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Fish 2

Sea-World Poems

By Josie Whitehead

Fish 2
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Swimming with Shark


By Josie Whitehead

We Don't Eat Human Beings Dear

Said the Great White Shark:

'There’s nothing in the world to fear.
We don’t eat human beings, dear.
   My friends and I, we all agree,
   A seal’s much more our cup of tea.

'You human beings, as is known,
Are nothing less than skin and bone.
   We’d rather eat a nice fat seal.
   They make a far more tasty meal.

But here’s a warning I must make,
So please don’t make this big mistake:
   Don’t swim with seals when we are near 
   Or your leg could sadly disappear.'

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Sharks attack and kill 10 humans per year, on average. Humans, in contrast, annually kill about 20 to 30 million sharks, according to the Florida Museum of Natural History’s Department of Ichthyology. That shark death estimate, based on commercial and sport fishing landings, could even be conservative. It is therefore not too difficult to see which species poses the greater threat to the other. After 400 million years of shark evolution, we could potentially wipe out the world’s sharks in a century’s time. 

The fact remains, however, that sharks can, and do, result in human deaths. Dogs and even traditionally mild-mannered animals like cows may kill people too, but the nature of shark attacks seems to fascinate and terrify us more. This year alone, two surfers from Mexico and two from California lost their lives after bleeding to death due to shark bites. The cluster of deaths puzzles researchers because, as shark numbers are declining overall, attacks seem to be holding steady, or are even rising, depending on the region. 

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