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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 them. Their excellent bright light vision leads them to 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 with the appearance of fish scales. A family was not fishing when a shark was lured to the boat.

Yellow, white, silver and highly contrasting colors seem to entice sharks. People put a lot of thought into bottom colors for boats. Colors or patterns may attract or repel fish. Reflective metal may interest them.

Sharks may spit out food. They use this system to select foods. It is not a good thing to bump into or touch a shark. Angry specimens can pulverize perceived enemies with harrowing speed and force.

People get sampled by curious sharks. It is wise to stay in shallow, clear waters close to shore. Avoid swimming or wading in murky waters. If you cannot see a shark, it probably cannot see you.

Sharks come close to shore. When you leave your craft or your beach chair to step into the water, it is safer to stay in guarded areas. Fishing from beaches may attract them. They go where food congregates.

Shark fishing is popular. Bait may be bought, netted or fished on hook and line. Bonita, mackerel, mullet and similar fatty fish are common baits. Boaters “chum” for sharks by tossing fish parts overboard to lure them.

Take care filming these apex hunters. They are known to grab cameras. A hand or arm may go along. Boats get rammed by incited sharks. Great White Sharks 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. An adult person looms large in the water. Aggressive species may launch territorial attacks. They eat many types of food. Fortunately, they do not eat many people.

Sharks actively hunt at night. These opportunistic feeders also serve as scavengers. Scavenged food can be dying, decaying flesh of dead animals or refuse. They swallow food and non-food items whole or gnash them to bits.

Sharks move upper and lower jaws to take big bites. Fish-eating species have pointed teeth. Shellfish and crab-eating species have flat crushing teeth. Species that eat seals and sea lions have razor sharp teeth.

Beware in seal territory. Large sharks savor these blubbery meal-sized marine mammals. A shark may mistake a swimmer or surfer in a black wet suit. To look like a seal, may meet up with dire consequences for the wearer.

“Shark bait” is an expression describing 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 prefer easy meals over huge battles. They display no guilt or remorse. They often maim prey to dine after it stops struggling. Sharks may steal catches from fishing lines.

Sharks often avoid boats. Immense size repels them. Dorsal is a free application, available through iTunes. It gives real-time shark reports and alerts. Boaters can visit shark populations or avoid them.

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

People often show up with bait. Sharks hang around ledges, holes, sandbars and wrecks. Shark bait dives associate people with food. These controversial business activities should end.

Anything can become shark bait. Shark Sider tells The 14 Weirdest Things Sharks Have Eaten. Things like license plates, tires and a chicken coop may have traveled long distances to reach them.

Beach goers and boaters must be good custodians. Messes make their way into hungry residents of the world's beaches and oceans. Unnatural foods are hard or impossible for these bold predators to digest.