A close encounter with a shark is often considered the ultimate thrill for an adventure junkie. And, I was lucky enough to experience a cage dive of my own earlier this year.Gansbaai, South Africa:
|Sharks are all man-eaters:|
Humans are not food for sharks. The ones involved in such incidents are often hunting for similar-sized prey to humans, such as seals or dolphins.
|Sharks attack people often:|
You are more likely to be struck by lightning than attacked by a shark. There were only seven shark-related human deaths in 2012 compared to around 73 million sharks killed annually by people.
|All sharks are big with lots of sharp teeth:|
There are more than 400 different species, and they come in a variety of shapes and sizes. And not all have a mouth full of teeth for tearing flesh.
|Sharks are not important:|
They play an important role in marine communities and help maintain the delicate balance of life.
|Nothing can hurt them: Sharks grow relatively slowly, take many years to mature, producing only a few offspring. They also suffer from the large and growing demand for shark fins, and the general lack of fishing regulations. |
Source: World Wildlife Fund