Thursday, April 12, 2007
When television was introduced in Malaysia, I was, what, 5 or 6 then? As a kid, I cannot remember much about it. But just as any kid would, I was mesmerised by the video and the sound emanating from what is now called, the Idiot Box! But back then, any family owning a television set was like, wow!
Don't really remember how many programs they had per day then. But I sure do remember several such as Dr. Kildare, Jiganto, and most especially, Jacques Costeu underwater series. I was like, totally fascinated by the oceanic life, as well as those men and women who went - literally - an ocean length to capture those creatures on film. Somehow, amongst all those creatures they managed to film, the sharks enthralled me the most. Perhaps, it was the gruesome images of the sharks feeding that did it.
As years passed, I managed to get hold of books and images of sharks, sharks, and more sharks! I was like, totally fascinated by them till, 'Jaws' appeared on the silver screen. For many years after that, I like totally terrified of it. And it certainly did not help then that, some still many years later, I was in Manila for a 2week stop-over enroute to US.
I remember it somewhat clear now as it was on the eve of Christmas; 2 ferries loaded to the brim with passengers collided of the Cebu Island, with more than 1,000 fatalities. Many who survived the collision jumped into the sea, clinging on to flotsams and debris to stay afloat. But as it was, the area was a shark-infested! And like hounds of the sea, the sharks came in great numbers, devouring the dead, and the still living; a large number of the initial survivors perished in this manner. There was a recount where a father had put his 6year old child on a flotsam large enough for a small person, before he himself was ravaged on by sharks. The entire nation was numb shocked by the news.
As it was, I was still recovering from my own trauma of an automobile accident and certain family matters. Needless to say, I was at the lowest ebb of confidence. Thus, when I boarded the plane to US some 3 days after the ferry accident, I was scared out of my wits and kept praying silently all the way through. Alhamdulillah, I survived from my personal trauma, though the accounts of my US stay was another story altogether.
Anyway, we're back in the present day, and I would like to share this video I received in an email. Its still about sharks but its nothing gross or bloody like the Texas Chain Massacre or Friday the 13th series. In fact, its a natural film shot rather accidentally by the staff of Seattle's sea aquarium. Just click on the link above and be pleasant surprised! Er...I do not mean that in a vengeful manner.
By the way, can someone kindly teach me how to add pictures to the bottom of the entry instead? Also, I need to learn how to upload wmv's and so forth; can someone teach me, please?