Shark Myths

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by: Jennifer Viegas
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If you close your eyes and listen to some shark tales, you could imagine sharks as mythical creatures, larger than life, like Loch Ness or Bigfoot, their legends becoming more fantastical with each telling. Somehow the falsehoods perpetuated about sharks over the centuries, along with outrageous thriller fiction movie claims, have interwoven with actual information about these magnificent big fish. To separate myth from reality, Discovery contacted Samuel Gruber, a professor of marine biology at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and one of the world's leading shark experts. Here is his take on some common beliefs about sharks.

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