The scars many whales bear throughout their lives resulting from shark attacks are more than sufficient evidence sharks will have a go if an opportunity arises.
A pair of killer whales are hunting and preying on South Africa's great white sharks, forcing the sharks to flee.
Roaming the ancient seas eons ago, the megalodon shark eviscerated its prey with jaws that were 10 feet wide.
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A terrifying sight in ancient waters, the megalodon shark was once the most feared creature in the sea.
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As the oceans warmed, great whites were more adaptable.
Great white sharks are not normally thought of as social creatures.
Researchers have discovered that great white sharks are more social than previously thought. Using specialized tags, they tracked six sharks and found that some stay close to each other when hunting.
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The death of 57-year-old Paul Millachip at Fremantle’s Port Beach is a reminder that shark bites, though rare, can be tragic. New research aims to reduce the risk by understanding sharks’ vision.
Blue sharks, which are prized for their fins, swimming off Cape Point in South Africa.
Sharks grow slowly and produce few young compared to bony fishes. In many cases, this means that their populations are fished out faster than can be replenished if not well managed.
A high seas treaty could help rebuild populations – but time is running out.
You’re more likely to drown at a beach than be killed by a shark. But there are things people can do to reduce the already low risk even further.
The CSIRO has provided new estimates of population sizes for White Sharks in Australian waters.
How many shark encounters have there been at your local beach? Explore our interactive map to see 20 years of incidents between humans and sharks in coastal waters around Australia.
Estimating shark numbers is extremely difficult and very contentious.
New research has used genetic analysis in a world-first effort to accurately estimate Australian and New Zealand white shark numbers.
White sharks’ ability to stay warm in cold water makes them efficient long-range hunters.
Fatal shark bites are very rare. But the stats do suggest that the likelihood of an attack proving fatal is higher in Australia - probably because our waters are home to the “big three” dangerous species.
A shark’s nose is chemosensory only, and it doesn’t join up to the back of the throat like ours does.
Sharks can’t sneeze like we do, but they can do other cool tricks – like making their stomach stick out of their mouth to get rid of unwanted stuff.
Helicopters hover over Bondi Beach after spotting a shark.
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LIfeguards could potentially have a new ally in the fight to reduce shark incidents: drones that can spot when a shark swims nearby, and automatically alert authorities.
Shelly Beach near Ballina, one of the new shark net locations, was the scene of a fatal shark attack in February 2015.
Shark nets are controversial, which is why the New South Wales government is investigating a host of other ways to keep humans and sharks apart – some more tried and tested than others.
Mako sharks look fearsome, but they eat fish not people.
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If you do see a shark this summer, don’t panic – you just got lucky.
An electric field could help avoid getting any closer than this.
Independent tests show that a wearable electric deterrent called a Shark Shield does indeed seem to live up to its name.
Loving our monsters? We’ll learn more by researching sharks than by kiling them.
The best way to guard against shark attacks is to study them, not kill them. Because while the alleged “shark boom” almost certainly not real, the more we know about sharks, the better.
An artist’s impression of the giant shark, megalodon.
Giant sharks did once exist in our oceans – many millions of years ago. But rumours persist that some may still be alive today.
Great White Shark: something to be treasured.
How new technologies and changing attitudes are enabling people and great whites to live together.