TENNESSEE — Video of a Tennessee woman explaining her summer safety tips — inspired by a recent spate of shark encounters in North Carolina — has been watched nearly 7 million times as the Fourth of July weekend approaches.
Veronica Nash Poleate’s humorous advice was posted to Facebook on June 28. She said she made the video because her “spirit was troubled” after seeing a report about a shark attack on the news.
“I’m not going to the ocean, because that’s the shark’s house,” she says in the video, which was recorded while driving, she said, to church.
“The shark has the right to eat you up when you in his house. When chickens come in my house, guess what? They get ate. When pigs come in my house, they on the plate.”
Then she took it one step further: warning her viewers not to go in the woods either because “that’s the bear’s house.”
Hundreds of commenters loved Poleate’s humorous take on a visit to the beach. Her video had been watched 6.9 million times — and counting — by Friday evening.
There have been at least seven shark encounters off the coast of North Carolina starting in June, officials said. That’s up from a total of four throughout the entire summer last year.