Close to Shore: The Terrifying Shark Attacks of 1916 Topics for Discussion

Michael Capuzzo
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Why did many people in the coastal regions of New Jersey not believe that the attacks on several swimmers were sharks? How were sharks perceived by fishermen and others who had knowledge of the ocean and marine life? What sea animals did some think were responsible for the attacks of 1916?

Why was it unusual for a great white shark to be in a creek? Why is it impossible for sharks to live very long in fresh water? What does the shark's body sink when it is killed?

What are some reasons why sharks sometimes attack people? What animals do sharks mistake swimmers for? Do sharks find humans a tasty part of their diets?

What modern novel was based, in part, on the shark attacks on the New Jersey coastline of 1916? How did Peter Benchley's novel impact the legacy and legend of the great white shark? How is...

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