Great White Sharks Existence In The Modern World Essay

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“The big shark followed. No one asked what kind of shark it was; there was no question. Everything about it, from its size to its color to its shape to the cold ineluctability of its assault, broadcast its identity: Great White Shark.” (Lawrence, 57) The great white shark, commonly known as the most dangerous predator to lurk the seas, has been given names and symbols that superficially anthropomorphize its existence on earth. (Chivers, 22) To most scientists and field researchers, great white sharks are mystical and fascinating creatures that are important parts of the eco-system. But to the average human, sharks are demonized into vicious monsters. (Kimly, 4) The reasons for the demonization of the great whites are humans’ superficial anthropomorphism attitudes that sharks choose to eat humans as their prey. These beliefs are enforced by the media and society seeking to over-spectacularize the species. The fear that the media forces upon humans to feel about sharks has been transformed into fascination and obsession with the animals. Hunters are now encouraged to kill the great whites to support the widely popular shark-fin industry in Asia as well as to report back to the American beaches that they will be free from shark attacks. (D, 4) While great white sharks have an evil reputation that has lead to over-hunting and a spot on the endangered species list, scientists now have a goal to undo the superficial anthropomorphism that human beings have created in order to save the species. People often superficially anthropomorphize animals, inclined to interpret an animal’s behavior or temperament on the basis of surface qualities that are unrelated to those that actually regulate it. (Lockwood, 43) Humans most commonly have given sharks a negative meaning because of their daunting physical features and the unlikely event when they attack humans. Through movies

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