Years ago, I was fishing from the beach along the Panhandle of Florida when I noticed something that I’ll never forget:
Down to my right, four people had waded out about a hundred yards and were splashing about in waist-deep water. Suddenly, just a short cast away and only 10 feet from shore, I saw a large dorsal fin heading toward me from that direction.
As it moved closer, I could see that the fin belonged to a shark that easily measured 10 feet long. And it had swum between the swimmers and the beach without them ever knowing it.
I thought about that today as I was reading the story of a California man who was fishing from a kayak when a large shark tried to take a bite out of his small, yellow boat.
He was thrown from the kayak, but, fortunately, people in a nearby power boat picked him up before the shark came back for another bite.
To read more about this and the other 54 shark-related incidents worldwide during 2012, check out the Shark Attack Survivors News Archive.