According to a story from CNN, a woman was killed by an apparent shark attack off the coast of Maine yesterday.

The woman was swimming off of Bailey Island in Casco Bay in Harpswell.  Two kayakers were able to help the woman back to shore where she was pronounced dead from an apparent shark attack.

From living in New England my whole life, I know that shark attacks in Maine are rare.  That doesn't erase this news that will surely be in my head the next time I dive in the water.  Of course, you can't blame the shark.  They are animals and humans are a food source for them.  The question that I will be asking myself is, is the feeling of swimming in the Atlantic, gazing in to the horizon and making everything right with the world worth the slight chance of a shark attack?  My answer is yes.

There is no feeling in the world that can compare to a swim in the ocean.  If you have never done it before, and I know life long New Englanders that never have, I highly recommend it.  It is the only place on Earth that is beyond words to describe.  When I am floating in the ocean, looking at the horizon, I feel so small, yet so part of all creation.  It's a really weird and wonderful feeling that I am not willing to give up.

The name of the woman has not been released, however, if she is a frequent swimmer in the ocean, I would bet she felt the same way.


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