Fun in the Florida waters with grandson until the Shark showed up

@ramapo17 (25547)
Melbourne, Florida
November 12, 2016 4:38pm CST
My daughter and grandson came down from New Jersey to Florida last week for a mini vacation. My grandson is 16 and loves the water.. My husband never mentioned to them before we left the house that we were going near the water. When we got there and he saw the waves and fun everyone was having, I took him on the boardwalk and bought him a swim suit. He was in the water for almost an hour and all of a sudden a shark appeared. Of course some people got out after screaming but others stayed in the water. My grandson got out fast. I do not know how some people stay in the water after knowing what can happen if they get close to a shark.
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@NJChicaa (46016)
• United States
12 Nov 16
yeah, I would have gotten out PRONTO
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@ramapo17 (25547)
• Melbourne, Florida
12 Nov 16
I was surprised there wasn't someone yelling for everyone to get out of the water, like in jaws.
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@DaddyEvil (25893)
• Aurora, Missouri
15 Nov 16
@ramapo17 Sure, Nancy! That is just what someone should have done, IF that person wanted to watch shark attacks up close and personal! They really don't yell "Shark!" because it will cause people to panic and flop about, splashing like an injured marine animal. Prime shark bait!
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@JudyEv (134370)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Nov 16
In Australia they'd get out, I'm fairly sure of that. They are a real hazard in our waters and have taken quite a lot of swimmers and surfers over time.
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@DaddyEvil (25893)
• Aurora, Missouri
15 Nov 16
Florida ranks #1 in shark attacks world wide. In 2014, there were 72 reported shark attacks worldwide with 52 in the United States. Twenty-eight of those attacks were recorded in Florida. In the U.S., there were no reported fatalities. Of the other 20 attacks outside the United States, three deaths were reported. (Excerpt from here: )
As attack reports continue to make headlines, a shark expert sheds lights on what dangers lurk in Florida’s waters.
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@JudyEv (134370)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Nov 16
@DaddyEvil Florida is welcome to all of them. :)
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@DaddyEvil (25893)
• Aurora, Missouri
15 Nov 16
@JudyEv I would be more than happy to let Australia lead the world in shark attacks, Judy! (You just stay well away from the beach, please! )
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@Corbin5 (115637)
• United States
12 Nov 16
I would get out of the water right away if a shark was spotted. It is strange that others were not afraid of sharing the water with a shark.
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@ramapo17 (25547)
• Melbourne, Florida
12 Nov 16
I know. Maybe the people that were there are just use to it. There were a lot of people from other countries and maybe they do not know what a shark is.
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@DaddyEvil (25893)
• Aurora, Missouri
15 Nov 16
@Corbin5 @ramapo17 Uhm... yes, those people certainly KNOW they are sharing the water with sharks! ANYONE getting into the ocean anywhere is sharing it with sharks... How you react around a shark determines whether you will become a target for the shark or not! Present yourself as a weak or injured marine animal and the shark will home in on you and test your taste! (Flop around or splash while trying to swim away rapidly and you will be his brunch!)
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@Corbin5 (115637)
• United States
15 Nov 16
@DaddyEvil I am just staying out of the water. Well, the only water near us is in ponds, so I am good. Well, the male geese get really testy guarding new babies, but I give them a wide berth. Those guys will hiss and then bite if any human ventures too near.
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• United States
13 Nov 16
i'd been to the car 'fore ya could blink i dunno if'n some're jest de-sensitized to such? 'r if'n they've watched too many video's 'f how 'cool' 't 'tis to be swimmin' with the big fishes.
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@ramapo17 (25547)
• Melbourne, Florida
13 Nov 16
You are right @crazyhorseladycx.
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@DaddyEvil (25893)
• Aurora, Missouri
15 Nov 16
And made yourself into the prime target for the sharks? I certainly hope not, Crazy!
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• United States
15 Nov 16
@DaddyEvil no sir, i've no desire to be shark bait. perhaps 'tis why i live'n arid country, to resist the temptation 'f the waves poundin', that salty air....
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@LadyDuck (175653)
• Switzerland
13 Nov 16
Some people are too confident. Those animals can kill, they are very dangerous.
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@ramapo17 (25547)
• Melbourne, Florida
13 Nov 16
I know and cannot understand how other people don't see that. Some people do not think they are dangerous.
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@LadyDuck (175653)
• Switzerland
14 Nov 16
@ramapo17 Some people also do not think that alligators are dangerous, but they are.
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@ramapo17 (25547)
• Melbourne, Florida
16 Nov 16
@LadyDuck I know. I cannot understand how people don't think they are dangerous.
