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” merely adds some fun impact 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. Stereotyping often leads to bullying. Animals are victims of stereotyping and bullying, too. 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.

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.

A shark attack on a human generally does not end well, particularly 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 the shark attacks. Due to a rash of attacks since 2015, measures are being taken to protect the beaches with nets, guards and occasional swimming bans to stem a corresponding slide in tourism. Places with recurring shark attacks generally warn swimmers of this potential danger.

The United States, South Africa and Australia are at the top of the charts for shark-infested regions, total attacks and fatalities. Here is an Attack Summary from the state of Florida, U.S.A., 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 jumping into the water and swimming with the sharks.


  • 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?