Most people view sharks negatively. And after seeing Jaws I can't say I blame them. But every so often a rare "feel good"story comes along that needs to be shared. The fact that it's about a shark makes it all the better.
A Kiribati policeman who was stranded at sea, adrift on a small wooden boat for 15 weeks, credits an unusual saviour for his rescue - a shark.
Toakai Teitoi, who had flown from his home island Maiana to the Kiribati capital of Tarawa for his swearing-in as a policeman on May 27, decided to make the trip back by boat with his brother-in-law - a two-hour journey by sea, Agence France Presse reported.
The pair stopped along the way to fish and sleep overnight but woke the next morning to discover they had drifted out of sight of Maiana, AFP reported. They soon ran out of fuel.
"We had food, but the problem was we had nothing to drink," Teitoi told the news agency.
His brother-in-law fell sick and died on July 4.
Rainfall allowed Teitoi to collect fresh water to drink, but he continued to drift.
On Sept. 11, he said he awoke from a nap to a scratching sound and looked to the water where he saw a six-foot shark circling the boat and bumping the hull. The shark swam off after it got his attention, AFP reported.
"He was guiding me to a fishing boat," Teitoi told AFP. "I looked up and there was the stern of a ship and I could see crew with binoculars looking at me."
Kiribati is an island nation in the central tropical Pacific that straddles the equator.