My family goes to the same beach most summers. Back in the summer of 2011, I'd spent the day inside and taking my kids to the pool at the property (J was still alive). It was getting to be late afternoon and I decided I wanted to take a dip in the ocean. My wife likes to hear the waves, I mean really likes to hear them, it's the main reason we go, but she's not much for going in the water. So it's about six in the evening and I head for the beach. I'm about to go into the water when I notice, dead ahead of me, that something is coming out of the water. Not someone, something. 

A little while after, I had the presence of mind to take a picture of it, though I wasn't nearly as close to it as when I first saw it. 

It was I guess between three and four feet long. Not huge, but I wouldn't have wanted to be in its proximity in the water, and if I'd entered the water about a minute earlier I'd have been right in front of it, heading toward it. 

It turns out that this beach is at the very northern end of the alligator's natural range. There had been a hurricane a few days before and we think all that flooding resulted in the alligator being in the ocean rather than the sound. They don't like the ocean. Before that, I didn't even know they were in the sound. I know now. 

The following summer we went there again, as usual. My daughter and I were walking on the beach one night when, in a flashlight beam, we found this:

Yup, a dead shark. 

Now, you can't see scale here. In actuality, this shark was maybe a foot long, tip to tip. I have another photo of my daughter holding it up gingerly by the very tip of its tail. The shape is scary but the size wasn't, and I don't know enough about sharks to know if this was simply a small breed or a young example of a big breed. 

This summer, I have a reservation on the same beach that I haven't paid for yet. This year, however, I'm a bit nervous, so maybe we won't go. After all, I heard about those shark attacks a week or two ago where two kids lost limbs. 

Maybe I'll have a phone conversation with the company I rent from, Oak Island Realty.


That Oak Island. 

My skittishness isn't quite as unreasonable as it looked, is it?

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Comment by Arthur James on June 20, 2015 at 12:29pm








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Comment by Arthur James on June 20, 2015 at 12:33pm


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Comment by Rob Wittmann on June 20, 2015 at 12:38pm

Go up to the mountains and rent a nice cabin on a lake. Maybe a black bear or two, but they tend to be scared of people--especially if you are in a county with bear-hunting. As for the water, the most you'd have to contend with is a snapping turtle or Pike.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on June 20, 2015 at 12:41pm


When it comes to the ocean and what's in it, there's nothing more edifying that a helicopter ride out into the oil patch in the Gulf of Mexico:

This is what they look like from below:

Comment by koshersalaami on June 20, 2015 at 12:50pm
Lot of sharks.

My wife likes the beach mre than the mountains. Aside from the bugs, I like the mountains. My family used to take a tent trailer to Shenandoah Nat'l Park on weekends.
Comment by Arthur James on June 20, 2015 at 1:42pm


I agree...


try not to





get a hut?


no talk, or

blog and




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Peace folk...


They gets


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Comment by koshersalaami on June 20, 2015 at 1:44pm
Confess to what?
Comment by Anna Herrington on June 20, 2015 at 1:47pm

Holy cow, an alligator walking out of the if sharks and jellyfish weren't enough....

You have every reason to be skittish, in my opinion.

I like the sounds of ocean waves, too - and beach walks - the rest, not so much. Swimming I also absolutely love, but in the ocean?

It would take just the right circumstances and a persuasive fellow swimmer friend to get me enjoying much of an ocean swim these days.

Comment by Arthur James on June 20, 2015 at 1:49pm


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Comment by koshersalaami on June 20, 2015 at 1:59pm
And there something is,
In a nutshell
I guess


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