Sharks and Safety


If you follow my site, you know that I surf at Ponce Inlet which hails as the Non-Fatal Shark Attack Capital of the World.Drawing upon my own fun experiences; I often feel the need to help people avoid the unfortunate event of becoming a snack for a shark.

At first I was getting hard hitting questions about my readers such as:

Do you sharks observe maritime laws and thus stick mainly to commercial shipping routes?

Why do they only seem to attack beach towns during the summer on holiday weekends or use a recent tsunami to gain access to people in coastal towns?

The obvious way to help my confused readers was to first establish where a cautious surfer or bather could encounter a shark.

That is why first I posted The Simple Shark Test Made Easy!

Recently, I found this commentary from this lady whom I would believe is a marine biologist due to her deep sense of understanding how the animal kingdom works. It was so insightful that my only reaction was to post this life saving advice set to music.


The message from Veronica-Pooh Nash Poleate is especially important to residents and visitors to Florida. Especially the take-away that the best way to view the ocean is with binoculars. Thanks Veronica and thanks to Imitation Beats for mixing this message. The lives saved are immeasurable.

If you want to visit the beach in Florida or heck, even a mall or store – use extreme caution! Between your door and the safety of the destination lies a myriad of potential disasters. Rattlesnakes, dengue carrying mosquitoes, pythons, bigfoot, and a long list of other creatures abound here.

  • Travel in groups and designate one person as the shooter.
  • Bring binoculars…duh!
  • Scout out all areas between the safety of the car and your door.

A casual stroll to the beach could have you fighting a panther, bear, jellyfish, or an alligator!

So remember…live life to the fullest. Stay indoors!!!





About 1stpeaksteve

Welcome to The Side Wedge! The Side Wedge is a product of the journey through life of Steve Zima. Former professional surfer, a writer, surf coach, and hospitality manager. This is a collection of travel tips, motivation, and stories from my past. Finally, I offer surf coaching through The Side Wedge. Please feel free to contact me with questions if you want to improve your performance today! Thanks for reading!
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2 Responses to Sharks and Safety

  1. John Hughes says:

    Hello Steve- I am the executive director of the Florida Surf Museum. I found your blog during a google search. We have a webpage dedicated to preserving our history and I would like to know if you would be interested in contributing articles to our webpage. It would be great to have a contributor from the New Smyrna/Ponce area to add to our entries. Please check out our website and facebook page to get an idea of our format. Mahalo- John Hughes

    • 1stpeaksteve says:

      John, I sent an e-mail to the museum. Thanks for dropping by the site and after reading the message, you will probably laugh at how connected we might actually be!



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