Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A Shark of a Story

Thanks to Google Images.
 Today is the big reveal..  The truth about my First Crusader Challenge story.

 I have always loved the sea and did compete in sailing competitions around Southern Ireland in a GP 14 named "Rubber Duck"  I think the word fuliguline reminded me of this little experience. 

The boat did in fact capsize into a school of Basking Sharks. Basking sharks are often seen traveling in larger schools of up to a 100 or more. I swear there were hundreds of them! 

 I was indeed wearing the thick Atlantic Ocean grade insulated wetsuit. Which I was told after the fact was a good thing or my skin could have been ripped to ribbons due to the basking sharks skin with its large dermal dentacles (denticle" translates to "small tooth).  Basking shark skin is very rough and scratchy because it is covered in MILLIONS of scales like tiny shark teeth!

The Basking Sharks sheer size and power must be respected. They are HUGE! They have two dorsal fins.  The larger one is to the front of the shark and smaller one towards the tail end.  Scary! 

What I did not do was turn the boat to the wind and sail away leaving my not so Knight in Shining Armour behind.  It is what I wanted to do, but didn't. That could qualify as my good characteristic or my bad one.  Depends on the day.  My sailing days were numbered after this experience.

 Jemi you were right!  Well done.

Now you all know a little something about Basking Sharks.  Blogging is so informative don't you think!

25 comments:

Brigid said...

Whoo said blogging was a waste of time? Thanks for all your basking shark info, I will show off my new found knowdlege to my 8 year old later, hope your little man is doing well!

Ann said...

Hope 8 year old is suitably impressed. Little young fella is doing great. Not sleeping much and eating loads. Daughter is learning the joys of motherhood!

Niamh said...

Dermal denticles! oh lordy!
Very informative! Good on you for fitting all those mad words into your challenge post too! I enjoyed reading it but dont think I commented!:)

Ann said...

You learn something new each and every day if you have a mind to. At the time I thought they were barnacles. LOL! Glad you enjoyed my fishy tale Niamh.

Old Kitty said...

I love basking sharks!! I love them!! I think they're the ocean's gentle giants!!!

Yay for Jemi!!!

Yay for you for being able to sail!! What a skill!! Take care
x

Ann said...

Ah yes Kitty, but I didn't know that then. All I saw were hundreds of fins. And what came to mind was that opening scene from "Jaws"

Charlotte Rains Dixon said...

Well, it all sounds very romantic, adventurous and impressive to a landlubber like me!

Trisha said...

I'm enjoying finding out people's lies. hehe

Ann said...

Hi Charlotte, romantic...errr I don't know?

Hi Trisha, It is interesting isn't it? Many a plot could be conjured from the lies I think.

Have Mercy! Killer Reviews said...

I loved your challenge story! It was so cute. I would have never guessed that was the lie.

L'Aussie said...

Oh Ann, this is such great stuff. Go write some stories about this. I want to read them. Clever and weird!

Denise:)

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Robyn Campbell said...

So cool! Great job on fooling most everyone. These lies a re made of magic. (I love sharks.) ;)

Trisha said...

I agree - maybe somebody should write a story incorporating all the Crusaders' lies. Wow, what a job that'd be. :D

Anyway, I popped back to tell you I gave you an award :)
http://thefarseas.blogspot.com/2011/01/stylish-blogger-award.html

Lauri said...

Amazing story! I love the ocean and boats, but not the sharks.

Kittie Howard said...

Holy Moley! What a story! I'm terrified of sharks and think you're more than brave for being among those dudes. You've got a story for a book here!!

PBS did have a program about sharks several weeks ago. Come to find out, barnacles don't stick to the scales because of the way the water flows. This ties into cancer research and other areas. Really interesting!

Ann Best said...

Blogging IS so informative. Always such interesting stories, pieces of memoirs really, and always original as personal stories are! This is amazing information about sharks. I think we all shudder when we think of them; I do!

I came over to respond to the comment you posted on L'Aussie (Denise's place) yesterday whee she guest posted my story. Yes, we do all need hope to get through this life!

L.A. Colvin said...

HAH Loved it. It definetely depends on the day if you leave them or not.

Regina said...

What a great story. Who wouldn't want to sail away without the Knight? :)-

Talli Roland said...

Whoa! I never knew that about basking sharks! Yikes. Glad you were wearing that wetsuit!

Nas Dean said...

Hi there fellow crusader! Loved your story.

Theresa Milstein said...

Sounds like you were the knight in shining armor! Scary story.

Margo Berendsen said...

Wow, what an experience! I would have freaked out too in such a large group of sharks, even if I knew they weren't after me!

Mary said...

A great story Ann and one to share with Little Sir one day.
Thanks you for my lovely award.

Agnes said...

Oh Ann! My sailing days would have been numbered too! (the exact number? 0!!!!!)

LadyJai said...

Loved reading your Crusader Challenge and your lie reveal!

Here's an award for you! But....you already got it! :/

http://snippettsfrommymind.blogspot.com/2011/02/blogger-awardinteresting-things.html?spref=tw