Yesterday, Santa Monica College became a war zone when a gunman killed a bunch of people because he could and to make himself feel better. When first arriving on the campus after a carjacking, he shot a homeless bag lady in the face.
Two days earlier as our weekly family tea party began, news sources were announcing that a 1300 lb. female Mako shark had been brought into the marina a mile down the street. She had been killed by sport fisherman out of Texas, and she was suspected of being the largest of her kind ever documented.
The women at the table drank Earl Grey with our coconut cake and regretted that she had lost the battle. Texas should have better representation. Our mom’s stories of her childhood there always contained accounts of courage but never brutality. JFK would visit Dallas many years later…
The successful angler said that it had been a life and death battle, and that he almost had gotten pulled in and taken down to the bottom of the sea.
Pity it ended like it did.
Aristotle wrote that Nature abhors a vacuum. More accurately, a vacuum isn’t tolerated. The Mako has been hooked and dragged from where she should swim just like the Assyrians had captured Manasseh generations ago. Now in her place something more insidious but less marvelous like Humboldt squid will begin to hunt. Their numbers have been exploding and their territory increasing because of fewer sharks, orcas, and others that have no natural threats besides humans. A couple of years ago, hundreds of these Diablos Rojas – Red Devils – washed up on the beach here. First viscous from starvation, they attacked some people before finally weakening enough to die in plain sight.
It’s not clear yet why the slayer in Santa Monica acted as he did. But something must have been out of balance in the waters that he swam.
And when there is nothing that gives us guidance, understanding, peace, and vision, eventually the devils come into the void and start to hunt.
NEXT TIME: Payback…
Image of the marvelous Mako being dragged by a pickup, courtesy of theweatherchannel.com.