The Humor Under The Water

by Gordon Kirkland
(Bristish Columbia, Canada)

Pucker Up!

Pucker Up!

Over the last several years, my wife and I have been somewhat addicted to underwater photography. We've been to Grand Cayman, St. Kitts, St. Thomas, Belize and the BVI. In a few weeks we are heading to Barbados.

It's a great way for us to unwind from our daily lives. Diane is a financial adviser and a partner in a large firm. I am a best-selling humor writer.

My new book came out last week. It's called My Slice Of Life Is Full Of Gristle. It's a collection of over 40 humorous essays, two of which involve snorkeling. In one I talk about being forced (OK, double-dog dared) into kissing a very large southern stingray that had swum into my arms in Grand Cayman. In the other I talk about the experience of swimming alongside a 9-foot shark in Belize and having a small horse-eye jack bite my hand and draw blood... bleeding... in the water... with a 9-foot shark three feet to my right.

If you're interested, My Slice Of Life Is Full Of Gristle is available in paperback and for the Kindle.

Gordon Kirkland

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Jan 31, 2012
by: Galen & Nicole

Thanks Gordon. It looks like a fun read, and thanks for all your other contributions to the site.

Jan 31, 2012
by: Susan

That sounds like a funny book. I heard from a friend of my that the rays do swim right up to you. He sent me pictures of loads of them hanging out with his daughters. I'll have to check out your book.

Mar 28, 2014
Sting Rays in Grand Cayman
by: Wendy

Last year my husband & I snorkeled in Grand Cayman and Gordon is right, the Sting Rays kiss!

Not only that, we observed on a non-cruise day (which is rare) they came in fairly large numbers to the residential area (far from the tourists) that we like to stay. I watched as a Sting Ray made a beeline for two guys having a beer in the water. It slammed it's slithering body over them, nearly knocking them over. It was pretty funny.

But then I waded in a little waiting for my husband as he snorkeled. Even though I had witnessed the guys getting slammed, I didn't expect what happened next. A big one came up behind me and slithered up one side and then the other while I stood there screaming, "it's touching me and I don't like it!"

We think they are so used to being fed by the tourist boats that they are basically tame. There is no reason to fear them, it really is fun and funny to encounter them!

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