Ep. 166: Surviving the Shark Filled Sea

Surviving the Shark Filled Sea

As an adult, I realized I had an irrational fear of sharks.  Given that I grew up in rural Illinois with the nearest shark about 3000 miles away, this fear didn’t make sense to me.  I went through my childhood memories, and found the source of this fear:  A Reader’s Digest article recounting the survival story on one Walter Wyatt, Jr.  In this story, Walter fights off three sharks while waiting to be rescued, with only a leaky life vest to keep him afloat.  *Spoiler Alert* When you read this story at nine years old, you will develop a life long phobia.

Listen as Walter and I discuss the details of this ill-fated flight, including his waterlogged flares, failing engine, and broken compass.  Plus I try to connect his story to the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle.

Articles We Talked About

Original Reader’s Digest Article
The Sun Article on Walter’s Ordeal
Bull Shark in Alton, Illinois
Walter Wyatt Jr.’s Plane Found as an Artificial Reef
Love@aol.com Article