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. Stereotyping often leads to bullying. Animals are victims of stereotyping and bullying, too. Reunion Island Sharks are getting bad press for shark attacks. 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, thanks to their 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.

Although their teeth may be tougher and sharper, great white sharks don't bite much harder than human beings. 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.

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, giving a shark a hard blow to the snout with an elbow, foot or fist, or clawing at its gills or eyes can scare the shark away. However, it is always best to use an object 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. An unaware victim is easy prey to a shark attack.

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 the shark attacks. A shark attack on a human generally does not end well. Despite the recent attack history, Surfing Returns to Reunion Island. Due to a rash of attacks since 2015, measures were taken to protect the beaches with nets, guards and occasional swimming bans. To avoid the corresponding slide in tourism, places with recurring shark attacks generally warn swimmers of this potential danger.

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 from Florida, U.S.A., the state in which Little Ray was created. 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 also enjoy Little Ray's reaction to shark-infested water and his efforts to keep his friends from accidentally swimming with a shark.

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?