Why So Sensationalism, Coast Weakly?

Letter writers reply that the kayaker got what he deserved.

Were going to need more sensationalism

This article takes the entirely wrong perspective (“Great white shark attacks kayak off Cannery Row,” posted March 31). If there were a shark at Safeway, I would get the hysteria. Instead this story boils down to, “Shark tastes kayak, occupant unscathed except soiled wetsuit.” Recapping: There are white sharks in Monterey Bay. They eat sea lions. There are sea lions on the Breakwater. Dude was kayaking near the Breakwater. A shark in its kitchen came to check out dude’s kayak. Dude was not “attacked” by the shark – his kayak was tasted by the landlord. Dude apparently forgot the lease agreement and is freaking out (as we all would). For being “plucked from the jaws of a white shark” as another article stated, dude is abnormally fine. Patrick Webster | via web

Why do people act all surprised if a shark attacks them? You’re in their environment. They think it’s food. You think they’re gonna nudge it and ask for Grey Poupon?! Hopefully there was a successful hunt and it got to eat. Terese Sinclair | via Facebook

It would be appreciated if your writers would stop making the great white out to be killers. The article is atrocious and the writer should be ashamed. These animals are already a target and killed without remorse even though the chances of being attacked by one is less than that of being struck by lightning. I am appalled that in a community that is about conservation and protecting marine life that this article was written with such malice toward these beautiful animals. I saw the bite marks on the kayak and while I’m sure it was scary for the individual it was clear the shark had no intention of making the kayak a meal. Geoffrey Wade Buckles | via Facebook

Alternate title: Great white shark explores kayak, learns it’s not food. Kristin Molle | via Facebook

Why So Sensationalism, Coast Weakly?