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(Yes, you usually see that at the end of a presentation, but I do enjoy a good pun, so…)

As a species, sharks first appeared on Earth approximately 450 million years ago. That’s more than 200 million years before the dinosaurs. When modern humans arrived about 60,000 years ago, they found the oceans full of perfect killing machines.

Even though we’ve hunted them until their populations are struggling, stories still pop up every year of some unlucky swimmer getting mauled or killed by a shark. When over one-third of the planet’s population lives within sixty miles of an ocean, it’s kind of surprising there aren’t more attacks.

My family owned a motel at the beach when I was growing up, so I swam in the ocean a lot. I’ve watched huge schools of black tipped sharks migrate along the coast. I’ve also been stung by jellyfish, pinched by crabs, pulled out by undertows, and slapped by stingrays. As soon as we put in a pool, I never went back into the salt. The sharks (and everything else) can keep it.

July 14 is Shark Awareness Day, so before you head to the beach, make sure you have one of our great shark mugs!

1. Duuuh-DUM!

I know of several groups that show Jaws to swimmers at nighttime shows. If they don’t also hire divers to scare people, what’s the point?

2. Apex

We love to think of ourselves as being at the top of the food chain, and technologically…sure. Go head to head with a shark without any gear, though, and it’s not even a contest.

3. Ocean Pit Bulls?

Friendly or not, I’d rather skip out on the affectionate biting.

4. Awe and Wonder

I’ll grant that sharks are cool, but I’ll admire them the same way as any other predator: from afar.

5. Join the Team

Love them or fear them, sharks are an important part of the food chain, so consider donating to a conservation campaign.

Sharks not your thing? We’ve got mugs for all of your favorite beach activities, such as fishing, treasure hunting, and boating! Remember, U.S. orders of two or more mugs get free shipping!