PORT ARTHUR —
Many things about that day will live with me forever, but most vivid is the first time I looked into a great white’s eyes. In the movie Jaws, the late actor Robert Shaw’s character talks about them having dark eyes “like a dolls eyes.” I agree.
With eyes as black and lifeless as a chunk of coal, the monster shark and I seemed to make contact, if only for a brief second. I could see no conscience or thought, just an instinctive drive to kill and survive.
The great white shark is nature at its purest and best, no matter how ugly or cruel it might seem to us.
Living in a world where we buy our meat from a market and live in air-conditioned homes, we humans sometimes lose touch with what true survival is all about. The great white shark embodies that better than any living creature I can think of.
More profoundly, it gives us a sense of humility. Even though mankind has conquered everything from polio to space travel, there are still things to which we are vulnerable; sometimes, we are not at the top of the food chain.
(To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at www.klvi.com. You can find him on Facebook at facebook.com/extremewildlife.)