Morehead City, N.C.
June 5, 2019
TO THE EDITOR:
Your June 5th front-page article on the shark attack at Fort Macon beach this past Sunday is sadly reminiscent of the movie “Jaws.”
First, the word “shark” is omitted in the headline. Second, Fort Macon superintendent Newman seems to downplay the vicious attack as an uncommon “incident” and merely a “shark bite,” whereas toward the end of the report on another page with the understated heading “Bite,” it becomes clear that the young girl lost a leg and sustained deep lacerations also in her pelvic and hand areas. (FOX News reports her grandmother as saying the girl lost some fingers and may require a hand transplant.)
Third, The N.C. Aquarium representative describes the attack as a “mistake” and a “rarity” and adds, “Don’t let this ruin your vacation” (again reminiscent of the town management in “Jaws”).
Perhaps worst of all, Mr. McBane urges swimmers to stay out of the water “during low-light conditions.” Hey, the shark attack occurred around noon on Sunday.
The News- Times is doing no favor to our beachgoers by downplaying the horrific nature of this attack by a likely bull shark in the middle of the day.