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WHEN SHARKS BECOME SERIAL KILLERS

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WHAT MAKES A SHARK GO ROGUE

According to the experts, a rogue shark is one that repeatedly and aggressively attacks humans in the same location. Shark science is only a few decades old. For most of the last century, little was known about how, why, or what sharks attacked. But in Australia, in the late ’50s, Sir Victor Coppleson from Sydney developed “rogue theory”. Coppleson was a surgeon and wanted to know why he was suddenly treating so many shark attack victims. In1958, he wrote a book called Shark Attack. He obtained as much data for each incident as possible — water temp, time of day, topography— which is standard today, but was ground breaking at the time. According to Coppleson’s research, rogue sharks are usually old or sick sharks that are after an easy meal. Sadly, humans are pretty easy.

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