Fishing: Shark-Eating Men

Hunters have a habit of excusing the rhino's evil temper (he's nearsighted) and the rogue elephant's murderous charge (he probably has a toothache). But hardly anybody has a good word for the shark. On any coastline, the cry "Shark!" is guaranteed to produce 1) instant panic in the local chamber of commerce, and 2) a sudden boom in swimming-pool sales. Sailors blaze away at passing sharks with rifles and shotguns, ichthyologists denounce them as witless garbage disposals, and many a fisherman disgustedly reels in his bait at the first glimpse of a...

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