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by: Jennifer Viegas
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In this case, there is some truth to the statement, but only for certain shark species. Gruber said the great white does appear to look at silhouettes from below. He thinks the shape of some surfboards fools the sharks into believing they are viewing a pinniped, such as a seal, walrus or sea lion. Gruber is quick to point out that "far more surfers drown or die from other causes each year," so the chances of a surfer being taken out by a shark are still minimal.

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