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Zero bite: Governor Jared Polis brags about equaling Colorado for the fewest shark attacks

DENVER – Governor Jared Polis has reason to be proud of Colorado: Not only is it a great place to ski and snowboard, but no state has done a better job protecting people from shark attacks.

The Democratic governor took to social media Monday to say Colorado has never suffered a shark attack, a distinction shared by 21 other landlocked states as well as New Hampshire, according to an attached table.

“Colorado is tied for the state with the fewest shark attacks!” Mr. Polis tweeted.

His decision to plug the state’s strong history into predatory diversion from the ocean was followed by a tourism pitch from Polis’ press secretary Conor Cahill, contrasting the state’s benefits from the centenary with those of States more risky for sharks.

“With the lowest obesity rate in the country, Coloradians are known to be healthy and lean and sharks know they won’t eat much here,” Cahill said in a statement to the Denver Post. “Colorados and others around the world love to explore our mountains, rivers, lakes and plains while safely avoiding dangerous shark swarms in other less attractive destinations like Texas, California and Florida.”

The governor could also come up with a potential campaign theme before his candidacy for re-election in 2022 in what is expected to be a hectic electoral cycle for Democrats.

Then again, this isn’t the first time Mr. Polis has bragged about Colorado’s unblemished record in keeping sharks at bay.

“Colorado is one of the safest states against shark attacks,” Polis said in an October 4, 2020 post on Facebook. “There has never been a shark attack in Colorado in all of history [of] our state.

Lest fact-checkers accuse him of making unsubstantiated allegations, Mr Polis linked to a Florida Museum of Natural History painting of confirmed unprovoked shark attacks since 1837, showing Colorado no. has no history of such predatory behavior.

The same can’t be said for Florida, which leads the country with 868 shark attacks, according to the museum.

As everyone knows, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is a Republican, a sign that the GOP may be vulnerable on the issue of shark safety.

Several puzzled commentators noted that the graphic posted by Mr. Polis on Twitter indicated that Kentucky, Missouri and New Mexico had each suffered from a shark attack although they were not exposed to it. ocean, but the governor’s information appears to be correct.

In Missouri, Kathi Peters and her husband were performing with six nurse sharks at the St. Louis Boat and Sports Show in 1996 when she was bitten on the hand by a shark named Bob, according to the Rolla Daily News.

In New Mexico, Ken Pitts, senior aquarist at the Albuquerque Aquarium, was bitten on the left arm by a sand shark while feeding fish in 2005, as reported by the Albuquerque Journal.

The Shark Attack Data website said Kentucky had seen an induced shark attack, although no details were given.

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