06/26/2005: Real selachophobia nightmares:
Teen Girl Dies After Shark Attack in Florida:
"SANDESTIN, Florida (June 25) - A 14-year-old girl died after being bitten by a shark Saturday while swimming in the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida panhandle, police said.
The girl, a visitor from Louisiana who has not been identified pending notification of her relatives, was swimming with a friend off a campground near Destin in Walton County when the two encountered the shark, the Walton County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.
"The shark was feeding on a large school of fish at the time," the statement said.
The shark bit one of the girls, who managed to get back to shore and was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead, the statement said.
The other girl, also 14, narrowly escaped injury, officials said.
Beaches in the area were closed immediately after the incident, which happened just before noon.
Florida recorded 12 shark attacks last year, none fatal, according to the International Shark Attack File, a group at the Florida Museum of Natural History that tracks shark attacks worldwide.
Thirty shark attacks were reported in the United States last year. There were 61 worldwide, seven of them fatal.
The attack came near the height of the summer tourist season in the Florida Panhandle. Crowds were drawn to the beaches Saturday by temperatures in the upper 80s and high humidity.
"There are a lot of people on the beach,'' said Mike McKee, front desk supervisor at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Resort and Spa. He said hotels are typically booked to capacity at this time of year. "This doesn't happen very often at all - very, very seldom,'' he added."
Juxtaposed against movie plot selachophobia and I just canít get away from them sharks - The conclusion of an epic SHARKOS trilogy!:
"Please allow me to introduce you to my latest script, THE RETURN OF SPACE SHARKS, last episode of the trilogy KING SHARK, PLANET SHARK.
THE RETURN OF SPACE SHARKS Space Shark dies and is buried at the bottom of the ocean, by the evil sharkies. Planet Sharkos is now being ruled by the ancient evil sharkie priests. Under their command, a huge and vast army of evil sharkies is sent to invade planet earth. General Sharkmembrane leads them. However, accidentally, they destroy Sharkos, their own planet, during their mission. Now, invading earth is the only possibility for them to survive. Will the evil sharkies accomplish their mission and rule over mankind? How?"
[posted by The Empress]
Karen on 06.26.05 @ 12:58 PM CST