Shark Attack
August 2018 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”)

The sharks in Reunion Island do not bring the shark attack reading fun to Little Ray & Shark Patch Things Up, but this anti-bullying book for children may help the Reunion Island shark problem.

Shark attacks are rare. Little Ray & Shark Patch Things Up was written in defense of sharks everywhere. The shark attack reading fun in this book takes kids from fear to fascination. It shows the strength of teamwork among these natural enemies. The sharks in Reunion Island off the coast of France, are no match for the many other dangers in the world. These famous sharks were named for the Reunion Island shark problem caused by shark populations at a French tropical island in the Indian Ocean. An article by the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida breaks down The Odds of a Shark Attack Compared to Other Risks, like biking, boating or dog attacks.

Animals are victims of stereotyping and bullying. Some animals have earned their bad reputations for killings. Humans and the domestic cats they keep are among animals that kill for sport. Killing by most animals is done for food. The Reunion Island shark problem is giving bad press to sharks everywhere. After taking a small taste test, sharks leave humans alone. People are not among their favorite foods. It is important to keep a shark in sight. Sharks are known to circle so they can make surprise attacks from behind or from below. An unaware person is easy bait for an attacking shark. Little Ray and his shark friend turn a circling shark into reading fun. It also is an anti-bullying book for children. The video below also gives fuel for conversation about important matters with your little one: the problems with stereotyping, the importance of team-building and much, much more.

News may make the Reunion Island shark problem worse. According to an article published by PNAS, entitled Human Development of the Ability to Learn from Bad News, it is important to teach people about danger. Pictures can drive lessons home. However the Reunion Island problem with sharks may be blown out of size. As a result of some bad news, sharks everywhere are under attack. An understanding of the dangers in taking risks comes with age and experience. Children may not listen to warnings about dangers they don't feel. They may want adventure and something exciting to post online. On social media, they may want to look brave and strong. Peer pressure may cause the thrill of the moment to end badly.

Informed people understand risk. However, it is not fun to read about scary shark attacks during beach outings. This shark attack problem is turned around by Little Ray and his shark friend in Little Ray & Shark Patch Things Up. This anti-bullying book for children and the video below give important information. Information can help to change bad behaviors. The younger the child, the less experience, opinion and outside pressure are in place. Danger may not seem real. A child, who has never seen the sharks in Reunion Island, may feel no fear. A child, who has seen a film or a picture of a shark attack death or injury, may not want to get near the water. Words often get ignored. When pictures and sound are added, things can change. Sharks may not make any sound, but they do look scary. Little Ray and his shark friend want people to be safe.

Most shark encounters end well. Sharks cause few deaths. Distracted walking may kill more people than sharks. However, few fish are as feared. About ten people in the world die from shark attacks each year. Within that time, many millions of sharks are killed by people for sport, for food and by accidental netting. Before sharks kill for food, they are known to take taste tests. Sharks may kill to protect their home. There is more to sharks than the Reunion Island shark problem. Some sharks have earned their week of celebration. It is time to fix their bad image caused by a few sharks for the rest of them. Little Ray and his shark friend come together in Little Ray & Shark Patch Things Up. They help to shed a friendlier light on sharks. It also makes for good reading fun.

Sharks have a scary image. The Reunion Island shark problem gives people a good reason to swim at guarded beaches and to stay out of the water at night. If it takes a bite, even a tiny shark can leave a huge hole in a person. When a shark arrives, there is time for people time to leave the water. Sharks usually can be seen from shore. A shark makes a good co-star in Little Ray & Shark Patch Things Up. The shark in Little Ray's anti-bullying book for children seems friendly. It is not like the bold and dangerous Reunion Island surfing sharks. Little Ray's shark attack reading fun gets boating friends out of the water. Little Ray and shark get them back to shore after their boat engine dies.

