The Times, July 28, 2017

This kind of thing does make me cross. Some numbskull sees the word ‘shark’ (or ‘spider’ or ‘snake’) and thinks, ‘Ooh, scary!’ The fact is that almost all sharks, including this species, will not attack humans unless provoked. Many consider sharks (and spiders and snakes) to be interesting and beautiful. It is thoughtless to indulge in this kneejerk reaction, childish to use the word ‘scary’, and a cliche to mention Jaws. Incidentally, so what if the photographer comes from Cincinnati (which is several hundred miles from the sea)? The question is, where was the shark? Grrr.

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