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@just4him (126889)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Nov 16
I'm sorry his swimming was cut short by a shark.
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@ramapo17 (25547)
• Melbourne, Florida
14 Nov 16
I think it cured him for awhile to ask about going swimming.
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@just4him (126889)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 Nov 16
@ramapo17 Best to be safe.
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@ramapo17 (25547)
• Melbourne, Florida
16 Nov 16
@just4him That is my thought too.
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@UncleJoe (10829)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
12 Nov 16
Sounds scary but I would be more afraid of this flesh-eating bacteria that has been reported to cause limbs having to be amputated within days of exposure.
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@ramapo17 (25547)
• Melbourne, Florida
13 Nov 16
I didn't hear about that. I didn't go in the water at all this year as I heard there were lots of jelly fish.
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• Peoria, Arizona
12 Nov 16
For the most most part sharks are not often dangerous. It is good to leave the water though so they cannot be hurt or in the rare chance they do actually hurt a person.
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@ramapo17 (25547)
• Melbourne, Florida
13 Nov 16
I never heard they were not dangerous.
• Peoria, Arizona
14 Nov 16
@ramapo17 More people die from freak accidents than a shark attack. The only times sharks attack is mostly surfers because they see the surf board and they think it is a large fish or they are scared and feel in danger and attack.
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@ramapo17 (25547)
• Melbourne, Florida
16 Nov 16
@DesirousDreamer Okay, so the next time I go in the water I will get a surf board. Pretty funny at 74 years old.
@CoolPeace (1587)
• Miami, Florida
13 Nov 16
I would of got out of the water. It seems lately swimming in the beach is not safe no more.
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@ramapo17 (25547)
• Melbourne, Florida
14 Nov 16
I use to love the ocean but I like pools better now.
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@CoolPeace (1587)
• Miami, Florida
14 Nov 16
@ramapo17 I was thinking the something that pools are much better.
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@ramapo17 (25547)
• Melbourne, Florida
14 Nov 16
@CoolPeace They definitely are. No more ocean for me.
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@Happy2BeMe (74936)
• Canada
12 Nov 16
I am glad your grandson got out. I would have too.
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@ramapo17 (25547)
• Melbourne, Florida
13 Nov 16
We left shortly after seeing that.
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@Happy2BeMe (74936)
• Canada
13 Nov 16
@ramapo17 that would take all the fun out of swimming
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@ramapo17 (25547)
• Melbourne, Florida
13 Nov 16
@Happy2BeMe That is why I like pools.
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• Pamplona, Spain
13 Nov 16
I would have run for my life. Sharks will be Sharks.
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@ramapo17 (25547)
• Melbourne, Florida
14 Nov 16
Me too.
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• Pamplona, Spain
15 Nov 16
@ramapo17 I respect Sharks they have been there for millions of years and there has to be a good solution a friendly one so you can go in the water and them not harming you just wishful thinking I suppose.
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@marguicha (101813)
• Chile
19 Nov 16
How terrifying! Although I know that some sharks are not the kind that we saw years ago at the movie Jaws, anyway, a shark is a shark. Isn´t there someone in charge of the beach?
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@ramapo17 (25547)
• Melbourne, Florida
22 Nov 16
I didn't see any lifeguards now that you mention it.
@valmnz (12744)
• New Zealand
18 Nov 16
Our beaches are well patrolled and when there is a shark sighting everyone must get out.
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@ramapo17 (25547)
• Melbourne, Florida
22 Nov 16
@valmnz That's the way I thought it should be too.
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@Susan2015 (21673)
• United States
12 Nov 16
I wonder why everyone didn't get out of the water.
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@ramapo17 (25547)
• Melbourne, Florida
13 Nov 16
I know and so many people were standing on the pier over where the shark was. Maybe everyone was having a heat stroke or something.
@moffittjc (45184)
• Gainesville, Florida
13 Nov 16
I wonder what kind of shark it was? There are many varieties of sharks that are considered "less-threatening" to humans. I've swam at the beach among lemon sharks, black tip sharks, and nurse sharks, and have had no fears of being attacked or bitten. I've even "petted" sharks as they've swam past. But, without knowing what type of sharks were in the water, it probably was safer to just get out of the water.
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@ms1864 (6975)
• Bangalore, India
13 Nov 16
reminds me of the Shallows movie.
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@KnehKnah (3491)
• Philippines
13 Nov 16
Oh, that shark was a spoiler! But, it was good to come out from the water, ASAP, than to stay "cool" & be sorry later.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
12 Nov 16
Oh goodness, I am terrified of sharks! I would have been out real fast too.
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