Sharks bite two on barrier island bea...

Sharks bite two on barrier island beaches

There are 19 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Apr 1, 2007, titled Sharks bite two on barrier island beaches. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

A 9-year-old boy and a 30-year-old surfer were apparently bitten by sharks in separate attacks on nearby barrier island beaches, authorities said.

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capt ben marler

AOL

#1 Apr 1, 2007
I am a retired Captain who operated large recreational deep sea fishing vessels in Destin. Here are some suggestions to prevent shark bite. Never swim at night, or in dirty water as sharks can not identify you as a human. Wading with fish on a string line is like walking through a drug area waving money. use a cooler with ice in a tube it can keep your drink cool too. Women on their periods should stay out of the water, blood is blood. Anytime fish are feeding in schools near shore get out of the water, this activity will attract sharks from a great distance. Never handle sharks even when they appear dead, sometimes they aren't.
The shark that nearly took my dad's life was only about 3 feet long. It opened a huge wound from his left hand when he tried to release it from a seine. Don't kill them as they are God's vultures and keep our beaches clean. Respect but do not fear them as fear can freeze you. Finally, thank the Lord for Him telling them to not eat us. If He had we would be missing folks daily.
CherokeeQualla

AOL

#2 Apr 1, 2007
One hundred percent effective method for avoiding shark attacks:

Never leave Des Moines, Iowa.
lou

Gainesville, FL

#3 Apr 1, 2007
capt ben marler wrote:
Women on their periods should stay out of the water, blood is blood.
This is unproven and is pretty much a myth.
THREE DEGREES

United States

#4 Apr 1, 2007
OH MY GOD! WOMEN ON THEIR PERIODS SHOULD STAY OUT OF THE WATER?

DON'T FORGET THE OTHER "SAGE" ADVICE: DON'T SIT ON A PUBLIC TOILET SEAT BECAUSE YOU MAY BECOME PREGNANT.

GEEZ, LOUISE! THIS IS THE 21T CENTURY. GET WITH IT, CAPT. BEN!!!
THREE DEGREES

United States

#5 Apr 1, 2007
OH-- I GET IT. APRIL FOOLS. YA GOT US. (I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN NO ONE WOULD seriously SAY THAT.)
Lisa

Austin, TX

#6 Apr 1, 2007
Sharks live in the Ocean..dahhh..nothing new
Bibliophile11

Apopka, FL

#7 Apr 1, 2007
And don't swim wearing your lucky ham.

So what was the risk factor for this kid? Is it just the time of year when they follow fish in to shore?
stubangel

Sebastian, FL

#8 Apr 1, 2007
THREE DEGREES wrote:
OH MY GOD! WOMEN ON THEIR PERIODS SHOULD STAY OUT OF THE WATER?
DON'T FORGET THE OTHER "SAGE" ADVICE: DON'T SIT ON A PUBLIC TOILET SEAT BECAUSE YOU MAY BECOME PREGNANT.
GEEZ, LOUISE! THIS IS THE 21T CENTURY. GET WITH IT, CAPT. BEN!!!
GEEZ LOUISE IS RIGHT! GET WITH THE PROGRAM 3 DEGREES, IT IS COMMON SENSE. I LIVE ON THE WATER AND WOULD NEVER ENTER IN THAT CONDITION. THIS WAS ON A LIST OF 10 THINGS NOT TO IN OR NEAR WATER IN A NATIONAL BOATING MAGAZINE! DO YOU THINK HE IS KIDDING?
stubangel

Sebastian, FL

#9 Apr 1, 2007
Bibliophile11 wrote:
And don't swim wearing your lucky ham.
So what was the risk factor for this kid? Is it just the time of year when they follow fish in to shore?
Actually this has been an active time for the sharks. They are coming up from the southern waters and heading north following the bait fish. They are a few weeks early this year but nothing different than any other year. People do not realize that when they enter the water, you are entering their kingdom. I have grown up on the water all my life and live near the ocean. I have a great respect for the ocean. I have never been bitten thank god! A little common sense goes a long way.

You should never, ever go in the water late in the afternoon like before dusk. That is feeding time for sharks. Also night swimming, definitely not!

Never swim in the troth. For those of you who don't know what it is...when you walk into the water and then there is a drop down and it comes back up. Don't swim in it or hang out in it. The fish, especially sharks like the troth for feeding.

Be very careful around the sandbars too. Sharks like to hang around them.

If the water is cloudy or murky and you cannot see your legs, get out of the water. No shark can see you and you cannot see them.

If the bait fish are jumping (anytime during the day) get out of the water. The bait fish are jumping for a reason folks, ie; something bigger is following them.

Birds, if the birds are dive bombing ...the fish are plentiful = sharks are probably following the fish.

The menstral cycle. Women should know better. Do you really think the shark knows you are a women and not an injured fish to eat? It is not to laugh about. What do fisherman pour into the water to attract sharks? Blood!

Rough water, stay out of it. Not only for the dangers of sharks but rip currents. Use common sense that is how you stay safe!
stubangel

Sebastian, FL

#10 Apr 1, 2007
capt ben marler wrote:
I am a retired Captain who operated large recreational deep sea fishing vessels in Destin. Here are some suggestions to prevent shark bite. Never swim at night, or in dirty water as sharks can not identify you as a human. Wading with fish on a string line is like walking through a drug area waving money. use a cooler with ice in a tube it can keep your drink cool too. Women on their periods should stay out of the water, blood is blood. Anytime fish are feeding in schools near shore get out of the water, this activity will attract sharks from a great distance. Never handle sharks even when they appear dead, sometimes they aren't.

