Thursday, January 14, 2010

Not to darken the day, but....

Tourist killed by 'dinosaur-sized' shark off South African beach

From The Guardian

Witnesses today described their horror at seeing a tourist being eaten by a "gigantic" shark in South Africa's most popular holiday destination.

Lloyd Skinner was pulled under the surf and dragged out to sea by the shark, believed to be a great white, off Fish Hoek beach in Cape Town. His diving goggles and a dark patch of blood were all that remained in the water.

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This story is a complete tragedy, and my heart goes out to the friends and family of this man. I can't even imagine what it would be like to lose a loved one in such a terrifying way. Eliot sent this story to me with the comment "This is what nightmares are made of," and it really is.

Sharks are an important part of our eco system, and desperately need to be protected right now. However, we also need to remember that these are wild, dangerous animals with instinct that we can't even begin to understand. It bothers me so much when I hear someone say that sharks aren't dangerous. Although I don't believe they're out to kill humans, they are unpredictable and need to be respected.

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