"Looked as big as a box car."
Global warming, climate change etc. have made it seem as if Shark Week is every week but the apex predators still enjoy stalking during specific calendar months and one of their favorite haunts is south Florida where Cuban immigrants stack roast pork, pickles, mustard and Swiss cheese on delicate baguettes.
“Man-eating” beasts can be snowbirds too and let’s read a terrifying account before watching a terrifying encounter.
Last weekend, Zane Coker saw something at a Palm Beach County beach he hasn’t seen before. It was a 12-foot long giant hammerhead shark cruising in “full attack mode” in water only a few feet from the shoreline.
It was a little alarming, he said, because usually hammerhead sharks stay on the outside of the sand bar.
“I started shooing people out of the water,” Coker explained. “There were swimmers up and down the beach. I’m not trying to scare anyone, but when I look around, the lifeguards are flying green flags everywhere.”
Well, there is a scientifically-documented annual blacktip shark migration along Florida’s coasts each winter. Hammerhead sharks are known to eat blacktip sharks and Great Whites are known to menace everything, everyone, including but not limited to other sharks and surfers.
Just today a 20-footer was filmed patrolling Palm Beach, starving for Cuban hams and also Cuban biceps but, if history has taught us anything, will settle for stringy, over-salted, surfers tasting vaguely of cocaine or Donald Trump, his entire family and all his friends.
According to Jim Cocci, a local diver, “The great white shark came out of the mist.”
Diving near Mar-a-Lago, home of the Southern White House, Cocci said a friend receive a notification about a great white being spotted at the reef near The Breakers.
Twenty minutes into the dive in hazy water, Cocci said the marine biologist in front of him started yelling over the radio that he spotted the shark.
“Totally awesome,” said Cocci when the shark emerged just feet away. Cocci had his camera rolling.
It appeared to be 15 to 20 feet long. “Looked as big as a box car.”
A hungry box car ready to mambo.
No surfing in Florida.
No ocean bathing either.
Do you have the stomach? Can you look White Death in the eye?