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A Shark Made a Hole in This Hull

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This canoe was hit by a shark in the lagoon. The resulting hole was large enough to fill the boat quickly with water. Attacks like that were previously unknown inside the lagoon, but occur occasionally outside the reef. The sailors were quickly picked up by another canoe which towed the damaged one home. This picture gives some clues about canoe construction and repair. They are made of thin (1/4 inch) plywood and coated with cheap paints which do not protect the wood very much.