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August 2019 by V. R. Duin

SHARK ATTACK READING FUN, ANTI-BULLYING BOOK FOR KIDS

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

Reunion Island sharks are not in 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 & Shark Patch Things Up defends sharks. It takes kids from fear to fascination. Few fish are as feared. No other fish earned a week of celebration. So, what put them 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.


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.


Clean Slate? Most encounters end well, but 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.


Troubled Waters? Elasmodiver's Shark Blog tells of Unexpected Encounters with these apex hunters. Incidents often involve Great White Sharks, Tiger Sharks and Bull Sharks. Sharks are 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 Adolf Hitler beetles. Few creatures make surplus killings. Most sacrifices are for survival.


Bold School? Fish are creatures of habit. They return to feeding areas and follow routines. Responses are automatic and instinctual. Aggression may be provoked by outside activities. Attacks may not be food-related.


No Sense of Pain? Some species perpetuate feeding frenzies long after they are injured. Pizard's GURPS Miscellanea includes Carcharhinid Sharks, or requiem sharks, among these. Anything that moves interests them.


Endomorphin Ride? Surfers may get in the way of these taste testers. They are unlikely to put up with nonsense. They regularly dine on stingrays and barracudas. Objects, like boats and surfboards don't seem to frighten them.


Surfing Lessons? Parents are prohibiting their kids from taking lessons on boards in the water. Unsettled by the shark threat, business liability and loss of business, shark lessons are becoming a thing of the past in some places.


Out of Your Depth? Splashing from 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, being ordered out of the water, staying close to shore, monitoring radio surveillance from overhead pilots and moving to shark-free pools.


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 evolved from animals eating others for survival to include people who ruthlessly pursue others for criminal acts against them or to cause them bodily harm.


Bad Press? Facts and team-building can change the woeful images and scary 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 hungry eating machines and threats 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 are blown out of proportion. Visuals may facilitate these negative associations. At PNAS, there are discussions of 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.


Shadows & Light? A dark shadow in the water a few feet away rarely gets close inspection. Viewers dash to safety, expecting a huge animal's fins to surface. Sharks are an inescapable presence on many beach-goers' minds.


Shark Summer? Books and movies typically feature tragic outcomes of deadly shark attacks. These may have led to revenge killings. People seek adventure, excitement and equip for unfair advantage to appear brave.


Tough Luck? Thrills can end poorly. Size and speed offer advantages 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 about scary sharks. They give 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.


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.


Stripe Back? Arriving sharks can be seen from shore. Sightings allow beach-goers an opportunity to exit the ocean. Shark and Little Ray work together to get stranded boaters out of the water and safely back to shore.


Ahead of the Curve? Sharks should be kept in sight. They circle and spin their bodies to approach from behind or below. Unaware victims may get sampled. Sharks often reject people as unsuitable 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.


Filling Gaps? Researchers around the world tag, monitor and report positive shark-related information and experiences. However, people continue to follow their instincts and struggle with fears of threats from prowling sharks.


Sharktivity? Non-profit AWSC, 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 and White Sharks co-exist peacefully.


Seeing without Harm. Reading about these amazing fish can be done inside or in shade. Readers don't 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? Emergency land lines are being wired into beach lifeguard shacks and bath house facilities to handle calls for urgent medical treatment or backup protective assistance in remote territories.


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.


Watchlist? CITES protects wild flora and fauna and 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.


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.


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.


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. They are threatened by gill plate harvest.


Power Play? The words to the unpredictable blitz in the following video are: “Join with the best and respect the rest. We never know how things will go.” Illustrations and ideas are from the children's book. (34 seconds)


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