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Your Favorite Shark?

There are so many different types of sharks - which is your favorite?


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Shark Attacks

  • 10 Most Dangerous Places for Shark Attacks
    You've heard the stat. You're more likely to be struck by lightning than be attacked by a shark. Still, wouldn't it be nice to know that your next aquatic destination doesn't fall on this list?
  • Are dogs a shark's favorite meal?
    Perhaps you prefer a nice filet mignon with a red wine reduction, but according to one source, dogs are a shark's favorite meal. Where do they find pups in the deep?
  • Can flapping fish really attract sharks?
    If you want to attract someone's attention, you wave. But sometimes, wildly flailing about can bring the wrong kind of interest. Do flapping fish beckon to hungry sharks?
  • Can I survive a shark attack by gouging out its eyes?
    A shark is coming at you. It opens its mouth wide, bearing teeth. Will you be able to reach around and poke it in the eyes without losing an arm?
  • Can playing dead help save me from a shark attack?
    If it works for bears, can it work for sharks? If you're swimming alone, it might not be the best idea. But if you're surrounded by scores of thrashing swimmers, playing dead might help you escape the shark's notice.
  • Can wearing magnets really repel sharks?
    Sharks scare us to death. What scares them? Magnets. Researchers have tossed magnets in the water and watched the sharks dart away. But what could be so repugnant about a magnet?
  • Could ancient Aztecs have held the secret to fending off shark attacks?
    Burning ghost peppers is known to ward off elephants. Could chili peppers stave off sharks? The Aztecs thought so and dragged the peppers from strings through the ocean water.
  • How strong is a shark's bite?
    It's scary enough to imagine a shark's toothy jaw snapping at your half-submerged body in the ocean. But the actual impact of its massive mouth clamping down? Surprisingly wimpy.
  • Quiz Yourself: Shark Attack
    Many shark attacks, while deadly, are mistakes. So why do sharks attack humans? And how can you avoid being mistaken for prey next time you're at the beach?
  • Top 10 Shark Attack Stories
    "Jaws" scared movie audiences into staying away from the water. But for some, especially some free-diving abalone hunters, a bloodthirsty shark isn't just a story.

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