01/09/2006: Worst Selachophobia *Joke* ever...
...and isn't really a Joke - but a terrible tragedy reported from Australia:
"A woman called out "shark" as she was being mauled to death by as many as three of them off the coast of Australia, but her friends in the water didn't believe her, police said Sunday.
Sarah Whiley, 21, died late Saturday of severe injuries after being attacked near North Stradbroke Island, east of the Queensland state capital Brisbane.
Whiley was swimming with a group of friends from a church group when she was pulled underwater for about five seconds then emerged and called out "Shark!" said Queensland police inspector Peter Harding.
"Of course people at the time thought she was only joking - until they saw the blood," he told reporters on Sunday.
Harding said officers were searching for the predators and had closed several nearby beaches.
"If we found them (the sharks) I suppose we would try to retrieve them and see if they have any body parts," Harding said. "The idea is to retrieve what we can."
Hardly some *joking around* for us selachophobes - but more the fount of my nightmares and aversions to deep, dark waters. And sad tragedy for this woman and her family.
Karen on 01.09.06 @ 03:53 PM CST