Shark-attack survivor fights to protect them

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California woman who survived a near-deadly shark attack is now fighting to save the storied, yet often dangerous fish.

Maria Korcsmaros was training for an Ironman competition when she was attacked in May off the coast of Newport Beach. A shark chewed into her side, ribs and liver.

Two lifeguards pulled Korcsmaros from the ocean when they noticed the water turning red, and paramedics kept her heart beating on the way to the hospital.

Now six months later, Korcsmaros has taken to handing out posters and asking people to sign a petition supporting legislation for more shark protection, the Orange County Register reports.

Sharks are targeted for their fins, used to make soup.

“A shark can’t swim if it has no fin. That’s just cruelty to animals,” Korcsmaros said. “Just because a shark bit me … I don’t think a shark should die for shark fin soup.”

Korcsmaros said she wants to learn more about sharks, and about how to keep safe if she gets back into the open ocean and how her 16-year-old son can avoid attack if he decides to dive with the sharp-toothed fish — something he’s always wanted to do.

Korcsmaros isn’t so sure she’ll join him.

on that adventure: “I’m a little, um, nervous.”

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Information from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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