Who knew that fishes lived in the sea? Raise your hands please.
Ok, now allow me to have a dumb moment to myself. This dumb moment happened at Sentosa.
For those unfamiliar with Sentosa, it is a small island off Singapore and is minutes away from the mainland. Don’t let the word ‘island’ fool you though, there is nothing rustic and undeveloped about Sentosa.
ANYWAY…The beaches at Sentosa are partly man-made. It is still open to the sea but sheltered by multiple islets, creating this deep oasis of sea water. So the waters are sheltered and not as deep as the open waters on other beaches here in Singapore.
It makes me feel safer to swim and happier to frolick in the waters knowing that the sand will not just be swept away from under me. Cos you know, I’m short. Which means that I don’t usually get too far out before I can’t step on anything.
On this particular (and memorable?) day, I was happily playing in the waters by myself when I felt a tug on my finger.
And by tug, I meant BITE.
Have you ever been bitten by someone else? It’s the same feeling you get, only with sharper teeth. To this day, I can still remember the shock that I had feeling sharp teeth testing itself out on my finger.
In my shock, I jerked my finger away.
Which made me lose my footing in the water.
Thus, almost drowning myself trying to get away from these sharp teeth creatures.
And…basically made a fool of myself thrashing away in the shallows of the water trying to get out.
I literally scrambled out of the water and just stood there trying to find the culprit. Which was when I saw the fishes. Tiny, small fishes darting in and out by the shallows of the water.
And then I had THE dumb moment…”THERE ARE FISHES IN THAT WATER??”
Yes, yes…you can stop laughing now..believe me, it sounded pretty dumb to me too.
Sea means fish. Fish lives in the sea.
It’s not that I didn’t realise there were fishes, I knew that this was the sea. I was just not expecting fishes to be swimming right there in the shallow waters because I had never encountered any of them in all the times I was swimming there.
And yes, I got laughed at when I was recounting this story to my friends.
In my defense, I tell them I had so much sun that day that it fried my brains.
Have you had any dumb or nonsensical moments too? Or is it only me? Please do tell…I don’t bite 😉