the shark attacks" he wrote "swim to the side and grab his
pectoral fin and ride him as long as your breath can hold.
The shark's belly is his most vulnerable spot, and many cases have
been reported in which a fisherman has been able to on long enough
to cut a slit in the shark's underpart. This lets water inside and kills
the beast almost immediately. ..... All in all, people more from shark
fright than shark bite"
last sentence of this thesis is full of wisdom, the rest must be
regarded as what the Americans aptly term 'baloney".
the war, the United States Navy issued a booklet,
Shark Sense, to naval personnel who might encounter sharks in the
tropical waters. It is cleverly written, delightful, humorous and full
of sound advice, as well as a sense of proportion on a subject that is
often over-dramatized. To some extent it falls into the same error as
the Collier's article by regarding the killer shark as something that
comes out of legend rather than actuality.
edition of Shark Sense was
published in the years following
and the killer shark was treated with more respect- the Navy had
changed it's mind. According to the publication it is "a mean,
treacherous, hungry predator". Having warned flyers to beware the
man-eating shark, this Navy handbook outlines most of the accepted
ways of reducing the danger from an enemy that never officially
having taken an official interest in sharks, the Americans are
going into the subject with typical thoroughness. Not only is the
Navy using all of it's resources on the problem but the American
Institute of Biological Sciences in June 1958 established a Shark
Research panel in association with its Hydrobiology Committee.
This means that the killer sharks are up against a formidable
the Panel has set up a world wide organization which,
whenever s an attack occurs, ensures that a report from a physician
or scientist on the spot supplying full details of the attack. In January
each year, the Panel publishes a full list of attacks in all parts of the
world. Scientists hope that these statisticsw ill guide them to the
sharks' innermost secrets.
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