(SHARKS/OCEANS) As it turns out, dogs aren’t the only ones saving human lives. A policeman was brought to safety by a shark last week after having drifted at sea for a near record-breaking 106 days. With countless horror films like the legendary Jaws circulating, sharks have a reputation for being aggressive, man-eating creatures. But in this real-life instance, this shark acts as an unlikely lifesaver.
Toakai Teitoi, a 41-year-old father of six, ventured out into the Pacific with his brother-in-law on May 27 in what was supposed to be a two-hour boat ride to their home island. Their decision turned fatal when they decided to extend the trip throughout the night to do a little fishing. After waking up the next morning, the two men found that their boat had run out of fuel and they had drifted far from their destination. In a small 15-foot wooden boat with little food and water, surviving wasn’t easy for Teitoi. Unfortunately his brother-in-law passed away from dehydration about a month into the ordeal.
Four months later, Teitoi is alive and well. He credits his ultimate survival to a six-foot shark that circled and bumped his boat.
“He was guiding me to a fishing boat,” Teitoi said when asked about the shark, AFP reported.
Sharks have been misunderstood for centuries. Humans kill tens of millions of sharks per year, while just a few humans are killed by sharks every year, usually by accident. It truly is a wonder why sharks are portrayed to be such killing machines when in fact humans are far more dangerous.
Hopefully this instance will show misinformed individuals that sharks are not only victims of our own selfish needs, but also friendly residents of the sea.
— Carmen Iben, exclusive to Global Animal