What Sharks Really Think About That Surfer Shark Attack
By now, you’ve seen the above video of the surfer shark attack. During the finals of the J-Bay surfing competition in South Africa Sunday, surfer Mick Fanning dodged a shark that nicked his leash and board. Fanning punched the animal on the back and he and everyone else who was in the water are all safe.
But even though shark attacks are in the news a lot this summer, it is important to note that these animals are looking for food—seals, not humans. The experts at OCEARCH—a non-profit organization on the Cape that tags and researches great white sharks and other large apex predators—who’s motto and hashttag is #replacefearwithfacts, aims to do just that.
Although what happened this weekend is alarming and scary, the sharks wanted their followers to know that it is not the norm. Below, the best shark attack-related tweets this weekend—from the sharks.
Could be true.
I think they just wanted Mick Fanning’s autograph -;() pic.twitter.com/s52uaV45TV
— Genie The Shark (@GenieTheShark) July 20, 2015
1 Shark attack today no injury and twitter is a BUZZ! 273,973 human attacks on sharks all fatal and no comment! pic.twitter.com/Oulx8mbiVF
— Louise the Shark (@LouiseShark) July 20, 2015
Shark’s got jokes.
*come on man… Just one high five? pic.twitter.com/FhThXHku4W
— Chessie Tiger Shark (@ChessieShark) July 20, 2015
Samir knows what’s up.
in Shark World they are talking about how this humanoid just interrupted their swimming competition https://t.co/mNIryX77i4
— samir mezrahi (@samir) July 19, 2015
And, of course, everyone’s an f’in expert. Don’t be this Rob Lowe.
Not sure what was more disturbing; #MickFanning being attacked by a shark on TV, or how inarticulate the announcer was describing it.
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) July 19, 2015