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)
Reunion Island Sharks
No Reunion Island sharks grace the shark attack reading fun of Little Ray & Shark Patch Things Up. This anti-bullying book for kids may help solve the Reunion Island shark problem.
Relentless Attacks? Little Ray's shark encounter takes kid and adults from fear to fascination. Few fish are as feared. No other fish enjoys a week of celebration. So, what put this power-house commander under assault?
Basic Instinct? Tourism suffers with incursions. Guards rescue swimmers and waders near shore. Safeguarding surfers in deep wave spots is hard. Swimming bans and signs, detection tools and expert spotters give warning.
Ahead of the Curve? Sharks must be kept in sight. They circle and spin their bodies to approach from behind or below. Unaware victims risk being sampled. Sharks seem to reject bony humans as unpalatable foodstuff.
Path Forward? Calmly leave the water or form a tight group. Hitting an advancing shark with an object or punching it in the eyes, gills or snout may deter further onslaught. Lacerations may result from sharkskin contact.
Raft Shark Bait? Bites make headlines. Shark bait operations and games often feature rafts. Chomping through them is easy shark game play. Little Ray's beach-goers cast away clumsy rafts to dodge for beach safety.
Clean Slate? Most encounters end well. However, millions of sharks die for the ten or so people they kill yearly. Mass shark killings for sport and the fin trade threaten entire species of this fish family with extinction.
Swim Little Fishy? Jumping into the water may attract inquisitive fish. Most ocean-goers fear lethal bites from potential killers. Comfortably on top of the food chain, sharks project no sense of reciprocal danger.
Global Warming? Increasingly warm water temperatures may be attracting fearsome carnivores to popular recreational ocean spots. Friendly-to-shark biologists make it known some sharks can pose threats to human beings.
Troubled Waters? Encounters involve contact with sport equipment. People are untouched. Incidents often involve Great White Sharks, Tiger Sharks and Bull Sharks. Sharks get depicted as huge mouths with sharp teeth.
Line of Duty? Their teeth may be tougher and sharper, but their grip on people rarely is persistent. Reunion Island surfing sharks gained infamy for their frequent, vicious aggression. Economic fallout followed.
Fired Up? The United States, South Africa and Australia top shark-problem charts. Florida Museum of Natural History at University of Florida publishes a Yearly Worldwide Shark Attack Summary. Reunion Island is listed.
Reunion Island Shark Problem
Moving Beyond a Name? Animals named for places and people get stereotyped. Fanatics annihilate Reunion Island sharks and benign Adolf Hitler beetles. Few wild animals do surplus killing. Sacrifice is for survival.
Endomorphin Ride? Surfers may get in the way of these taste testers. Sharks seldom put up with nonsense. They regularly dine on stingrays and barracudas. Objects, like boats and surfboards, don't seem to frighten them.
Surfing Lessons? Many parents prohibit their kids from taking lessons on boards in the water. Unsettled by scary shark potential, business liability and loss of business, surfing lessons may go away in some places.
Out of Your Depth? Splashing while paddling surf boards to surfing areas and falls into shark-infested waters invite shark problems. Fortunately, these bold animals of prey may not waste energy on troublesome catches.
Standard Protocol? People are growing accustomed to shark-emblazoned flags, orders to exit the water, staying close to shore, monitoring radio surveillance from overhead pilots and moving to shark-free inland pools.
Over Your Head? Hardy adventurers in deep waters far from shore face particular danger. With no board for protection, these recreational swimmers invite bites or worse harm from the seemingly ever-present sharks.
Inside Knowledge? Sharks in Reunion Island are rated. The Florida Museum of Natural History breaks down The Odds of a Shark Attack Compared to Other Risks. Isolated events make Shark Bait of all sharks.
Anti-Bullying Book for Children
Combat Zone? Predator has taken on bad meaning. The word defined beasts eating others for survival. It expanded to include human criminal pursuit of others for bad acts against them or to cause them bodily harm.
Connivers? The definition of a shark as carnivorous fish also extends to include deceptive swindlers, cheats and con artists. Beyond deceiving others, it also is slang for skilled confidence operators in the practice of law.
Whoa or Woah? Facts and team-building can change the woeful images and fierce reputations of sharks. Stingrays are perilous when someone grabs, blocks or steps on them. No excuses are accorded for predatory behaviors.