The shark that nearly took my dad's life was only about 3 feet long. It opened a huge wound from his left hand when he tried to release it from a seine. Don't kill them as they are God's vultures and keep our beaches clean. Respect but do not fear them as fear can freeze you. Finally, thank the Lord for Him telling them to not eat us. If He had we would be missing folks daily.
Great Post, good common sense things to do and not to do in the water.
suzanne

Austin, TX

#11 Apr 1, 2007
I'm a retired swimmer, and mmm, I just stay out of the water to avoid those Sharks!!
Bibliophile11

Apopka, FL

#12 Apr 2, 2007
stubangel wrote:
<quoted text>

Actually this has been an active time for the sharks. They are coming up from the southern waters and heading north following the bait fish. They are a few weeks early this year but nothing different than any other year. People do not realize that when they enter the water, you are entering their kingdom. I have grown up on the water all my life and live near the ocean. I have a great respect for the ocean. I have never been bitten thank god! A little common sense goes a long way.

You should never, ever go in the water late in the afternoon like before dusk. That is feeding time for sharks. Also night swimming, definitely not!

Never swim in the troth. For those of you who don't know what it is...when you walk into the water and then there is a drop down and it comes back up. Don't swim in it or hang out in it. The fish, especially sharks like the troth for feeding.

Be very careful around the sandbars too. Sharks like to hang around them.

If the water is cloudy or murky and you cannot see your legs, get out of the water. No shark can see you and you cannot see them.

If the bait fish are jumping (anytime during the day) get out of the water. The bait fish are jumping for a reason folks, ie; something bigger is following them.

Birds, if the birds are dive bombing ...the fish are plentiful = sharks are probably following the fish.

The menstral cycle. Women should know better. Do you really think the shark knows you are a women and not an injured fish to eat? It is not to laugh about. What do fisherman pour into the water to attract sharks? Blood!

Rough water, stay out of it. Not only for the dangers of sharks but rip currents. Use common sense that is how you stay safe!
All good advice, but I remain confused on one point. Most (if not all) women who swim during their periods wear tampons, which are like surgical packing. I know sharks can detect an almost microscopic amount of blood in a great volume of seawater -- but if one has sufficient protection not to visibly leak, is that still a problem?
Patricia Damelio

New Rochelle, NY

#13 Apr 3, 2007
I read the above story on the shark bites and I must say he was a very brave little boy who happens to be my nephew and I think being so brave and the YOUNGEST victim he should have his name mentioned don't you? Whether the bites were life threatening or not it was still a very scary happening especially for a child....
Patricia Damelio

New Rochelle, NY

#14 Apr 3, 2007
continuing with my comments about the shark bites, the childs' name is Zachary Barlag. Before I had a chance to add it to my previous comments I lost the connection. Sorry about that. Patricia Damelio
Bibliophile11

Apopka, FL

#15 Apr 3, 2007
Patricia Damelio wrote:
I read the above story on the shark bites and I must say he was a very brave little boy who happens to be my nephew and I think being so brave and the YOUNGEST victim he should have his name mentioned don't you? Whether the bites were life threatening or not it was still a very scary happening especially for a child....
So glad he was not hurt more seriously. He'll tell this story to his great-grandkids.
stubangel

Sebastian, FL

#16 Apr 3, 2007
Bibliophile11 wrote:
<quoted text>

All good advice, but I remain confused on one point. Most (if not all) women who swim during their periods wear tampons, which are like surgical packing. I know sharks can detect an almost microscopic amount of blood in a great volume of seawater -- but if one has sufficient protection not to visibly leak, is that still a problem?
You would have to ask a doctor, however, I would think that if you are in that condition it would not be wise to enter the water. You may not be the one that gets attacked, it may be the kid down the beach. Sharks do have a very keen senses. I would not recommend it. There are a lot of sharks on our coastal waters. Right now they are in close. They have showing thousands (yes thousands) in large packs migrating north for the last several weeks. Although it has calmed down a bit here, we know they are still there and can show up at any time. When you enter the ocean, you are at their mercy - you are now on the bottom of the food chain. It is always wise to take precautions, especially dealing with wildlife that have big teeth and can eat you.
stubangel

Sebastian, FL

#17 Apr 3, 2007
Patricia Damelio wrote:
I read the above story on the shark bites and I must say he was a very brave little boy who happens to be my nephew and I think being so brave and the YOUNGEST victim he should have his name mentioned don't you? Whether the bites were life threatening or not it was still a very scary happening especially for a child....
Dear Patricia,

I am glad your nephew is going to be ok. I am really glad that the bite was not worse than it was. I don't believe I was talking about your nephew, We were talking about people entering the water during a menstral cycle. etc.
stubangel

Sebastian, FL

#18 Apr 3, 2007
p.s. I left one thing out...When ever you have the ocean and river meet, it is not a good idea to swim into that area. There are more sharks in those areas, as in Ft. Pierce where we just had 2 people bitten last weekend.
my names zachary

Port Saint Lucie, FL

#19 Mar 8, 2013
i was the rat titty that got bitten it was a 2 foot nurse shark fgts get out my life all it did wass lick my butt hole so muck off and btw i go to pslh im a freshman in ms mahafys class batchhhessss class of 2016 blatchhhhheeeeees

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