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Biggest myth about sharks debunked

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That sharks represent a risk to swimmers and surfers isn’t news to beachgoers. But these predators are not actually looking to feed on humans.

To better understand why a tiny number of sharks do sometimes bite people, we interviewed George Burgess, director of the Florida Program for Shark Research and manager of the International Shark Attack File.

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