelled to me the five words you never want to hear at the beach, “they just caught a shark!”


“What?” I questioned as I quickly followed him to the closest jetty, where another life guard stood.


As soon as he saw me, he pointed, “Look…It is a tiger shark. It is only a baby.”


“Is it alive?” I asked.


As shrugged his shoulders he gently poked it. I loudly screamed as we watched as the shark thrashed about. Calmly, he replied, “Yep, it is alive.”


“What happened? How did it get here?” I stammered.


The life guard pointed to the fisherman at the end of the jetty. “They caught him. Can you believe it?”


An ATV appeared with more life guards. They quickly assessed the situation. “It definitely looks like a tiger shark,” one said.


“They are endangered, aren’t they?” another one asked.


“We have to throw him back in. Otherwise he will die,” yet another life guard commented. “If he is endangered, we can’t let that happen.”


In awe, I watched as two life guards bravely picked up the forty pound fish to save his life, and to set him free. The fisherman also saw this and came running down the jetty, in a mad panic. “What are you doing?” he yelled. “That is my fish!!! I caught it,” he continued yelling as he wrestled the shark away from the life guards and carried it to the edge of the jetty, closest to the ocean.

Another life guard who was standing by and watching got incensed at the thought of killing an endangered species, so he quickly dialed 911. Within moments the police arrived. Fortunately, the shark was still alive. The police entrusted the shark to the life guards. With much care, they gently placed the shark in the ocean and watched it safely swim away.


I am very happy the shark survived, but it will be a long time before I go back into the ocean.

26 thoughts on “They say these waters aren’t what they used to be

  1. I am SO happy they let it go and it survived! It breaks my heart to see sharks over fished and killed. And that was just a baby, so Im happy the police sided with the lifeguards! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Oh Blackbird… sort of like a little love bite? I am so happy RM was bug free, and with clear water. We actually had a lot of sea weed… but, no bugs…

  2. Oh my goodness–he was pretty!!! And I am glad they put him back where he belongs. Seems like there are more and more sharks coming in closer where they never were before. I think this guy needed to ask for directions —I am sure he was a male!!!! 🙂

    1. Beth Ann – you crack me up… But, I have to agree. He was a guy… If only he stopped for directions.. none of this ever would have happened. It is crazy with the number of sharks that are around. A few month back, about a mile from my house, a whale washed up too… It isn’t good…

  3. Yayayyayayayayayayayayyay for the lifeguards!! Yayyyayayayyayay!! I’m so glad good people prevailed! Yay!! And Yay for the shark – it must have been so frightened, poor thing!!!

    Take care

    1. Old Kitty – those life guards were amazing. I can’t believe how brave they were…. Also, they were so determined to “do the right thing” You don’t see that every day…. 🙂

  4. My boys were very excited to see this post! They have been watching Shark Week and have become obsessed with Sharks!!!

    The last time went to Punta Cana we were swimming in the water and something pumped into my leg…The man next to me swimming was a seasoned vacationer on the island, he looked at me told me they were harmless, not to panic, I slightly giggled, and slowly backed out of the water.

    1. Darcie – I am gald your boys enjoyed! They would have loved to be by my house… How ironic is it that it is shark week. What did the shark feel like? I would have died 🙂 I think it will be quite a while before I head back into the ocean…. Ugh

    1. Meowmeowmans – I know.. I felt so bad for the shark.. But, he got lucky. Those life guards were amazing. I am so impressed by each and every one of them….

  5. But Hilary….it was just a baby and I’m sure Alex would just have loved to play with it!
    Beside that tiny little shark does not want to have anything to do with you!
    Hurray for the lifeguards and boo for the fisherman….they shouldn’t be fishing for sharks in the first place…..

    And silly rabbit….don’t you know you go to the beach to get a tan….You shouldn’t go in the water anyway!

    1. Brenda…. You are right. Alex wasn’t happy when I told him I didn’t bring the shark home to play…. I can’t belive how amazing the life guards were. They were so determined to do right by that shark….

      I am a silly rabbit – what was I thinking taking a tanning break anyway? Crazy me… Besides, this little deversion prevented me from finishing #4 (I have to wait until the weekend now….)

  6. Wow, that is quite a story. It reminds me of why I don’t like to go in the ocean however I love being at the ocean. I am so glad that he was still alive and they were able to put him back in the ocean.

    1. Debby – it is funny.. I get scared of the ocean sometimes, but I fear the waves and currents. I think about drowning. I have never thought about a shark. I don’t think I will be jumping into the ocean anytime soon… I am so happy the little guy was rescued too. 🙂

  7. I am probably wrong but I didn’t think those sharks were endangered.
    I really do stay out of the ocean — since Jaws I have never been comfortable in the water.
    It’s far more likely to get attacked by a shark in Florida than get hit by lightening!
    (both are pretty rare but still…………)
    Wow that was one lucky shark though!

    1. Abby – you probably are right… I don’t think the life guards were really sure either, but i am glad they didn’t take any chances and let him swim free – although, i now too am scared of the water. Jaws didn’t really do much for me… But, seeing this little chap… well, that is a completly different story. I never thought of sharks here in NY, or in FL when I go down… How silly was I?

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