Shark Attack Survivors Don't Forget But Do Forgive

Publication: Associated Press

Author: John Heilprin

09/13/2010 - They have the scars and missing limbs that make it hard to forgive, but these victims are tougher than most. And now they want to save their attackers. They are shark attack survivors, a band of nine thrown together in an unlikely and ironic mission to conserve the very creatures that ripped their flesh, tore off their limbs and nearly took their lives.

They want nations to adopt a resolution that would require them to greatly improve how fish are managed, including shark species of which nearly a third are threatened with extinction or on the verge of being threatened.


"If a group like us can see the value in saving sharks, can't everyone?" asked Florida shark bite victim Debbie Salamone, 44, whose Achilles tendon was severed in a 2004 attack.

Salamone, a former journalist, joined the Washington-based nonprofit Pew Environment Group and recruited like-minded shark attack survivors to work for shark conversation.

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