Beach Walk 469 – Shark’s in Town

Wouldn’t you know it, I decide to take a few days off BW and go to the beach sans camera, only to discover all kind of activity.

A man had been bitten by a shark just around the point from where we usually swim and paddle. So I grabbed a little footage and have a belated report for you, with a somewhat timeless question. How does “group mind” affect you? Have you stopped to wonder how you would feel about sharks if there were no scary shark movies? Yes, they do sometimes eat humans. But ever so rarely.

Here’s the story about Harvey Miller in the local paper.
Here’s the BW episode about the hammerhead shark.

Hawaiian Word:
Manō: shark

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Beach Walk Audio 7 – Making Sense of Nonsense

beachwalkaudio graphicTodays’ audio was recorded beach front in Waikiki at sunset.

We were in the newly remodeled “Beach Walk” area of Waikiki (no relationship to our Beach Walks!) We were discussing several of the aspects of this multi-million dollar renovation and how the brilliant minds and big budgets approved a few of the aspects.

P.S. No enhanced podcast today.

Hawaiian words
Noʻonoʻo kūpono: common sense
ʻAno ʻole: nonsense

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Beach Walk Audio 6 – Sharks and Moms

beachwalkaudio graphicA two-topic episode and one amazing day!

Watch this episode in iTunes to see the embedded photos or check them out on Flickr. We had a shark sighting at the beach: one 10′ tiger shark. It caused the lifeguards to post a special sign, but otherwise, beach as usual. Gorgeous and inviting.

Happy Mother’s Day to my mom Blanche. I love how we get along these days! (It wasn’t always that way…)

Links for reference:
Beach Walk #182
The Shark Movie I was in – Tiger Shark, Beyond Fear

Hawaiian words
Makuahine: mother
Manō: shark

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Beach Walk 162 – Are Animals Conscious?

I think animals are conscious, and if they are, then I think that means we don’t have to worry for them quite so much.

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About Today’s Show

It was raining a lot today so we made this show at home, and added footage we collected this summer of a honu (turtle) and a manō (shark). Both had died of strangulation from tangled fish wire and fishing nets and were washed ashore.

I felt very sad for them when I encountered each of them (on separate days) yet I couldn’t quite bring myself to rant and rail against the fishermen. One, I figure I am on the soapbox enough, and two, a lot of this I believe is inadvertent. I am not talking about the bill gill nets as I am strongly opposed to those methods of fishing. Too many animals die in the process of collecting some fish. But lines do break and get left behind sometimes.

It also occurs to me that it is somewhat condescending to think of animals as “less than” or needing our pity. (Note I did not say sympathy.) I want them to learn that we humans leave all sorts of stuff behind and to watch out for it. Those of us who believe animals have incredible powers can understand that this is possible!

I do believe there is a difference between animals in the wild and those who have come to live with us, like Lexi or the goldfish in our pond. It is my job to protect them. And I do happily.

In any case, I wanted to show this footage as it is not often we get to have up close encounters with creatures from the sea. And I choose not to worry myself sick that this was all for nothing but rather there is some sense to life, even the painful parts when spirits die, even if we can’t always see it. Certainly the shark was a treat for the school children, who may have a greater appreciation for them as a result.

Hawaiian words
Manō: shark
Honu: turtle
Make: dead

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Beach Walk 62 – Have You Hugged a Shark Today?

There’s more to the story of Lexi deciding not to swim with me yesterday.

h3. About Today’s Show

I followed on today with my curiosity when Lexi refuses to go in the water and swim with me. I think it is because she simply prefers to chase her ball. But, it does remind me of a woman on Maui who swam every morning, with her dog. Until one morning when she was eaten by a tiger shark. Strangely, her dog would not go in the water that morning.

Sharks get a bad rap in my opinion. Here in Hawai’i, they are respected and loved, though declining in numbers.

You can see (or buy) the BBC documentary about tiger sharks.
Tiger Shark Attack: Beyond Fear

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Mahalo to Lana Petty, Guest Director today, assisted by Chris Nichols. Please check out their sites:
Honu Lani – Shea Butter Lip Balm
Pet Flight – Learn all about traveling with your pet
Brent Dog – The Yellow Lab’s site

Tip: If you leave a message on the conch, please speak up so we can hear you! It’s noisy out there by the wind and waves. :-)

Hawaiian words
Manō: shark
ʻAumākua: personal or family gods; deified ancestors
Lani: heaven, heavenly, spiritual

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