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Dec 01, 2010


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I find it refreshing that a conservationist is proferring a very plausible explanation for why a pelagic shark not normally known to forage in shallow waters opportunistically preyed upon a known, tertiary prey item (human beings), i.e., a depletion of natural fish stocks in its natural habitat. Given that Oceanic Whitetips have a well documented history of devouring people after maritime disasters, it seems this (ahem) "one" shark may be more than the elusive "rogue" shark of myth and lore, but a possible harbinger of adaptive survival strategies in changing marine ecosystems around the globe.

Conspicuously, the factual record here tends to disprove the commonly proffered, exculpatory gibberish that nearly all shark attacks involve "investigatory" bites. To the contrary, most legitimate shark attacks are simple acts of predation by a generalist feeder.

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