Shark Attack
August 2017 by V. R. Duin


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 offering a bit of insight and 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 spit out their human victims after making a 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 aggressive Reunion Island Sharks. These 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. A shark attack on a human generally does not end well. Despite the attack history, surfing is returning to Reunion Island. The splashing that comes with paddling boards out to the surf zones and with falling from these boards into this shark-infested area of the water 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. 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. Sharks seem to save their predatory energy for mating and reproduction, which may present complicated struggles.

Sharks are creatures of habit. They tend to revisit successful feeding areas. 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.

Not all sharks are dangerous to people, but sharks have frightening reputations. The most aggressive sharks are considered to be the Great White Shark, the Tiger Shark and the Bull Shark. There is a lot of 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 sharks. 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. These behemoths are not dangerous. 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.

Shark Attack Comments

  • 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?