Brief History of America’s Fear of Sharks

"Great White Shark" by Elias Levy licensed under CC BY 2.0
Great White Shark” by Elias Levy licensed under CC BY 2.0

Source: Nat Geo

National Geographic offers an in-depth look at America’s fear of sharks, rooted in a history of attacks that remain too prominent in the minds of beach-goers today.

During the early 20th century, a series of attacks along the East Coast brought to ‘question’ whether sharks were actually man-eating beasts, and even after a number of people had died from being eaten alive or bleeding to death from shark attacks, others remained skeptical.

If was during these years that going to the beach became a popular pass-time and thousands of Americans made more time to enjoy beach days; it was also during this time that people finally became exposed to sharks as a true danger after several attacks, as the likelihood of attacks increased with the number of beach-goers.

A number of films banked on America’s fear of the water beast, including the famous 1975 drama film, Jaws. Despite the unlikelihood of shark attacks, America’s fear persists.

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