Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Girl after shark attack: 'I like dolphins way better'

In the Movie JAWS, Brody and Hooper are having a discussion about why sharks do what they do....

Brody: Is it true that most people get attacked by sharks in three feet of water about ten feet from the beach?
Hooper: Yeah.
Brody: And that... and that before people started to swim for recreation - I mean before sharks knew what they were missing - that a lot of these attacks weren't reported?
Hooper: That's right.
Brody: Now this shark that... that... that swims alone...
Hooper: Rogue.
Brody: What's it called?
Hooper, Brody: [together] Rogue.
Brody: Rogue, yeah. Now this guy, he... he keeps swimmin' around in a place where the feeding is good until the food supply is gone, right?
Hooper: It's called "territoriality". It's just a theory that I happen to... agree with.
Brody: Then why don't we have one more drink and go down and cut that shark open?
Ellen Brody: Martin? Can you do that?
Brody: I can do anything; I'm the chief of police.

While I understand that sharks are only doing what they are instinctively designed to do, I can empathize with the young lady in this case....I like Dolphins way better too.

Girl after shark attack: 'I like dolphins way better'
Child airlifted to hospital after being bitten on right leg


. — A 6-year-old girl attacked by a shark was in good condition and good spirits at a North Carolina hospital Wednesday, telling her parents: "I hate sharks. I like dolphins way better."

The girl was swimming on a boogie board in very shallow water when she was bitten on the lower right leg and foot, said Cyndy Holda, spokeswoman for the National Park Service Outer Banks Group. Her parents released a statement saying the mother was 10 feet away and witnessed the event.

"Paramedics arrived promptly and she received excellent medical attention from EMS personnel, life-flight crew, and Pitt County Memorial Hospital medical staff in Greenville," the parents said in statement. "She is in good spirits, declaring this morning that, 'I hate sharks. I like dolphins way better.' "

Hyde County spokeswoman Jamie Tunnell said bystanders described the shark as having a "black tip or black fin, which is the type of sharks that have been known to be in this area."

No other swimmers were injured and area beaches remained open.

It was the first shark attack at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, a prime tourist destination that extends more than 70 miles from South Nags Head to Ocracoke Inlet, since Sept. 3, 2001, when a 28-year-old Russian visitor was killed off Avon, Holda said.

With the warmer water temperatures and time of day, shark sightings are not uncommon in the area, park rangers said.

"This time of year we have a lot of people in the water that are on vacation. We also have a very active marine fishery with bait in the water," Holda said.

According to the website Shark Attack, this is the second shark-bite incident in the waters of North Carolina in less than a month.

In late June, a shark bit a 10-year-old twice in the leg before letting go. That incident happened in about three feet of water in North Topsail, an area about 130 miles southwest of Tuesday's incident.

The site shows 15 attacks so far in the United States in 2011 by sharks, none of them deadly.

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