"Sociopathic and wrong."
And this is a bridge to far even for me, even for a surf-cum-shark journalist all too familiar with the severe personality disorders on display amongst that apex predator population. It is one thing for these “man-eating” beasts to knock a seven-year-old boy off his surfboard, terrifying him in the process and likely sending him into therapy for many years and many more thousands of dollars.
Quite another to begin bullying and abusing everyone’s favorite marine creature besides whales.
The fun, lovable, likely better-than-human bottlenose dolphin.
And you would be forgiven for assuming that shark on dolphin violence is standard operating procedure in the deep blue, much like “athlete” on “brain” or “criminal” on “princess” violence is in today’s high school but you would also be wrong.
And we must turn to Myrtle Beach Online for the very latest in this ongoing saga, this current shark-pocalypse.
Proof of a rarely witnessed predator-on-predator sea battle emerged days ago off South Carolina’s Kiawah Island, when a bottlenose dolphin was seen with evidence of a large shark bite.
That’s unexpected because sharks reportedly “swim in fear of dolphins,” which are quicker and more agile than sharks in a fight to the death, according to experts at SeaWorld.
What became of the shark is a mystery. However, news of the attack comes as “thousands” of great white sharks are gathering off the Southeastern U.S. for winter, shark researchers say.
“We believe this dolphin got lucky and survived a shark bite,” Rust wrote on Facebook.
“Dolphins are considered a top predator and generally don’t interact with sharks. But sometimes sharks will target young or sick dolphins, possibly when food resources are low.”
Or perhaps when competition is tough.
If these Great Whites are sociopathic enough to chew the universally adored dolphin how do you think you’d fare all pug-nosed, human and gross?
I’ll tell you now. Not well.
Not well at all.
If you happen to be thinking about surfing in Carolina, either north or south, in the next few months I would very much reconsider.
I would very much reconsider altogether.