Here we go again.
It must be a slow summer in Australia this year as shark stories have all but infested the front pages of the media down in the land of sun and surf.
At hand this week a small Hammerhead Shark washed up on a local beach and was quickly nabbed by a vacationing performer from Cirque du Soleil.
Actually that's not a member of Cirque. But that really is the official dress code for the Surf Lifesavers in Australia. The huge crowd of onlookers and laughing children were not there because of the shark.
Which brings us to the main point here. Sharks-especially small ones like these-are not dangerous to swimmers. Media hysteria and world opinion continues to demonize these magnificent predators and allow the slaughter of millions each year for just their fins.
Something to think about the next time you hear someone yell "shark!" at the beach.
If it was us we would be in the water faster than an Australian Surf Lifesaver could strap on his cool looking Beenie-Cap.