Shark Attack

Little Ray & Shark Patch Things Up

Empower kids with facts about rays, sharks and shark attacks. "Little Ray & Shark Patch Things Up" pulls kids from screens and gets everyone celebrating ocean life.

Rays and sharks are fish relatives. These shark family members come together in a child-friendly shark encounter that ends in delight. Kids read it over and over.

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Arriving sharks are visible. Sightings allow swimmers to exit the water. Little Ray and a shark work together to get stranded boaters to shore. Natural enemies can coexist.

Problems with a few animals can get blown out of proportion. On average, sharks kill about ten people yearly. One shark attack can lead to many shark killings in revenge.

Shark Attack Reading Fun

Most shark attack fallout is not fun reading. Little Ray's shark encounter turns fear to fascination. Find the book here.

Little Ray's story ends well. What puts the power-house commander in this story under assault in real life?

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Fear

Shark bait means someone is unsafe. Little Ray and his friends are at risk in Little Ray & Shark Patch Things Up. Shark did not abandon ship after making a hole in it.

Little Ray worried that he had attracted the shark by making waves around the boat. He had been entertaining the boating family with his flips and bends and turns.

Boaters often step out of their crafts to enter the water. Far from shore, the ocean is a place of danger. Sharks lurking under the waves are natural swimmers.

Sharks move. They migrate north in summer and south in winter. Reversing this schedule makes anyone terrified of bites less likely to meet up with sharks.

Comics, films, games, books, television shows and videos largely present sharks as crazed eating-machines. Sports teams use this namesake for powerful image and notable victories.

A child, who has never seen sharks, may feel no fear. A child, who has seen pictures of a shark attack, may not want to go near the ocean. Adults may avoid hot-spots. Bites make headlines.

Sharks and rays have strong wound-fighting abilities. Sharks' resistance to cancer gives hope for prevention or cure of the cancers plaguing people. Unfortunately, these fish are endangered. 

Without sharks, human tooth replacement studies may suffer. Sharks replace tens of thousands of teeth. Humans have the same genes, but replacement stops with the second set of teeth.

Teaches Children About Earning Respect

In Little Ray & Shark Patch Things Up, a stingray and a shark earn respect during a frenzied encounter. This V. R. Duin adventure helps sharks' woeful reputations.

Transcript: “Join with the best and respect the rest. We never know how things will go.” (34 seconds)