Did you hear about the lifeguard who rescued the shark? Here’s the beginning of the story, from the Associated Press:
NEW YORK (Sept. 4) - When a Coney Island lifeguard spied a shark near an upset group of swimmers, he did what he thought was right: He rescued the fish.
Marisu Mironescu, 39, said he was prompted to action Monday after seeing about 75 to 100 people circling the 2-foot sand shark off the beach and "bugging out."
"They were holding onto it and some people were actually hitting him, smacking his face," said Mironescu. "Well, I wasn't going to let them hurt the poor thing."
He grabbed the largely harmless shark in his arms and carried it, backstroking out to sea, where he let it go. "He was making believe like he's dead, then he wriggled his whole body and tried to bite me," Mironescu said.
I loved this story! People often kill creatures that they perceive to be even slightly threatening -- a spider, a non-poisonous snake, a mouse. Sharks are certainly a favorite whipping boy. But it takes a special person to look at that shark and see, not a threat, but a suffering fellow creature! Dude deserves a medal!