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The International Shark Attack File investigated 130 shark incidents worldwide in 2018. (Photo: Shutterstock) The International Shark Attack File investigated 130 shark incidents worldwide in 2018. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Spielberg’s “Jaws” set in motion what would become one of humanity’s greatest fears — sharks. With most species having an average of 15 rows of teeth per jaw, these apex predators have a villainous reputation of being dangerous, bloodthirsty creatures.

While shark attacks are extremely rare — humans are at greater risk of dying from a bee sting or dog bite —  there were 130 shark incidents around the world in 2018. And as recent news coverage has reminded us, shark attacks can be unexpected and, at times, fatal.

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Heather A. Turner

Heather A. Turner is the managing editor of ALM's NU Property & Casualty Group. She can be reached at [email protected].

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