The Family (Or most of them)

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May 10, 2008

Ocean Oddities and Other Outlandishness


Diving pelican slams into swimmer's face in Gulf off Florida

TREASURE ISLAND, Fla. (AP) — A swimmer is recovering after a pelican apparently diving for fish slammed into her face off Florida.
Debbie Shoemaker of Toledo, Ohio, was in the water Thursday near St. Petersburg when the pelican's beak opened a gash in her face. She needed 20 stitches. The bird died.
The chief of the St. Petersburg Fire Department says he never heard of a diving pelican colliding with anyone.
An expert surmises the bird was diving for fish and hit Shoemaker by accident.
The 50-year-old woman returned home Friday.


What close encounters and other misadventures have YOU had in an ocean?


  1. My swimsuit fell off.

  2. Must have been the undertow, eh? Bikini or one-piece?

  3. Hi WW,
    I've had a few run ins with jellyfish and bluebottles or blueies as they are affectionally known.

    The jellyfish stings were dreadful. Luckily the bluebottles just missed me.

  4. The ocean is my friend, and has never done anything particularly nasty to me! I do recall the first time we took our old labrador, Ebony, to the beach... she managed to trip over a small wave.

  5. I had a large Barracuda follow me while I was snorkling in an underwater Park in Cozumel.
    It was quite unnerving..
    as I deliberatly and slowly zigged and zagged it stayed exactly 10 feet below me until I was about 50 feet from shore.
    It was prolly attracted by the shiny reflection of my watch..duh.

    It reminded me of a huge Muskie that 'lived' under our dock at Lake Of The Woods that would just stare at you and reluctantly saunter off if you swam within five feet of it..prolly high from all of the gas from the boats?

    It was a bit freaky because it had a huge mouth full of teeth that lazily opened and they have been known to bite people.


  6. Please tell me that the picture of that swimmer on the beach is fake. Please?

  7. Andrew:

    I've never been stung by a jellyfish, but I understand it can be fatal.

    Bluebottles...aren't they a species of dolphin or porpoise?


    So Ebony was a bit of a klutz then?


    I know all these stories, you've told me a million times.

    And you know I never follow your links...but thanks anyway!


    Sorry, girl, but I think that is a real pic of a real-live person...I THINK.

  8. Sorry, Anna, that person is very dead. No bleeding from that kind of a wound means there is no blood left to bleed out. And from the colour.... yup, very unfortunate but also very dead. (Sorry, that is the analytical nurse in me....)

  9. Just imagining the moments leading up to that person's death has me sobbing.


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