posted on Mar, 24 2006 @ 04:35 AM
About 15 years ago I went to visit the Portland Zoo/Aquarium in Portland, Oregon.
In one of the larger aquariums (I think its called 'Passages of the Deep') there are a variety of sharks and stingrays (which are related to
sharks). And, when I saw all the sharks swimming around their size amplified by the aquarium glass...I just started thinking about that movie
'Jaws'. I know it's wrong to think of sharks that way, that movie did a lot of damage because it made people really afraid of sharks and promoted
the hunting/killing of them. But, its a great classic scary movie, one of my favorites...so I am torn. My conscientious level towards protecting
sharks has been raised a lot since I first saw 'Jaws'. And I don't want any innocent sharkies, especially vege eating sharks to be killed just
for sport. And yet...I saw the big sharks with all their teeth and I couldn't help but say outloud...
"I am glad I am not in there with all those big sharks, I might get eaten up!"
Right away, after I made that comment, (even though my little voice was telling me don't say it) this lady who was about 18 years old, who I didn't
notice being there when I came in, was all over me. She was thin, and had on a gray knit pull down cap with a few holes in it. She had short
brownish red hair. She attacked me, and lectured me about how sharks were misunderstood victims, and how foolish I was to say such a thing, and then
she just darted off quickly...before I could say anything back!
She darted off to the left of the tank down a hallway there, I quickly took a few steps back from the tank to see where she was going, and she was
gone! She should have still been in the hallway.
I wondered if she worked at the aquarium, because she seemed to care a lot about the sharks, or if she was just visiting there like me.
About 10 years after that my husband's long lost sister from Norway (T) came to visit us in the U.S. and we thought she would like to see the
Portland Zoo/Aquarium too. So, we took her there.
When (T) saw the sharks, she exclaimed and then said almost the exact same thing I has said years earlier, about getting eaten by the sharks. Myself,
I was thinking about what happened with the lady on my visit there before, and was consciously only thinking of the sharks in a positive way as
beautiful, graceful creatures. Which they are of course. They are very necessary to keep our oceans beautiful and clean.
But (T) had made her comment, and all of a sudden the same girl with the gray knit hat was all over (T). She came out of nowhere, and was even meaner
to her, than she had been to me. She told (T) if they ate you they would have a meal for a week...(referring to T's plus size). The girl was
furious and hadn't aged or changed a bit since I had seen her 10 years earlier. I laughed, and said to Teri "She got on my case too, last time I
was here!" Then I asked the girl "Do you work here or do you just hang out here all day, waiting for someone to say something about the
Then the girl darted off down the hallway, and she just dissappeared. She was just gone! I saw her blink out that time. I left T standing there and
ran down the whole length of the hallway, and to where it turned off looking for her. I went down the hall and checked the Ladies room that was
there...she wasn't in there either.
I came back to (T) and to explain why I had left suddenly I said "I think that girl was a ghost!" (T) gave me an uneasy smile and politely said
What I had noticed about the girl was that her skin was different than the skin of living people, and I felt colder as she came closer on both
occasions. I do believe she is a ghost, but I think she is probably doing a good service, by shocking people and challenging their prejudice views
towards sharks. She may have kept some from being killed who knows?
What do you think, was she a ghost?