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Thursday, October 20, 2005

SURFER ATTACKED BY SHARK IN CALIFORNIA

If a shark drags itself onto dry land and attacks someone, the shark is to blame.

But I have no sympathy for people who intentionally get into the water and get attacked by marine predators.

It's their own damn dumb fault.

In this case, Megan Halavais was attacked by a 14 foot (that is one damn big fishstick!) shark that dragged her under the water and left her with a gash running from her thigh to her calf. The shark was probably a Great White according to authorities. Now this is the best part - the beach she was surfing off of has been the site of several shark attacks in the past! She knew that sharks prowled around the area and had attacked people in the past and yet, the dumbass still got in the water.

I'm rooting for the sharks.

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Found this old "Deep Thought by Jack Handy" - had to put it in:
Contrary to what most people would say, the most dangerous animal in the world is not the lion or the tiger or even the elephant. It's a shark riding on an elephant's back, just trampling and eating everything they see.

4 comments:

Anonymous 10/20/2005 09:40:00 AM  

Never a truer word spoken.

And you know that in a few years when the wounds have healed, they'll be parading them round the nightclubs to get chix.

No sympathy.

NWJR 10/20/2005 01:47:00 PM  

That's like saying if you get murdered in Atlanta you DESERVED to die because you chose to live in one of the most violent cities in the country.

Kevin 10/20/2005 02:39:00 PM  

You're right. It's a very similar argument. Choosing to live in a concentrated urban environment does bring certain risks with it.

The difference though, is that humans are land dwelling mammals so we aren't at as much of a disadvantage on land. We're essentially helpless in the water.

If you choose to put yourself into an uncontrolled situation with great white sharks, prepare to be fish food. And don't expect much sympathy from those of us smart enough to stay away from said sharks.

Alexander 10/21/2005 04:38:00 PM  

Sorry, but that's just dumb. Yes, sharks had attacked earlier at this beach (a year ago), but there have been shark attacks at virtually every beach along the California coast. Such events remain vanishingly small, but they happen.

These folks drove 45 minutes up the coast because their first choice beach had a herd of sea lions, which sometimes attract sharks. That is, they went well out of their way to avoid sharks, even though the risk involved was minimal.

I don't think Megan blames the shark for what happened. You don't hear her out calling for a shark hunt. But I think it's pretty callous to blame her for it as well. It's just one of those things that sometimes happens.

Given the chances of shark attack, it's not even as extreme as living in Atlanta. You would have to blame anyone who entered a city for being murdered. It's not just insensitive, it's uninformed.

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