The following is a draft excerpt from a chapter in my forthcoming personal biography. The passage introduces my Childhood Years.
Modern marine research crews have high-speed cameras that can capture the breaching Great White shark at 1,000 frames per second. Actual Great White breaches takes about one second, but the cameras can extend that slow motion execution of a young seal pup out to a minute’s duration. About one percent of the seal pup population ends up as meals for the Great White, but, as the season wears on, the pups learn by observation, and become more wary in open water. So, in those stunning freeze-motion shots where the seal pup has been flipped in the air, inches from the white teeth in those horrible jaws, he is probably thinking, “OK, I think I get it now. You’re eating me.”
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