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Shark attacks continue to be misunderstood

An Australian scientist says the absence of shark attacks in what is known to be a shark hot spot underscores the difficulties in predicting where sharks may strike. It fact, it highlights the poor state of knowledge into shark behavior and habits in general.

The truth is, he says, the predatory behavior of the ocean's most feared creatures is the subject more of half-truths and conjecture than scientific understanding.

Less uncertain is the public appetite for tales of danger from the deep. And a run of shark attacks over Christmas has made this summer of fear no exception.

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