Shark Attack
August 2018 by V. R. Duin

SHARK ATTACK
ANTI-BULLYING BOOK

As the strange procession neared shore
There was heard a frightened roar.
“That's no dolphin towing the craft.
Out of the water! Leave your raft!”
(“Little Ray & Shark Patch Things Up”)

Unlike Reunion Island Sharks, the “shark attack” in “Little Ray & Shark Patch Things Up” adds some fun to this anti-bullying book for children.

In defense of sharks, “Little Ray & Shark Patch Things Up” takes kids from fear to fascination, by showing the strength of collaboration between these natural enemies. Shark attacks are very rare. The Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida breaks down The Odds of a Shark Attack Compared to Other Risks, like biking, boating or dog attacks. Animals are victims of stereotyping and bullying. Reunion Island Sharks are getting bad press for shark attacks. More often than not, sharks abandon human prey after taking a small taste test. Little Ray and his shark friend make this anti-bullying book for children great fun, while providing fuel for conversation about important matters with your little one: the perils of stereotyping, the importance of team-building and much, much more.

Distracted walking may kill more people than sharks, but few fish are as feared. While about ten people in the world die from shark attacks each year, many millions of sharks are killed by people for sport and for food within that time frame. Although there is more to sharks than attacks, sharks have earned their week of celebration. Sharks have a fearsome image. Sharks give people a good reason to swim at guarded beaches and to stay out of the surf at night. A shark makes a good co-star in “Little Ray & Shark Patch Things Up”, an anti-bullying book for children. It seems a bit friendlier than the comparatively aggressive Reunion Island Sharks. These notorious sharks were named for their location at Reunion Island, a French tropical island in the Indian Ocean.

Although their teeth may be tougher and sharper, great white sharks don't bite much harder than human beings. However, sharks often have greater mass and momentum behind their movements. Sharks can weigh as much as ten times the weight of an average human. Shark sightings involve close visibility, but no harm. With shark bites, nobody dies. For fatal shark attacks, no definition is needed. Shark encounters involve contact with sporting equipment, not operators. This sets the scene for Little Ray's anti-bullying book for children. It bears keeping in mind while reading “Little Ray & Shark Patch Things Up” that a shark can catch a stingray. If a stingray and a shark can get along, people can do the same. People are working together to solve the problem with Reunion Island Sharks.

Shark attacks are rare, but Reunion Island Sharks, off the coast of France are climbing the world charts for the frequent, recent and aggressive nature of their attacks. Little Ray's anti-bullying book for children brings good end to a shark encounter. A shark attack on a human generally does not end well. Despite the attack history, surfing is returning to Reunion Island. The splashing of paddling boards out to the surf zones and falling from these boards into shark-infested areas of the water gets the attention of these fish. For this reason, surfing creates a greater risk of shark attacks than other aquatic activities. Nets can offer protection and guards can provide aid to swimmers and waders in shallow beach waters fairly quickly and easily. It is harder to protect surfers in the areas where sharks hunt. Bans may be imposed. Places with recurring shark attacks are likely to give warnings about this potential danger.

If you see a shark while swimming, stay calm and quietly leave the water. To ward off an attacking shark, try to punch or claw the fish in the eyes, the gills or the snout. Active defense is particularly effective when sharks are struck from a boat with an object, such as an oar. In Little Ray's anti-bullying book for children, active defense from the boaters proves unnecessary. Swimmers and surfers in the water should group together and stay still. The shark may swim away. If it bites, it is always best to use an object to try to scare it away, whenever possible. Divers generally carry weapons for safety. Keeping the shark in sight is important, because sharks are known to circle and make surprise attacks from behind or from below. An unaware victim is easy prey to a shark attack. Because sharks need their predatory energy for mating and reproduction, they avoid catches that present complicated struggles. Reunion Island Sharks are no exception.

The United States, South Africa and Australia are at the top of the charts for shark-infested regions, total shark attacks and fatalities. Here is a Yearly Worldwide Shark Attack Summary, also from the Florida Museum, located in the same U.S. state in which Little Ray was created. Reunion Island Sharks are included on this list. Once you've read “Little Ray & Shark Patch Things Up”, an anti-bullying book for children, you'll have new insights about sharks. You'll enjoy Little Ray's reaction to shark-infested water and his efforts to keep his friends from accidentally swimming with a shark. As is true of people, sharks are creatures of habit. They tend to revisit successful feeding areas. They perform routine activities and react to events with automatic responses. These behaviors are learned and may result from routine stimulation rather than be motivated by goal orientation.

Not all sharks are dangerous to people, but Reunion Island Sharks have frightening reputations. The most aggressive sharks are considered to be the Great White Shark, the Tiger Shark and the Bull Shark. Little Ray's anti-bullying book for children shows some of the diversity among stingrays and sharks. As adults, sharks can weigh from a less than pound to many tons, depending on the species. It is mostly in books and in the movies that sharks give notice of their presence with dorsal fins showing above the water surface. Moreover, size is no predictor of the scale of danger from shark attacks. The differences among stingrays and sharks make it hard for these family members to get along. Curiously, some sharks eat plants and grasses. Stingrays are strict carnivores. Whoever would have guessed?

Thailand is the place to see mega-sized freshwater stingrays and whale sharks. Considered the largest fish in the world, whale sharks are huge. Unlike Reunion Island Sharks, these behemoths provide no shark attack risks for humans. They have teeth, but these are not used for eating. To eat enough of its microscopic food to survive, the whale shark does not passively filter food. It pumps food into its mouth. These gigantic sharks dwarf humans in size, but they eat plankton. Manta rays use sucking parts in their mouths to filter plankton and other food particles from the water while swimming. Manta rays do not have teeth. Unlike stingrays, the mouth of a manta is in front of its body, like that of a whale shark. Nobody knows how many giant oceanic manta rays remain in the wild. Similar to the whale shark, manta rays are grand in size. In Little Ray's anti-bullying book for children, stingrays and sharks are presented in a positive light.

Anti-Bullying Sharks

  • anti-bullying book for children admin says:

    The shark in this anti-bullying book for children does bite things, but never people.

  • Shark Attack admin says:

    Sharks have a shark attack image problem, but images can be fixed with facts, team-building and efforts to stop stereotyping.

    • Reunion Island Sharksadmin says:

      Distracted by “Reunion Island Sharks,” did you notice the shark in Little Ray' story is a bull shark that can swim in fresh water?