I’m so glad I decided to go to the Aquarium in Toronto when I was there last week. Despite the 1200 kids, when I finally made it through to where these sharks and fish were, I was in heaven. The only time other than this that I’ve seen a shark was snorkeling in Mexico and it was a tiny reef shark that I just happened to notice about 4 feet down as I was swimming overtop of it. A second after I saw it, I admit I was scared and swam quickly to shore, even though it was only about 3 feet long, it could’ve even been a baby. But where’s there’s a baby…there’s a mom and hence my quick swim to shore. Thing is though, I know now that fear was completely in my head and it looked so gentle and really just like a big fish (which at first I actually thought it was). It had no fear of me and probably didn’t even notice me.
So seeing not just one shark but a few of them swimming behind the confines of a small enclosed glassed off area, I felt a bit strange. Very safe. In fact, it made it very easy to feel compassion for these beautiful and powerful creatures trapped in (in my opinion) a rather small enclosed space to say the least. Despite this, (and I still grapple with this subject), I was really impressed at how well I was able to actually ‘feel’ as if I was really underwater in the ocean with the sharks, fish and sea turtle. Some people may never in this lifetime have a chance to feel what it’s like to be under the sea. If you ever have a chance to go there…my advice is don’t pass it up. Glad I went and may never get that close to sharks again. (Swimming with sharks is on my bucket list though. It scares me but I know it’s just in my head). 😉