Sharks as Bullies? Popular culture portrays them as crazed eating-machine hazards in comics, films, games, literature, television shows and videos. Sports teams use this namesake for powerful image and notable victories.
Directors: Cut! Problems with a few specimens get blown out of proportion. Visuals may facilitate these negative associations. PNAS presents discussions about Human Development of the Ability to Learn from Bad News.
Feel Invincible? A child, who has never seen sharks, may feel no fear or danger. A child, who has seen a film or a picture of a shark-induced death or injury, may not want to go near the ocean. Adults may avoid hot-spots.
Shark Summer? Books and movies typically feature tragic outcomes from deadly shark attacks. These may have led to revenge killings. People seek adventure and excitement to appear brave. They equip for unfair advantage.
Tough Luck? Thrills can end poorly. Size and speed reign supreme in battles. Sharks are the world's largest predatory fish. Mass puts greater energy behind their jaws. They can weigh ten times the weight of a person.
Little Ray Shark Attack Reading Fun
Masters of Suspense? It is not fun to read shark attack fallout. It gives people good reasons to swim at guarded beaches and stay out of the water at dawn, dusk or night. Perhaps, it is time to print Little Ray's books in French.
Shadows & Light? A nearby, dark shadow in the water hardly ever gets scrutiny. Viewers dash to safety, expecting a huge animal's fins to surface. Sharks have an inescapable presence on many beach-goers' minds.
Spine-Chilling? The goblin shark, the demon catshark, the frilled shark and the humongous blunt nose six-gill shark are rarely-seen menaces of the deep. They deserve acknowledgment for their punishing combat capabilities.
Study in Design? Large fish may be safer. Adult sharks weigh from under one pound to many tons. Thailand is home to mega-sized rays and sharks. Whale sharks are the world's largest fish. They do not bite.
At Ease? Giant Manta Rays dwarf humans. Instead of teeth, they filter food particles with sucking parts. No count is available for giant oceanic manta rays remaining in the wild. Rampant gill plate harvest threatens them.
Stripe Back? Arriving sharks can be seen from shore. Sightings allow beach-goers an opportunity to exit the ocean. Little Ray and a shark work together to get stranded boaters out of the water and safely back to shore.
Rocking the Boat? Encounters involve contact with sport equipment. People are untouched. Little Ray's friend takes nips from objects. The unexpected experience proves natural enemies can coexist. People must change.
Seeing without Harm. Shark readers freely venture across the big blue sea. They don't even face sun damage. There is no need to slather on UV ray sunscreen or wear protective clothing and glasses for book sightings.
Help the Reunion Island Shark Problem
Beyond the Pale? Nets offer low-cost control. Electric, acoustical and magnetic repellents may be ineffective. Shark exclusion barriers bulwark swimmers in small areas. Scuba divers use cages and weapons for protection.
Spotty Cell Service? Many beach lifeguard shacks and bath house facilities in remote territories have emergency land lines. These facilitate calls for urgent medical treatment and to summon backup protective assistance.
The Shift? No-kill drum-line trials are under way. The goal is to lure, capture, tag and move this predator to unpopulated areas. Previous drum lines were not monitored. Baited catches died when hooked in traditional traps.
Filling Gaps? Researchers around the world tag, monitor and report uplifting shark-related information and experiences. People continue to follow their instincts. They struggle against fears of threats from prowling sharks.
Police State? Officers in Massachusetts prohibit swimming off Cape Cod beaches. Unprecedented numbers of large sharks present potential hazards. Their bite can leave a wide imprint or result in loss of limbs.
Sharktivity? The AWSC Non-profit, Massachusetts DMF, CCNS of the U. S. NPS and officials from Cape Cod and South Shore towns developed this app to track local sightings and help people co-exist peacefully with sharks.
Chill? AWSC stresses the rarity of attacks. It endeavors to raise awareness about these magnificent and misunderstood fish. Their interactive exhibits, videos, displays and virtual reality experiences also promote conservation.
Watchlist? CITES protects wild flora and fauna. It calls for increased shark and ray policing. It holds World Wildlife Day for global public awareness. Human-shark encounters are spurring governments and individuals to action.
Power Play? The transcript to the unpredictable blitz in the following video reads: “Join with the best and respect the rest. We never know how things will go.” Illustrations and ideas are from the ray and shark book. (34 seconds)