In May of 2020, as the coronavirus was ramping up, we published an article about an unusual occurrence, shark sightings in the town of Bethel. The article was titled, "Sharks Cause Frenzy In Bethel, Multiple 'Attacks' Reported.' The Bethel Sharks responded to our article and stated;

We are the Bethel Social Distancing Sharks!  We LOVED the story you wrote about us. We started our Shark Attacks just to make people laugh and smile during this difficult time and to maybe entertain the Bethel kids a little too!  We had NO idea that us sharks would become so popular so fast. We have been trying to honor neighborhood and birthday requests as best as we can.  The requests have greatly increased in the last 24 hours.

For their work in the Bethel community over the last two years, the Bethel Grapevine reports the "Bethel Sharks" were honored with formal proclamations from the Town of Bethel and the State of Connecticut.


Not only were they responsible for putting smiles on the faces of children and adults in Bethel, but through the sale of shark merchandise, the Sharks raised over $7,000 for the Bethel Food Pantry. BRAVO!

After the Sharks received their awards, the brother and sister team of Kyle and Laurel Stejskal came forward to reveal they were proud of their work as the Bethel Sharks. Kyle (Skipper Shark) is currently a freshman and an architecture major at Marywood University in Scranton, PA., and Laurel (Shakira Shark) is a student studying criminal justice at the University of New Haven.


Check out the video of the Bethel Sharks receiving their proclamation at Berry School by clicking this link.


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