2007-09-14 / Community

From A Kid's Perspective,Any Shark Is HUGE

The "shark mania" that pervaded in Rockaway last weekend - brought on by a sick thresher shark that came to die on our shores - continued, as the Welch family of Far Rockaway found a sand shark in Rockaway Beach on Labor Day. Five-year-old Trent, seen holding the creature, and his younger brother, Calvin, 3, were afraid to touch the shark at first, according to their mother, Julie-Ann. But their father, Peter, brought them in for a closer look and the kids' curiosity took over. The 2-and-one-half-foot shark, also known as a smooth dogfish, appears larger and more menacing in Trent's hands than it does from a different angle and in the hands of an adult.

Sand sharks, or smooth dogfish, like the one seen here, are commonly found in shallow water from Canada to South America during this time of year. They feed on small fish and shellfish on the ocean floor, and are harmless to humans. The small sharks are often caught and thrown back, dead or injured, by fishermen to whom they have no value. Sand sharks, or smooth dogfish, like the one seen here, are commonly found in shallow water from Canada to South America during this time of year. They feed on small fish and shellfish on the ocean floor, and are harmless to humans. The small sharks are often caught and thrown back, dead or injured, by fishermen to whom they have no value.

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