What Eats People, Part 2: Requiem Sharks

Most of the dangerous sharks in the world belong to the requiem family (Carcharinhidae). Of the 52 member species, about two dozen are dangerous to people. It's hard to tell the requiem sharks apart, so not everyone agrees on which species have actually killed people. There's no doubt about these:

The tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) has killed surfers, divers, and the victims of shipwrecks.

The bull shark (a.k.a. Zambezi shark, Lake Nicaragua shark; Carcharhinus leucas) occasionally takes people in the ocean and even in rivers.

Video: National Geographic report on bull shark attacks:

The blue (a.k.a. blue whaler, great blue; Prionace glauca), famous for its feeding frenzies, is another shark prompt to take corpses and survivors of shipwrecks.

Video: Blue shark feeding:

More Info:
Shark Attacks: Inside the Mind of the Ocean's Most Terrifying Predator (National Geographic Shorts) by Gordon Grice

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