Shark Bites in New York Are Unusual

Actually shark bites anywhere are unusual. Two on the same day… Two children suffer bites in possible shark attacks off New York’s Fire Island.

Two children were bitten in the leg in the waters off New York’s Fire Island on Wednesday in possible shark attacks, prompting beach closings, authorities said

While wild animal encounters are noteworthy, the bit that caught my attention was the political response.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a statement saying he had deployed DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos to lead a multi-agency investigation into the possible shark attacks.

“I am relieved that both teenagers who were attacked have been released from the hospital,” Cuomo said. “The State will do everything we can to protect beachgoers and keep the community safe.”

And how exactly is that going to happen? Is the State of New York going to eliminate sharks off that part of the Eastern coast? Deploy nets? What? I know politicians love to say “we will take care of you,” but I just don’t see exactly what they are going to be able to do. They could permanently close the beaches (and destroy the economy of some areas), but I doubt they will do that either.

Or is the key phrase in the quote “everything we can?” Everything they can, might turn out to be very little. Maybe they could deploy “No Sharks Allowed” signs, underwater. Declare a “Shark-free zone!” (We need common-sense shark-control. I don’t object to fish, but how can you see a shark as anything but a dangerous assault-fish? </sarcasm>)

There are always sharks in the water, apparently even in New York. If you decide you are going swimming, you should be aware of that. (I was going to include a clip from Jaws – “You’re gonna need a bigger boat” – but I resisted.)

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There Are Always Sharks in the Water

The just don’t usually bite people as far north as Nassau County. Rare double shark attack closes Florida beach; bites were just minutes apart.

There are always sharks in the water. Two people were bitten in the space of a few minutes. The beaches were closed, because they assume (or maybe they know) the attacks were by 1 shark. But if they are going to wait for there to be no sharks in an area, they are going to wait for a very long time.

Florida, as you may know, is the shark attack capital of the world. Of 88 unprovoked shark bites that the Florida Museum of Natural History documented around the world last year, more than one-third took place in the Sunshine State’s shores.

If you fly in and out of Fort Lauderdale as often I used to do, you will eventually land from east to west coming in over the water, and as the plane goes over the beaches you can see the people and the sharks. They are always there, separated by a few yards.

So It’s OK If the Deputy Has An AR-15. Oh, and Florida Has Alligators

You would think people from Florida would know better. An alligator trapped a teenage girl in a tree. Then a deputy arrived with an AR-15.

Floating on a pool “raft” in Ocala National Forest (which is in central Florida, north of Orlando by about 50 miles or more depending on what part of the forest you are in) is probably not something I would do. But then if there is fresh water, there are gators. The one in question was between 10 and 11 feet (by some estimates) and was probably a female protecting a nest.

By the time Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy Mitch Blackmon arrived, ahead of the marine unit, Jordan had been in the tree for about 30 minutes. She was screaming and exhausted from hanging on, according to the incident report.

He dispatched the alligator with an AR-15. (Which the Washington Post seems to approve of in this case.)

There are alligators in Florida. I know it gets hot in the summer, but that is why people have pools with big cages around them. In part to keep the mosquitoes out, but they also discourage the reptiles.

“There’s not much left of them.”

Poetic Justice, Mother Nature style. Or something to that effect. Lions eat ‘rhino poachers’ on South African game reserve

At least two suspected rhino poachers have been mauled to death and eaten by lions on a South African game reserve, officials say.

Rangers discovered the remains of two, possibly three, people in a lion enclosure in the Sibuya reserve, near the south-east town of Kenton-on-Sea.

Karma’s a bitch.

Your Feel-good Story of the Day

A bear cub falls into a basement under construction. But there is a happy ending. Wisconsin game warden helps cub escape basement with ladder.

Walz and the homeowner decided to use a ladder to rescue the crying cub. Video shot by Walz shows the animal climbing the ladder to freedom with some off-camera coaching.

Video at the link.

This is Sad and Unusual – Fatal Alligator Attack in Florida

Fatal alligator attacks are rare. Alligator believed to have fatally attacked Florida woman killed by authorities Friday | abc7.com

Her dogs were found near the lake, one with a recent bite. She was missing, though there was an unconfirmed report that someone saw her dragged into the water.

A 12 foot gator was trapped and killed. A necropsy confirmed that the gator bit Shizuka Matsuki. It is believed she died, and Florida Fish and Wildlife are searching for her body.

From 1948 to 2017, the commission has documented 401 people bitten by alligators, including 24 fatalities. The most recent death occurred in 2016, when a 2-year-old boy playing near the water’s edge at a Walt Disney World resort was killed.

When you see a body of fresh or brackish water in Florida – a pond, a river, whatever – you should consider that alligators probably live there.

There are also crocodiles in the southern Everglades. Sharks are just off shore at your favorite beach. And anacondas have been introduced to the Everglades. Then there are poisonous snakes, fire ants, etc. Oh, and bears can be a problem if you are camping in the pine forests.

They Wanted to Help the Bear, Instead They Got It Killed

They are not pets, they are wild animals. Bear euthanized after being fed in P-L neighborhood | Pinetop Lakeside | wmicentral.com

There is a drought, so the bears are stressed. Still no excuse.

Sandi’s husband, Mr. Coberly, admitted to putting out food and water for the bear when he spoke to an AZGFD officer. Sandi Coberly told The Independent that her neighbors were feeding the bear.

It was an act of mercy. The bears were thirsty. Now the mother is dead, and the cubs in captivity. Way to go.

I have the “Don’t Be Stupid” graphic up, but I know that people will continue to do stupid things. (Who was it that asked, “How many animals has Walt Disney killed?”)