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FALL 2017

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Page 28 of 83 | 29 The dolphins kept herding the swimmers together and circled protectively around them for another 40 minutes, fending off the 10-foot-long great white shark until the swimmers were able to get safely back to their boat. Giant Sushi Dolphins might be smart and protective of humans, but giant squid apparently have less love for people. Maybe it's because we love to eat them. Or, squids just might be naturally angry. Whatever the reason, there are documented cases in which giant squid have actually attacked big metal ships. In 1978, the U.S. Naval destroyer USS Stein was forced to return to port in San Diego after suffering the failure of its SONAR system, following an attack by an unknown species of squid. A drydock inspection revealed serious damage to the underwater SONAR dome of the ship, with cuts as long as four feet across its protective rubber coating. Nearly all of the cuts contained remnants of sharp, curved claws found on the rims of suction cups of some squid tentacles. The claws were much larger than those of any squid that had been discovered at that time. Some estimates placed the size of the squid at up to 150-ft. long. More recently, in 2014, some incredible footage taken from a Greenpeace submarine shows a giant squid attacking the sub. Two subs were doing research in the Bering Sea between Russia and Alaska and using their underwater lights to stay in visual contact. Japanese fishermen use massive lights also because they attract squid, which the fishermen can then scoop up in their nets. In this case, the attraction to light was unfortunate because a huge squid was recorded on video reeling around as it attacked the outside of the sub, squirting copious amounts of ink at it. When the submarine crew shined a torch light on the angry squid to try and scare it away, the squid responded by thrashing the sub some more with its arms before swimming away. And the lesson is, don't shine bright lights at squid, unless you intend on catching them. To see the video, go to: behind-greenpeaces-squid-attacking-submarine-footage. What is more dangerous than sharks? Sure, sharks can be dangerous. But only if they attack, which is actually quite rare. In fact, the average number of unprovoked attacks per year worldwide is only 82, resulting in six to eight deaths per year on average. Also noteworthy is that out of more than 480 shark species, only three are responsible for the majority of fatal attacks on humans: the great white, tiger and bull. However, it's widely believed that oceanic whitetips have probably killed many people whose boat or ship went down (such as during wartime), leaving their passengers drifting at sea. But, don't stay out of the water worrying about sharks when there are other sinister killers out there you may not suspect. Believe it or not, on average, 2.1 people are killed by vending machines each year. Apparently, some people (mostly men) try to get free snacks by tilting and shaking vending machines, which do weigh quite a bit. Dozens of injuries occur each year when the machine topples over and lands on top of the snack snatchers. The unlucky ones are killed and didn't even get to enjoy their Twinkies. Escalators are even deadlier than vending machines, causing four to six deaths per year in the United States alone. Worst still are—and this is hard to believe—champagne corks that take the lives of more than 20 people per year, a third of which occur at weddings. No one expected "till death do you part" to happen that quickly. It's easier to fathom that about 25 people die in saunas annually, but what is really strange is the seemingly innocent coconut that, according to many websites, kills 150 unsuspecting humans annually. Upon further review, the coconut claim may be an Internet myth. However, it's entirely possible considering that a three-pound coconut, falling from a 25-ft. tree, could be traveling in excess of 50 miles per hour when it conks you on the head. So, if you're scared of sharks, you should relax and go for a swim, far away from escalators and vending machines. Just keep your eyes in the sky for falling coconuts.

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