Shark Attack
August 2018 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.

Shark attacks are rare. 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. An article by the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida broke down The Odds of a Shark Attack Compared to Other Risks, like biking, boating or dog attacks.

Animals are victims of stereotyping and bullying. Some animals have earned their bad reputations for surplus killings. Humans and the domestic cats they keep are among those animals that may kill for the mere practice of the sport rather than for a food source. Reunion Island Sharks are getting bad press for shark attack problems. 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.

Graphic depictions may be required to enforce the message. According to an article published by PNAS, entitled Human Development of the Ability to Learn from Bad News, educating people about danger is critical. An appreciation of the dangers of irrational risk taking develops with age. Youngsters may inadequately respond to warnings, due to the strength of competing social and emotional factors. Peer pressure and the adrenaline rush of the moment may lead to bad outcomes.

Properly informed people tend to understand risk. The potential for shark attack problems during a fun beach outing is unwanted information. The younger the individual, the harder it is to adjust behavior to avoid an unimaginable risk. A child, who has never experienced a shark attack problem, may feel invincible. A child, who has seen a film or a graphic depiction of a shark attack, may be wary. Campaigns to control careless driving, prevent smoking and avoid strangers often fall on deaf ears, until visuals are added. Sharks may not make any sound, but they do look scary.

Distracted walking is likely to kill more people than sharks. However, 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. Before sharks kill for food, they are known to make taste tests. Sharks also may kill to protect their territory. There is more to sharks than shark attack problems, but 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 tiny shark can leave a gaping hole in a body from which it takes a bite. Generally, attacks allow people time to leave the water. 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.

With shark bites, nobody dies. 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. Sharks generally do not tolerate any perceived provocation from intruders. This includes surfers in the territory of Reunion Island Sharks. Shark sightings involve close visibility, but no harm.

For fatal shark attack problems, 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 likewise. People are working together to solve the image problem created for all sharks by a relatively small number of shark attack problems.

Despite the attack history, surfing is returning to Reunion Island. Reunion Island Sharks, located off the coast of France have been climbing the world charts for the frequent, recent and aggressive nature of their attacks. According to Pizard's GURPS Miscellanea, Carcharhinid Sharks, or requiem sharks, are notorious for attacks on people. These sharks seem to have no sense of pain, and may continue their feeding frenzy when severely wounded. Little Ray's anti-bullying book for children brings good end to a shark encounter by a family of boaters. Sharks may take nips out of man-made objects, like boats and surfboards.

While shark encounters are frightening, most of them end well. 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 fearless, bold and aggressive fish. For this reason, surfing creates a greater risk of shark attack problems 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 attack problems, like Reunion Island, are likely to give warnings about this potential danger.

Safety tips for attacking sharks. 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.

Sharks create troubled waters. The United States, South Africa and Australia are at the top of the charts for shark-infested regions, shark attack problems and fatalities. The Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida published a Yearly Worldwide Shark Attack Summary. This museum is located in the same U.S. state in which Little Ray was created after a stingray sighting by V. R.  Duin.

Reunion Island Sharks were included in this Florida museum's shark attack problem summary. 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. However, 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. Little Ray hopes to bring an end to the apathy about shark killing for sport and the shark fin trade industries. Little Ray supports bans and boycotts against shark and ray products. As adults, sharks can weigh from a less than pound to many tons, depending on the species. Visit Elasmodiver's Shark Blog for Unexpected Encounters with stingrays and sharks.

Don't worry about shark attack problems. Enjoy these amazing creatures. It is mostly in books and in the movies that sharks give notice of their presence with dorsal fins showing above the water surface. The scares from these movies may have led to revenge killing of these aquatic animals. Many shark species are threatened with extinction. Size is no predictor of the scale of danger from shark attack problems. Small sharks may be more aggressive than their immense cousins. 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?

Bigger fish may be safer fish. 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 humongous fish provide no shark attack problems or biting 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.

Reunion Island Sharks

  • anti-bullying book for children Little Ray says:

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

  • Shark Attack Little Ray says:

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

    • Reunion Island SharksLittle Ray 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?