In that moment, an awful feeling swept over him as the continued cries, louder now, "Watch out!" rang from the beach. Seconds before the attack a shiver traveled down his spine -- humans are gifted, as are all large mammals, with the instinctive ability to detect that they are being hunted. As the creature's shadow merged with his on the bright sandy floor of the sea, he experienced an adrenal explosion, the overpowering natural urge to live. He was in only three and a half feet of water, close to shore. Safety was at hand. But it was too late.

Close To Shore

Michael Capuzzo
Trade Paperback
Broadway | Nature
May 2002 $14.95

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