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COME ON IN, THE WATER'S FINE

By Barry Cameron
February 23, 2018

In 1975, a masterfully-made, suspense-filled motion picture forever changed the way most people view swimming in the ocean. It was called JAWS and became the must-see movie of the summer. It was about a fictional town called Amity, Long Island, on the coast of New England. This small, summer resort town was being terrorized by a great white shark. Roy Scheider played Chief Brody. Richard Dreyfuss played the bearded marine biologist “Hooper,” and Robert Shaw (now deceased) played the salty fisherman “Quint.”

Musical composer John Williams came up with the most recognizable movie theme in all of motion picture history. It is only two notes (E and F), but the sound of “da-dum, da-dum, da-dum, da-dum” sent chills down the spines of millions of moviegoers and to this day brings back memories of a shark fin slicing through the ocean waves with breakneck speed. The tagline for the terrifying film that caused hysteria among so many swimmers back in the summer of ‘75 was, “Don’t go in the water.”

Ever wonder why we’re not reaching more people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

A few years back, it looked like that was about to change. Researchers in San Juan, Puerto Rico, found a substance that will work as a shark repellant. I’m not kidding. Marine biologists and others working on the project said more study was needed. However, if the stuff works it could help protect divers, swimmers, surfers, and even sharks who are declining in number due to commercial fishing nets trapping them as they are attempting to harvest other fish.

Speaking of the effect this substance has on sharks, Eric Stroud, at the time a 30-year-old chemical engineer from Oak Ridge, New Jersey, said, “You introduce this chemical, and they all leave. It works very, very well.” Researchers were hoping to make a slow-dissolving repellent for use in fishing nets and bait, to help protect oil exploration equipment, submarines, boats, divers and swimmers.

“We have something that really works,” said Samuel Gruber, a marine biologist and shark expert from the University of Miami, “but research remains.” Gruber was among those conducting tests at the Bimini Biological Field Station in the Bahamas. Tests had already proven effective on at least four different species: the Caribbean reef, nurse, lemon and blacknose sharks. Researchers were wanting to test the proposed repellent on mako, oceanic whitetip and great white sharks.

The research was first presented in May of 2004 in Norman, Oklahoma at a meeting of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. Films were shown of sharks splashing on the surface of the water as they tried to flee. Eric Stroud said a dose of four fluid ounces would be enough to scare away the hungriest of sharks. And, by adding just a few drops a minute, keeps them away for up to two hours.

You can go to the Shark Tec website today and for $39.99 order a 20 oz. Anti Shark 100 Aerosol Cannister. So what is the substance that repels these sharks and causes them to instantly flee?

DEAD SHARKS!

Ever wonder why we’re not reaching more people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

“Da-dum, da-dum, da-dum, da-dum.”

 

© 2018. Barry L. Cameron

[For further information: https://www.sharktecdefense.com/pages/product-specifications; https://www.lifehacker.com.au/2016/01/do-shark-repellents-actually-work/]

BARRY CAMERON

Senior Pastor

Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.

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