After shark attack on nude beach: No worries, say Miami’s buff sun worshipers

miamiherald | 7/14/2017 | Staff
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Manfred Gerber isn’t letting one stinkin’ shark stop him from his daily routine. He’s 89 and for the past three decades he’s been walking the beach daily and swimming in the ocean at Haulover Park — naked as a jay bird.

“It’s how I stay healthy, live so long,” Gerber said, before slowly descending back into the mild surf, the small white caps first enveloping his calves, then covering his exposed buttocks, and finally, the rest of his bronzed and fit body.

Just - Days - Swimmer - Haulover - Shark

Just days after a swimmer at Haulover was bitten by a shark, life has returned to normal at the most popular beach in the U.S. for nude sun worshipers. Normal, as in nobody on this stretch of sand is wearing a stitch.

Even as storm clouds gathered and threatened late Thursday afternoon, dozens of people lay in the sand, strolled along its shoreline, frolicked in the water and drank beer under tiki huts.

Manfred - Gerber - Yrs - Surf - Haulover

Manfred Gerber, 89 yrs. old, enjoys the surf at Haulover Beach. He has been coming to this stretch of beach for the last 25 yrs and he's not about to let a shark attack this week disrupt his routine.

Gerber said he was in the water last weekend when Elvin Lanza, 44, took nasty bites to both his lower legs. Other swimmers, he said, were back in almost as soon as rescue workers bandaged Lanza’s gashes and took him to Aventura Hospital, where his mother said he was expected to fully recover.

Gerber - Attack - Luck

Gerber believes the attack was just random bad luck.

“It’s really the first time in 25 years that I have witnessed such an incident,’’ he said. “It happens, you know.”

Shark - Attacks - Waters - Record - Experts

Shark attacks are rare in Miami-Dade waters, with only 15 known on record. Experts say nudity could, at least potentially, make some swimmers more appetizing to a wandering shark — especially...
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