Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 19, 2013

Attacking myths: Woman raises awareness for most-feared fish

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A shark will bite, then release once he realizes his unintended prey, she said, but because humans are so fragile, the encounters can be fatal.

Fortunately, shark attacks are relatively rare. A 2011 study reveals that 12 people were killed worldwide by sharks. But in that same year, 11,417 sharks were killed by humans — each hour.

But Wigren does not downplay tragic human-shark encounters. Preventing such tragedies from occurring is of paramount importance to AWSC.

Sharks have been citizens of the world’s oceans for more than 400 million years, Wigren said. “They have perfectly evolved and adapted to their environment. The only threat to their existence is us.”

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To learn more about the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, visit the group’s website: www.atlanticwhiteshark.org.

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Details for this story were provided by Kathleen Downey, a reporter for the Newburyport (Mass.) Daily News

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