With shark bites, nobody dies. Their teeth may be tougher and sharper, but great white sharks don't bite much harder than people. Bigger size puts more power behind shark bites. Sharks can weigh as much as ten times the weight of an average person. Sharks are not likely to up with any nonsense from anyone. This includes surfers in the home of the Reunion Island surfing sharks. Shark sightings involve seeing a shark up close, but no harm. Little Ray and his shark friend bring shark attack reading fun to children in an adventure story. They don't have to face sun damage at a beach or on a boat to learn about rays and sharks. There is no need to wear sunscreen, special clothing or sunglasses for protection from UV light. Children safely can read this book inside or in the shade.

No definition is needed for deadly shark attacks. Shark encounters mean there is contact with sporting equipment. The people are not touched. A shark encounter sets the scene for the reading fun in Little Ray's anti-bullying book for children. While reading Little Ray & Shark Patch Things Up, keep in mind that a shark can catch a stingray. If a stingray and a shark can get along, people can do the same. People have started working together to solve the image problem of sharks. All shark populations should not be blamed for the small number of sharks behind the Reunion Island shark problem. It is common for sharks to taste test things, like boats and surfboards. Sometimes, a surfer does get in the way of sharks.

Surfing is returning to Reunion Island. The Reunion Island surfing sharks were climbing the world charts for the frequent and nasty nature of their attacks. According to Pizard's GURPS Miscellanea, Carcharhinid Sharks, or requiem sharks, are known for attacks on people. These sharks seem to have no sense of pain. They may continue their feeding frenzy even when they are injured. Little Ray's anti-bullying book for children brings a good ending to a shark encounter by a family of boaters. In Little Ray's shark attack book, his shark friend only takes nips out of man-made objects.

Surfing seems to attract sharks. The splashing from paddling surf boards to surfing areas may interest sharks. Falls from these boards into shark-infested waters also get the attention of these fearless and bold fish. For this reason, surfing has a greater risk of shark attack problems than other water sports. Nets can offer low-cost safety near the beach. Divers carry weapons for safety. Guards can quickly help swimmers and waders in shallow beach waters. It is harder to protect surfers in the areas where sharks hunt. Bans get posted. Places with shark attack problems, like Reunion Island, warn about this possible danger. Little Ray's shark attack reading fun takes these warnings to a deeper understanding.

Safety tips for attacking sharks. If you see a shark while swimming, stay calm and leave the water. Swimmers and surfers in the water should group together and stay still. The shark may swim away. To ward off an attacking shark, try to punch or claw the fish in the eyes, the gills or the snout. If it tries to bite, it is best to use an object to try to scare it away. Sharks leave catches that put up fights. In Little Ray's anti-bullying book for children, defense by the boaters is not necessary. Little Ray's shark friend is not like the sharks in Reunion Island. However, this shark does create a stir for beach goers. As this shark pulls close to shore, people hurry to get out of the water. All beach goers can learn something new from the facts and the fun in Little Ray's stories and in the video on this page.

Sharks are in troubled waters. The United States, South Africa and Australia are at the top of the charts for shark-infested regions, shark attack problems and deaths. The Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida published a Yearly Worldwide Shark Attack Summary. This museum is located in the U.S. state where Little Ray's stories were written. V. R.  Duin lives there. The tale of “Little Ray & Shark Patch Things Up” brings good shark attack reading fun to children and adults. Little Ray's anti-bullying book for children may help people fix the shark attack image problems of sharks in Reunion Island and elsewhere.

The Reunion Island shark problem is listed in the Florida museum's shark attack summary. Little Ray & Shark Patch Things Up adds facts and adventure. This book for children is sure to give friends a new point of view about sharks. Children can learn a lot from Little Ray's adventure with a circling shark. Th is young stingray's tries to keep his boating friends from accidentally swimming with the shark. As is true of people, sharks are creatures of habit. Sharks return to successful feeding areas. They perform routine activities. They make automatic responses. Some behaviors may be learned. Many attacks are pushed by outside activities. Attacks may not be inside goals. Little Ray wants friends to understand and respect sharks.

