We’re gonna need a bigger boat

Live every week like it's shark week

It’s HERE! The best week of the entire year is upon us. Stop everything because it’s SHARK WEEK!

My obsession with all things shark began way back in grade school – so far back that I can’t actually remember how or why it started. But while other girls were playing with Barbie dolls I was playing with my plastic sharks (which I could name by species, not to brag).

My parents and friends have always just gone with it. Maybe they thought I’d grow out of it.

I haven’t.

In fact, as I’ve grown up and become a SCUBA instructor, it’s intensified.

I own 23 shark-related books.

Many of my research papers throughout school have been related to sharks and shark conservation.

As a kid, the first thing I ever saved up my allowance for was a fossilized Megalodon tooth (still my most prized possession).

If there’s a shark in the movie, I’ve seen it. Even if it’s the most horrible movie ever. I’m talking to you, Sharknado.

I have dressed up as a shark on more than one occasion.
Were you at JCK? Did you see that girl with the shark backpack? That was me.

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Most of my birthdays have included something shark-y

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My mom always gets me Shark Week surprises (Ex. My bathtub … I was 22)

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I have been shark diving in the open water four times (and still have all my limbs). Sharks are friends!

Finally, my graduation present from college was cage diving with Great Whites in South Africa. GREAT WHITES, PEOPLE! This was the best thing ever out of all the things. Seriously, I have since had a little life crisis because what do you do with yourself after your #1 dream actually comes true?! Y’all … I went cage diving. With Great Whites. What? Is this real life? YES, IT WAS REAL LIFE. I love real life. Okay, I’ll compose myself. I just … I can’t even. It was everything I thought it was going to be in more. I will never, ever, ever forget the moment I saw my first Great White. They are so majestic and powerful and graceful and awing.

So what are your Shark Week plans? Have a favorite shark? Share with us in the comments section. And look for part II of this series next week!

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