SoCS and #JustJoJan Day 20 – The terrifying beauty of the ocean

Oceans are great aren’t they?  I’v always been fascinated by them.  I haven’t had much occasion to visit them, but when I have, I’m always in awe at the vast beauty.  I’d pretty much only ever visited the Pacific Ocean until my daughter decided that she wanted to go to college in North Carolina.  She didn’t end up anywhere near the beach, but when we dropped her off for school her Freshman year, we ended up having a free day, so we took the four hour drive.  I’m so happy we did it.  There’s just something about it.

I’m sure that if you live by an ocean, you’re sitting there scoffing at me that they’re not so great.  I do the same thing about mountains.  I’m surrounded by mountains and can pretty much take a twenty minute drive and find a trail to hike on that will take me into the mountain wilderness somewhere.  I really do try to appreciate the beauty, but when you see it every day, it’s hard to appreciate it.

My husband is fascinated with the movie Jaws.  For whatever reason, that is his go-to relaxation movie.  In the almost five years (holy cow!) we’ve been together, I couldn’t even tell you how many times he’s watched it.  We have it on DVD but he also has a version of it saved on our DVR so he can easily watch it anytime he wants.

He ended up recording some special on the Reelz channel about the true life story behind the movie.  It used to be interesting when movies would claim they were based on a true story, but it’s happened so much, I think it’s lost its impact.  I’m not sure if Jaws used it, but it is, in fact, based on a true story.  In 1916 there was a shark terrorizing the New Jersey coast.  It was pretty awful to know that the movie followed the actual story almost exactly.

However, I was delighted when it turned out that the death of the shark happened in real life and wasn’t just a happy Hollywood ending.  Two fishermen caught the thing in their net and one of them beat it to death with a broken paddle.  Can you even imagine?  I can’t!

I suppose the moral of the story is that while nature can be beautiful, it is also terrifying in many ways.  It kind of makes you think twice about jumping into the ocean…

Just Jot It January and Stream of Consciousness Saturday are hosted by Linda G. Hill. Today’s prompt is: ““oc.” Find a word that starts with “oc” and use it in your post. Bonus points if you start and end with your post with an “oc” word. Have fun!”



17 thoughts on “SoCS and #JustJoJan Day 20 – The terrifying beauty of the ocean

  1. I read your comment about how you try to enjoy the mountains even though you see them everyday, and I had to agree. The beauty is there, but sometimes it takes that little extra bit to remind ourselves that we’re lucky to live in such a lovely place. I imagine I’d feel the same if I lived by the sea too.

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  2. When I used to work at Cape Cod Hospital, I took care of a man who Captain Quint was based on. They had him on set every day and would have him give the actor tips on how to act more like him. He also ran the controls for the fake shark. At the end of the movie, Steven Spielberg gave him the Orca as a memento. He put it on the beach in front of his house on Martha’s Vineyard. No one paid much attention to it until the movie was released a year later. People would walk by the beach and realize what it was and take pieces of it a souvenirs. They destroyed most of it and he had to take it somewhere else.

    Just a little trivia for your husband:)

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  3. I chose to write about the ocean too. I never need a reason though.

    I never got into Jaws so much. I love the ocean and am afraid of it, drawn to it and hesitant. I appreciate that it teaches me to remain humble. I am so angered at those who think we don’t need it and can abuse it. It is life.

    I would pick ocean over mountains, but one offers peace and silence and the other offers the peace of the waves and the sea birds. Nature truly is a gift.

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