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In-depth: The Truth About Shark Attacks
by Robin Marks
That's what some people call surfers at Santa Cruz, California, and other spots around the world reputed to have
Between 1926 and 2004, there were a total of six confirmed shark attacks in the Santa Cruz area, none of them fatal. In fact, in 2004, there were only 30 shark attacks in the entire United States, and only two of them resulted in death. In contrast, that same year in the United States more than 32,000 people were killed in car accidents, 3,900 died in fires and 22 were killed by dogs.
It's common sense that humans aren't shark food; we're not built like seals and sea lions. Sharks prefer an energy-providing layer of fat to the flesh of us comparatively lean humans. In fact, great white sharks have been known to spit out human tissue, not finding it desirable enough to even bother swallowing.
"International Shark Attack File," Florida Museum of Natural History
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