Little Ray as Shark Bait
September 2018 by V. R. Duin


Pressed against the hole in the boat,
Little Ray could keep it afloat.
And once the leak began to slow,
The engine could be checked below.
(Little Ray & Shark Patch Things Up)

Little Ray & Shark Patch Things Up brings a stingray and a shark together for a shark bait adventure with a boating family while nobody is shark fishing.

Colors may lure sharks. In Hawaii, mainlanders are called “shark bait”, suggesting pale skin attracts sharks. Sharks have excellent bright light vision. Sharks are not cold and calculating. They strike familiar-looking prey.

Fish often are colored light on the bottom and dark on the top. Sharks may be attracted by jewelry or shiny swimming suits that look like fish scales. A family was not fishing when a shark was attracted in the story.

Yellow, white, silver and highly contrasting colors seem to attract sharks. People put a lot of thought into bottom colors for boats. Colors or patterns may attract or repel fish. Curious fish may be attracted by reflective metal.

Sharks are known to chew and spit out food. This is not a sign of disordered eating. They use this system to select foods. Seals are a favorite snack. It may be wise to avoid black wet suits in areas where these animals live.

There are no forbidden foods for sharks. It is wise to stay in shallow, clear waters close to shore. Avoid swimming or wading in murky waters. Sharks are known to bite and run. They seek nutrition with the least amount of effort.

Shark fishing has a time and place. Shark bait may be bought, netted or fished on a hook and line. Sharks tend to go where food congregates. This may be close to shore or deep at sea. Sharks often hunt at night. They prefer easy prey over huge battles.

If you cannot see a shark, you might bump into it. This is never a good thing. If a shark cannot see well, it may not distinguish people from normal prey. It might take a sample bite. Do not touch a passing shark.

Be careful filming sharks. Sharks are known to rip away cameras. A hand or arm may go along for the ride. The boat may get rammed by a baited shark. A great white shark can punch holes in boats and damage shark cages.

Shark territory moves. Sharks migrate North in the summer and South in the winter. Anyone who is not shark fishing should reverse this pattern. They are less likely to meet up with a shark and become bait.

Do not block a shark's travels. The most feared of sharks can be playful and curious. An adult person looms large in the water. Aggressive sharks may attack. They eat many types of food. They do not eat a lot of people.

Sharks are scavengers. They have an odd competitor in the hagfish. It takes in food through its skin. Sharks may swallow food whole. Their food can be living, dying or dead. Sharks eat non-food items.

Sharks move their upper and lower jaws. They take big bites. Sharks that eat fish have pointed teeth. Sharks that eat seals and sea lions have razor sharp teeth. Sharks that eat shellfish and crabs have flat crushing teeth.

“Shark bait” is an expression indicating someone in a vulnerable position. Little Ray and the boating family meet this definition in the book. Shark did not abandon ship after making a hole in it.

Sharks are driven to survive. Sharks are not preoccupied with shape, weight or feelings of guilt and remorse. Sharks often maim prey to dine when it stops struggling. Sharks are opportunistic. They steal from fishing lines.

Sharks may avoid boats. The size of a boat may repel a shark. The shark in Little Ray's adventure may have been lured by activity around the boat. Churning fish may be fleeing sharks.

Sharks are attracted by erratically or splashing motions. Little Ray worried his leaps and flips and bends might have attracted the shark. The entertainment certainly took on a different tone after the shark arrived.

Sharks may associate people with bait. Sharks hang around ledges, holes, sandbars and wrecks. Shark bait dives associate people with food. These should end.

Anything can become shark bait. Among The 14 Weirdest Things Sharks Have Eaten are unhealthy things. License plates, tires and a chicken coop traveled long distances to reach sharks.

Sharks come close to shore. When you leave your craft or your beach chair to step into the water, it is safer to be in guarded areas. Guards protect swimmers. Shark fishing from shore may attract sharks.

Catch and release may kill. The time that it takes to photograph a trophy fish before release often results in an immediate or painfully slow death. Few fish can survive when their gills remain out of water.

This article is regularly updated. Beach goers and boaters must be good custodians of the world's beaches and oceans. Messes may make their way into hungry animals. Unnatural foods are hard or impossible to digest.

Shark Fishing Tests Human Skills

  • shark bait Little Ray says:

    Shark repellent sprays and electrical, magnetic or acoustic devices claim to have the opposite effect of shark bait.

  • boating family Little Ray says:

    Dorsal is a free application, available through iTunes, with real-time shark reports and alerts, so a boating family can visit or stay away.

    • Shark FishingLittle Ray says:

      If you go shark fishing, Little Ray asks you to release your catches, without taking them fully out of the water..