Last weekend, I had the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing brunch with UCSB alumni Darcy and Lauren in LA’s exotic neighbor to the south, Long Beach. While the main focus our morning was to rekindle the friendship of yesteryear, personal health and safety was also an important part of our time together. After all, with increasing reports of strong suction-related injuries in the marina, one can never be too cautious. This is why throughout the area, one can find informative and often graphic descriptions of the potential physical danger one might endure during a relaxing stroll through the docks.
Take, for instance, this warning outside of the popular breakfast spot, “Schooner or Later”, which depicts one individual attempting to dive into the shallow marina nearby. During his traverse through the air, his arms, legs, and head have actually detached from his torso due to the strong suction in the tide. His feet and hands were so mutilated that they could not even be identified as such. A truly unfortunate event that most definitely could have been avoided if this sign were present. I suppose one alternative interpretation has the sign warning patrons to be aware of falling detached heads and their associated quartered bodies, though that notion would just be plain ridiculous.