Not all sharks are dangerous to people. However, the sharks in Reunion Island have frightening shark attack reputations. The most dangerous sharks are considered to be the Great White Shark, the Tiger Shark and the Bull Shark. Little Ray's shark attack reading fun in his anti-bullying book for children shows some of the differences between stingrays and sharks. Little Ray hopes to bring an end to the lack of caring about sharks. People in the know can help stop the mass shark killings for sport and for the shark fin trade industries. Little Ray supports bans and boycotts against shark and ray products. As adults, sharks can weigh from a less than pound to many tons, depending on the species. Visit Elasmodiver's Shark Blog for Unexpected Encounters with stingrays and sharks.

Don't focus on the Reunion Island shark problem. Enjoy every interesting fact and the the fun of these amazing creatures. It is mostly in books and in the movies that sharks give notice of their presence with dorsal fins showing above the water surface. The scares from these movies may have led to revenge killing of these important aquatic animals. Many shark species are threatened with extinction. Size gives no clue about the scale of danger from any shark attack problem. Small sharks may be more dangerous than their huge cousins. The differences among stingrays and sharks make it hard for these family members to get along. Curiously, some sharks eat plants and grasses. Stingrays are strict carnivores. Whoever would have guessed?

Bigger fish may be safer fish. Thailand is the place to see mega-sized freshwater stingrays and whale sharks. Considered the largest fish in the world, whale sharks are huge. Unlike the sharks in Reunion Island, these humongous fish provide no shark attack problems or biting risks for humans. They have teeth, but these are not used for eating. To eat enough of its microscopic food to survive, the whale shark does not only filter food. It pumps food into its mouth. While making reading fun in this anti-bullying book for children, Little Ray raises interest in sharks and stingrays. He brings out the good facts and the good fun that come with these amazing animals.

The Manta Ray is a Shy Ray. These gigantic sharks dwarf humans in size, but they eat plankton. Like whale sharks, Giant Mantas use sucking parts in their mouths to filter plankton and other food particles from the water while swimming. Manta rays do not have teeth. Unlike stingrays, the mouth of a manta is in front of its body, like that of a whale shark. Nobody knows how many giant oceanic manta rays remain in the wild. Like the whale shark, manta rays are grand in size. Neither of these huge fish will attack a person. In Little Ray's anti-bullying book for children, stingrays and sharks are shown in a good light. Shark attack reading fun should lessen any fears that come with sharks anywhere.

It may be time to print Little Ray & Shark Patch Things Up in French for the beach goers at Reunion Island. The shark in the book and in the video on this page hold important lessons. These lessons may help solve the fears of all sharks. The scary Reunion Island shark problem. is caused by a few members of the shark population. The words to this video remind all of us to: Join with the best and respect the rest. We never know how things will go. The words in the video do not come from Little Ray & Shark Patch Things Up. Illustrations and ideas are from that shark and stingray story for children.

The story of Little Ray & Shark Patch Things Up begins with Little Ray playing in the water, while his boating friends delight in watching his antics from their boat. When a circling bull shark mistakes the commotion for a yummy lunch, it sets off a chain of frightening events. The adventure ends with the most unlikely friendship on the seven seas. Little Ray and this new shark friend show children that teamwork is helpful. Bullying is not good for people or animals. This stingray and shark adventure, from Little Ray Children's Books, shows help can come from unexpected places. (34 seconds)


Can Little Ray help the Reunion Island shark problem?

  • anti-bullying book for children Little Ray says:

    The shark in this anti-bullying book for children may bite things, but it won't offend people.

  • Reunion Island Shark Problem Little Ray says:

    The sharks in Reunion Island have an image problem, but images can be fixed with facts, team-building and efforts to stop stereotyping.

    • Shark Attack Reading FunLittle Ray says:

      Distracted by fears of a shark attack, did anyone notice the shark in Little Ray' story is a bull shark that can swim in fresh water?