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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 sharks. They have excellent bright light vision and 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 that look like 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. Seals are a favorite snack. It may be wise to avoid black wet suits in areas where these animals live. It is not a good thing to bump into or touch a shark.

People get sampled. 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 may not see you.

Shark fishing is popular. Bait may be bought, netted or fished on a hook and line. Sharks go where food congregates. This may be close to shore or deep at sea. Sharks often hunt at night.

Be careful filming sharks. They are known to grab cameras. A hand or arm may go along. Boats may 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 sharks may attack. They eat many types of food. Fortunately, they do not eat a lot of people.

Sharks are scavengers. They have an odd competitor. The hagfish absorbs food through its skin. Scavenged food can be living, dying or dead. Sharks may swallow food and non-food items whole.

Sharks move their upper and lower jaws to take big bites. Sharks that eat fish have pointed teeth. Sharks that eat seals and sea lions have razor sharp teeth. Sharks that eat shellfish and crabs have flat crushing teeth.

“Shark bait” is an expression indicating 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 prey over huge battles. They do not display feelings of guilt and remorse. They often maim prey to dine when it stops struggling. Sharks are opportunistic. They steal from fishing lines.

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

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 them to digest.