14 January 2008

power animal

"Eyes closed, we imagined our pain as a ball of white healing light floating around our feet and rising to our knees, our waist, our chest. Our chakras opening. The heart chakra. The head chakra. Chloe talked us into caves where we meet our power animal."

Mine is a shark.

The graceful king of the ocean, boasting an extra two senses beyond our five. And, how many animals have been so barely touched by evolution? Not many have been designed so flawlessly. The shark is a symbol of strength, grace, and beauty all the while misunderstood, thus feared.

Today, I got up close and personal with a quite a few powerful animals at Mote Marine in Sarasota. The laboratory also introduced me to other stupendous sea creatures such as this friendly turtle:

In an attempt to better understand the dangers facing our ocean friends, Matt and I got into character in a shrimp net.

And, I also almost went swimming...

It was fun to sea all my favorite animals. If you ever find yourself in Sarasota, I strongly suggest a visit.
Oh, and the quote at the top... Chuck Palahniuk from "Fight Club". If you ever find yourself in a book store, I strongly suggest that too.


Leila said...

I LOVE MOTE MARINE! Jason and I have been there tons of times! It's the only aquarium that I know of that has Manatee's! It's free for military, but we always donate what it would have cost for us to go.

Kenneth D. Nance said...

Really cool. Have you seen the documentary on the guy who tames great whites in the open sea? He swims with them with no protective equipment and pets them.