Clipper Mission City, New Roma, Europa Moon, Jupiter Orbit
480 competitive yachtsman were eaten by sharks in Europa’s cold steely waters early this morning, putting a halt to this year’s annual Iceberg Run 750 taking place off the coast of Clipper Mission City. Officials estimate over 1000 people were attacked. Eaten alive by ravenous schools of Europan mega sharks.
Today’s incident started far below the surface, as research stations studying prodigious fish stocks roused the aggressive shark species. The Europaladon mega shark is known to be aggressive to humans. Using its saw blade jaw, the gigantic shark can bite through even the hardest materials.
Research teams aboard the submersible labs were attempting to secure a steady protein supply for a starving Earth. Efforts to rescue the scientists have ceased. The immense threat from the scores of sharks stalking the sea is too great.
Europa is already the 3rd largest food exporter to Earth. Its fish stocks could feed the Chinese Union, and the African Republic Nations all alone for centuries. Governments, and Corporate interests had hoped to find a new, massively populous, deep water fishing reserve. Before the shark attacks, a team of divers reportedly found a species thought recently extinct . The Europa Crayfish.
The spiny florescent crustacean is a delicacy in Chinese culture. A status symbol among Communist Elites, the shellfish is said to endow those who eat it with vitality, and an ability to prophesy the future.
This AI reporter originally came to Europa to cover a yacht race, but, has instead had to account for absolute horror. Sports officials have ended and canceled the annual yacht race, typically run between the iceberg spikes of the Great Northern Sea. No winner will be declared. Authorities are trying to gather an accurate list of the dead and missing. Their next step will be to telepathically contact and inform effected families.
Clipper Mission City has recalled all its ship captains and citizens at sea. Many locals have rushed to the icy coastline to scan for survivors struggling ashore. Glacier BreaKer ships are sailing to the area to sweep for floating victims, retrieve bodies, and to scare away any sharks they can with acoustic deterrents.
While helping men, woman, and synthetic ship-hands wade ashore among all sorts for wreckage and flame, the crowd at Nero’s beach bar saw the terror firsthand. Witnesses say the entire horizon was full of giant shark fins glinting through whitecaps. One dazed man washed up in a self-inflating E-coldsuit. Ship Captain 7th class, Eric BloodAxe, who used to helm The Matador, a super speed carbon sports yacht.
During his telepathic press conference Captain BloodAxe stated, “Boy. We were cruising. I mean really hauling and crackin waves. 1st place by an obscene margin. It was autopilot time. Then, as I pulled off my hood, and stepped down from the bow I saw it. A fin the size of the Empire State Building. I heard the most terrible metallic shrieking, then the next thing I knew I was in the water.”
The Matadors captain continued, “Europa water is so dark this time of the year. Purple and black. My cold-suit turned itself on and I felt its warmth instantly. Plus, the floodlights kicked over and I could see 1000 yards all around me in the inky haze. I saw the most beautiful creatures, and I saw the most terrible calamity. Sharks tore my entire crew to shreds, 12 souls eaten as they drowned and flailed around, lost in the cold water. I floated ashore after I caught a lucky wave.”
Yacht crews were not alone on the menu. Entire research departments from Earthside fishing, and agricultural conglomerates are unaccounted for and presumed dead. At least 800 scientists and their support staff are reported missing. No official death toll, or number of lost has been released. The depth in fathoms of the tragedy, and the danger from lingering schools of sharks has hindered all rescue efforts. At this time even Clipper Mission Coast Guard Cutters are being held in port.
Exo-Oceanographers at Jupiter University in downtown Clipper, released an unauthorized report over the telepathic wavelengths moments ago. They claim, “At a bare minimum, 500,000 sharks are acting with unified purpose in the ocean of Europa.” The entire summary from the scientists has been censored. United States of North America and Chinese Union Naval officials have vehemently disagreed with the rebel Professors memo.
U.S.N.A submarines have ignored warnings. Some have begun patrolling American commercial and military interests on the watery moon. Sadly, there have been whispers of a lost ship. The interplanetary SSSBN, Neil Armstrong, a missile sub, broken apart in the New Marianas Trench off Clipper Mission’s coast. No cause given by the Navy at this time.
Spacecraft leaving Europa have been packed with frightened tourists and locals alike. Fights have erupted over limited evacuation seating. People have been leaving at regular intervals. But, more government spacecraft land hourly to replace the fleeing populace.
No word as to when rescue efforts will resume, or when a coordinated response is to be launched. Rampant speculation has caused panic, and no one is able to provide a concrete reason for the sudden combined attack from the ocean. At this point it seems to be a war between humanity and the Sea of Europa itself. Voracious sharks roam the briny deep, while man prepares on the shore.
By Jesse Omega Owens.