26 April 2012 10:37 AM | By James Francis
8 Questions About Shark Attacks

Why Do Sharks Attack Humans?



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Why Do Sharks Attack Humans?
It might not hurt to consider, for a moment at least, a shark to be like a dog. It sniffs around, looks for opportunities, and is not above casually chewing on something to see if it is edible. Slow-moving things like humans in or on top of water must be quite hard for these curious predators to ignore. Once interested, sharks then make use their only means of sampling something - their razor-lined mouths. The result is a nasty bite and sometimes a severed limb, with a disinterested shark slinking off; they don't recognise human blood as part of their diet. But sharks have been known to make opportunistic kills - especially on divers or people swimming alone.

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