chilly willies

last night martha, gabe and i were just sitting around having drinks and talking about my shark fear.

no big deal.

martha’s other half lives in durban ~south africa, and so they have both been traveling back and forth for visits to see eachother… and she is looking to move there! EEP! exciting, right? clearly i know nothing about SA, so i casually ask,” is there man-eating shark infested waters there?”

martha (and gabe chimes in),” um,….. yeah becky. it’s pretty much a massive shark outlet mall.”

i think i may have fainted after that, until we decided to educate me on the top 10 most shark infested beaches on the globe.

the results and exerpts with terrifying tidbits of sheer and utter chilly willies (via

Gansbaai, South Africa (aka “Shark Alley”)

A popular holiday resort and fishing town in South Africa, Gansbaai is also the great white shark capital of the world.

In fact, there are so many of the
famed and notoriously frightening great white sharks in the narrow sea channel between Geyser Rock and Dyer Island (known as Shark Alley), that shark cage diving has become a popular tourist attraction here. Many visitors come to Gansbaai just for the sharks.

Kosi Bay, Kwa-Zulu-Natal, South Africa

If you thought great whites were terrifying, think again. Zambezi sharks are not only the most aggressive of all sharks, they also have the ability to swim deep inland by way of lakes and rivers. In fact, not only are these sharks found in plenty in Kosi Bay, they have been spotted swimming as far from the ocean as Ohio up the Mississippi River in the U.S. That’s right, sharks in lakes. And rivers. Makes my skin crawl just thinking about it.

New Smyrna Beach, Florida, USA

Bolinas, California

Recife, Brazil

Sometimes called the Venice of South America, this seaside town on the Atlantic coast of Brazil has the perfect urban beach with gentle seashore breezes, endless days of sunshine and… Sharks. Lots of them. Since 1992, there have been more than 50 shark attacks, 16 of them fatal, along a 20 kilometer stretch of coast near Recife, Brazil. This makes Recife the most fatal place for shark attacks in the world, where about 1 in every three attacks ends in death. Because of the concentration of the aggressive and dangerous bull sharks here in Brazil, this beach has earned a reputation as the most deadly shark attack spot in the world. Sounds like it might be a better idea to concentrate on your tan here than think about getting in the water.

Lake Nicaragua, Nicaragua

Bondi Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Reunion Island

West End, Grand Bahamas

Umhlanga Rocks, South Africa

Located along the shores of the Indian Ocean not far from bull shark-infested Kosi Bay, this picturesque and popular seaside resort town has one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. However, these stretches of beautiful beaches are also home to lots of sharks. Aggressive, huge and terrifying great white and bull sharks to be exact. Swimmers here are somewhat protected by a string of fishing nets that keep sharks out, which were installed in 1957 after five swimmers were killed by sharks in just 100 days.

Today, the town is home to the Natal Shark Board, which is a combination museum, headquarters and laboratory studying sharks in the region. In fact, there are so many sharks off this coastline that scientists in Umhlanga have patented a device to be worn by surfers and divers called a Protective Oceanic Device (POD), which supposedly repels sharks and prevents them from attacking. The device works by enveloping the wearer in a 120 volt electrical field, repelling any nearby sharks.

ok. let’s take a recap.

3 out of 10 beaches are where martha is moving, and 1 is in my man’s country.

SICK-A-TATION! i will never sleep again.

martha,… THINK ABOUT IT!!!!!!!!!!!!

2 responses

  1. It’s interesting….I am not afraid of sharks when actually swimming in areas with dense shark populations. No, my fear comes otu in my dreams. I finally realized that, on a subconscious level, sharks are the manifestation of my fears, which are lurking beneath the surface.

    Crazy, but identifying the connection made my fear go away…until I read your post! LOL! kidding, but I can admit it kinda creeped me out:-)

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