Tagged With sharks

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The sighting of a seven-metre shark off the South Australia coast last year excited the world's media with some making reference to the great white that featured in the classic 1975 film Jaws. It was certainly a big shark but there are tales of even bigger beasts lurking in our waters.

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Of all apex predators, the white shark Carchardon carcharias (commonly known as the great white) is perhaps the most fascinating. The potential danger from (very rare) human interaction has embedded the species in our national consciousness.

New research has used genetic analysis in a world-first effort to accurately estimate Australian and New Zealand white shark numbers. The size of the total adult population might surprise you.

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Many foreigners consider Australia to be a supremely dangerous continent where 99.9 per cent of fauna wants to kill you. Australians, for their part, are oddly proud of this fact. (It means we have "harder" citizens, or something.)

But where do we actually rank globally when it comes to animal-related fatalities? This infographic from Man Vs Beast shows how we compare to the rest of the world. It also shows which animals are the deadliest.

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As any armchair ichthyologist will tell you, the most sensitive part of a shark is its electroreceptive snout. This has given rise to the belief that a sharp punch in the nose will repel almost any shark attack. As it turns out, this is usually a very bad idea that can result in losing your fingers, hand or even arm. Here's what you should do instead.

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Sharks don't really like the taste of people, but their poor vision and the splashing of beachgoers can lead to sharks confusing you for a tasty snack. Here's what you should do if you see a fin and the Jaws theme starts playing.

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Shark repellents range from liquid sprays made from dead sharks to a simple magnetic wrist band, but are any of them effective? Or are they sea snake oil for paranoid beachgoers? We take a look at the available products on the market.