shark tales #1: who is the real victim?

In less than a month Shruthi and I will join Mike Horn aboard S/Y PANGAEA for a Shark Project. We are hoping to break the stereotypes associated with the bad image sharks get in our media and make you believe they are truly incredible animals. Here is an excellent blog post written by Shruthi about how media tend to value sensationalism over facts. And the facts and statistics show you that sharks are not the mindless killing machines many people perceive them to be.

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“why on earth would you swim with sharks?”

“do you have life insurance?”

“you’re nuts!”

“how on earth can you let your daughter do such a thing?”

Sharks after all are pretty dangerous creatures. From their multiple rows of sharp teeth, agile bodies that slice through the water to their extraordinary sense of smell – especially of blood! The latest Hollywood movie, ‘The Shallows’ seems to have captured these attributes pretty well. It follows the story of a stranded surfer, trying to survive a great white attack, and fortunately murdering the shark in the final moments before it attacks her. Phew.

We’ve all heard the stories. A shark attack story rarely misses our headlines and a quick google of ‘shark films’ shows us a great variety of horrors and thrillers to help us better experience and understand the terror these creatures bring about. 

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About Zofia Drapella

I always seek adventures, but want them to be meaningful (usually related to science, marine biology, teaching). I so often find myself in the most amazing circumstances and incredible places with inspiring people. I genuinely consider myself to be the luckiest person in the world... I love nature, oceans, mountains, jungles. I try my best to capture what I have the privilege to see/experience and share it with others.
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