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Why This Summer’s Shark Panic Lacks Its Usual Bite

Why This Summer’s Shark Panic Lacks Its Usual Bite

For weeks I have attempted to enlist friends to come to the beach with me. Many have declined this invitation, not in the name of social distancing but for fear of another deadly threat lurking in the water: sharks

Visions of pointed grey fins cutting through waves have long been the stuff of summer nightmares, thanks to that forever-terrifying 1975 blockbuster, Jaws. This year in particular, though, the panic has peaked.

Reports of sightings in the Northeast are on the rise, maybe because frightened beach-goers are paying more attention to the water after a 63-year-old New Yorker named Julie Dimperio Holowach was attacked and killed by a great white in Maine last month

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