“Planet Shark Blogger Day” at the Georgia Aquarium
Thanks to the Georgia Aquarium and my multiple blogs, I received invitations to “Planet Shark Blogger Day” this afternoon. I magnanimously forwarded the invite to a “mommy blogger” friend to see if the display was kid-friendly (because I certainly wasn’t going to bring my 3-year-old around a bunch of flesh eaters). We both thought the shark displays a bit intense for tiny ones, but the information given was interesting. For instance:
- “galeophobia” and “selachophobia” are both terms used to identify excessive fear of sharks (“prudence” is the term for an appropriate level of fear of sharks).
- in the U.S., you are 200 times more likely to die from a deer attack than a shark attack (this is why my father shoots deer and not sharks).
- you are 700 times more likely to die in a plane crash than a shark attack (this is why pilots are paid more than marine biologists).
- the world’s largest fish is the whale shark, which can weigh 13 tons and measure 50 feet (luckily it doesn’t have to compete with the whale whale, its being a mammal and all).
I did, however, see a preschooler get her head stuck between the bars in a shark cage on display. I assume this is why preschoolers are not encouraged to drop beneath boats in the Pacific to film swimming sharks, right?
The verdict? A good place to bring the family on a weekday. I haven’t been on a weekend, but I assume there are significantly more crowds than I saw today. But on a Friday at 2pm? We could molest all the starfish we could find. Ditto for the sea anemones.
And who wants to be the guy who’s never touched a sea anemone? Not this guy.