Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2001]
THE UNCLE THAT WRESTLED THE SHARK ASHORE WAS FISHING FOR SHARKS, HAD IT ON A LINE AND HAD BEEN FIGHTING IT FOR TWO HOURS PLUS.
The unidentified stranger that helped him also helped him fight the fish to shore. When the shark got into two feet of water, the kids all ran into the water in jubilation and the shark lunged from off the ground and hit Jessie Arbogast twice, took his arm off and bit into his leg!
The man had CHUM in the water, and heavy tackle built to fish for sharks. His nephew got bit because the entire family went into the water trying to wrestle the fish to land. There is big money on a shark that size.
The press has suppressed the real truth, because they are afraid that it will effect the contributions for Jessie and the uncle is so filled with guilt, he has tried to commit suicide once already
NO MAN is going to wrestle a shark that large to shore in two feet of water, that is one powerful animal, and they had cut the cable, and hide the rods by the time the Medic's got there.
The ranger that shot the shark testified that the shark still had the hook in his mouth and "put up a big fight because his mouth was all bloody and torn up"
I am not lessening the horror of the event. Jessie did get an arm bit off and is going to recover, but I am tired of Pensacola Beach taking it in the shorts because of the "whole truth not being told"
Origins: It would be nearly impossible for anyone in the USA not to have heard about Jessie Arbogast, the 8-year-old boy who was mauled by a
Where the message quoted above came from and what prompted someone to write it are unknown to us, but much of what has been reported about the shark attack contradicts its claims:
J.R. TOMASOVIC: The last attack we had was in 1999.
CNN: But you've seen sharks out there on a regular basis?
TOMASOVIC: That's correct. Shark activity off the park is a daily event to us.
"I've never seen a bull shark that skinny," said fisheries biologist Buck Buchanan of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources.
"The shark didn't look like he was in great shape."
Bull sharks are one of the three most dangerous species, along with whites and tiger sharks. They feed on sea turtles, which were nesting in the area at the time of the attack.
"The guy was really strapping," Dillon said. "He was very broad-shouldered and he could wrestle a gorilla, it looked like to me, and give him a good run."
"Without the tail it's like a car spinning its wheels," he said. "Because its wheel is essentially off the ground in the back it has no traction."
The Flosenzier's relative silence is hardly unusual. After seeing your nephew attacked and nearly killed by a shark, would you want to cope with having to relive the horror dozens of times a day as hundreds of reporters shoved microphones at you to ask you the same questions day in and day out? How many of us would put up with something like the following?
Through the first few days, the hospital graciously handled the hundreds of requests for interviews. While Jessie lay in a pediatric intensive care unit in a coma, hospital administrators, physicians and support staff dutifully paraded before the cameras for thrice-daily updates on the boy's condition and the medically miraculous efforts to save him.
But like inconsiderate dinner guests, the media entourage refused to leave and doubled efforts to reach Jessie's family, which had repeatedly asked to be left alone.
Last updated: 29 July 2011
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