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Posted: Dec. 04 2007,17:05

This is a real photo!



I'm not kidding.  This roughly eight ft. tall, 10-12 foot hammerhead was photographed in the surf at New Smyrna Beach (photo by David and Aaron Lee).  If you don't know NSB is the shark bite capital of the world, with 17 recorded shark bites in Volusia County just last year, mostly surfers.

No kayakers though, lol...



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Posted: Dec. 08 2007,05:42

I'd suggest you stay away from Texas Hold-em games...

OK I gotta come clean.  As so well covered by Andrew Keen in his wonderful book, "Cult of the Amateur", we have become voyeuristic surfers of the internet, and cede our independent thought to small roving bands of alpha-posting monkeys.

When I first posted this I thought I'd tell the story, but no, it was simply too delicious to see how many people, any readers at all, would question the improbability of such a creature, in such a pose right in our own backyard.  Survey sez....

Nope.  Not one, and even though guests can now reply.  So here's the complete truth:

The photo is absolutely genuine and so are the photographers.   And the shark is absolutely real - but it's not alive and never was.  It is a full size fiberglass sculpture and the photographers were the artists/builders.

Their goal:

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That is what happened in New Smyrna Beach, near the jetty, when two artists placed their sculpture in the ocean.

The sculpture, named "Mona Kahi Kahi," is made of foam and fiberglass, and it floats.

There have been 17 shark bites in Volusia County in the last year. Many of the victims were surfers.

Husband and wife artists David and Aaron Lee wanted to do away with myths that portray sharks as dangerous marine life.

"Awareness in all levels that the marine enviroment is so fragile. Sharks are there. That's where they live; that's their home," Aaron Lee said. "We're out there surfing and playing around, and they're not there to hunt us."


The Beach Patrol confirms what most of us should know by now.  Most shark bites are a case of mistaken identity where hands and feet are confused with baitfish.  Just like the sharpeyed among us mistook this sculpture for the real deal, lol...



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