Dmytry and I are in Las Vegas this week, in part for our anniversary and in part for the Romance Novel Convention, which starts Wednesday. We came a few days early to have family time with our kids, my parents and my sister, and they left today so Dmytry and I could have some alone time before convention.
We’ve been having a blast. I never thought I liked Las Vegas. I don’t gamble and I’m not a big drinker, but there’s so much else to do here! This weekend we swam with sharks, in a manner of speaking. The Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino has an area called The Tank, where guests can swim… right along side sharks. The sharks are safely contained in a large shark tank, and we probably look like tasty treats just out of reach, but it’s fascinating watching them through the tank while swimming. There’s also a 3 story water slide that goes THROUGH the tank.
We are basically Shark TV for them. Some crazy reality television show where sharks watch humans in their natural habitat as they drink, party and do a lot of screaming. I can only imagine the conversations they must have about us as they watch us fly through a tube screaming.
So, tonight I discovered that Shark Week is an actual thing on The Discovery Channel. It seems this week is filled with shark news. In a sad and random twist, I also found out a friend of my family’s was attacked by a shark in Maui this week while snorkeling. She’s injured and full of stitches, but is recovering well.
In all of our exploration of the earth and space, the last great fronteir seems to be the sea. Recently, the fresh remains of a whale scientists thought was extinct washed to shore. And aparently sea creatures from nightmares may still exist.
The Megalodon is an (allegedly) extinct massive killer shark that is near 100 feet long. (To put this in perspective, the largest living documented shark right now is the Great White at 20 something feet.) But after watching a pseudo-documentary that gave us a ‘What if’ with some pretty compelling evidence, it looks like this badass killer of the sea could still be out there munching on whales and using the occassional boat and human crew as an appetizer.
The world is still full of mystery and undiscovered monsters lurking in the dark. Think on that next time you swim!
And on that happy note, enjoy Shark Week!