“The shark has the right to eat you up when you get in his house”

By Alex Heigl
Updated July 09, 2015 02:45 PM

Veronica-Pooh Nash Poleate is a University of Tennessee guidance counselor. As part of her job, she dispenses advice, and as part of her leisure time she … also dispenses advice.

Poleate uploaded a video called “Summer Safety Tips” to Facebook on June 28. Inspired by the recent spate of shark attacks off the North Carolina coast, Poleate urges people to be “mindful” while visiting the beach.

“You watch the ocean from a distance,” she cautions. “Go to the beach, don’t go to the ocean. The ocean is the shark’s house.”

Poleate continues: “The shark has the right to eat you up when you get in his house. When chickens come in my house, guess what? They get ate. When pigs come in my house, they on my plate.”

Poleate’s advice has – just in time for Shark Week – gone rapidly viral. The initial Facebook video now has over 11 million views, and she created a second Facebook page to help deal with the overflow of attention from strangers across the Internet.

Oh, and in case sharks aren’t the first thing on your mind, Poleate’s got other common predators covered as well: “Stay out of the woods also Bears will eat you up.”