Villain or Sophisticate?

By: Louise de Waal

Apr 24 2011

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Category: Wildlife

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The Great White shark, as it is generally known, or Carcharodon carcharias is not only an incredibly beautiful and sophisticated animal, it also holds a key role as an apex predator in marine ecosystems. Unfortunately, ever since the Spielberg blockbuster Jaws featured in 1975, the shark has been portrayed as a villain and a human killing machine.

White sharks do occasionally attack humans, who find themselves in shark territory, but as to why they attack is still somewhat of a mystery. However according to the Save Our Seas ‘Rethink the Shark’ campaign, you are significantly more likely to be killed by a defective toaster or falling off a chair than by a White shark. Maybe that is a good enough reason to rethink the design of the chair…?

For more info on these highly intelligent, beautiful and inquisitive marine animals, please check our blog on sharks. (Gansbaai, South Africa)