They are three words that to most people conjure an image of the great white shark from the movie Jaws. Depending on how you emphasize them, they can have very different meanings.
Man-eating shark is the one that most of you are familiar with in the context of horror movies and sensationalized news reports of shark attacks. The reality is that shark attacks worldwide range from 70 to 100 per year with only 5 to 15 resulting in death, which is insignificant when compared to other ways that people die during the year.
Man eating shark is a more common phenomenon than you might think. Often shark meat sells under less innocuous names; monkfish, also known as “the poor man’s lobster”, is actually the smooth-back angel shark. The increasing demand for shark fin soup is responsible for the largest increase in the death rate of sharks. Estimates are that humans kill 100 million sharks every year.
The next time you watch the movie Jaws, you might consider rooting for the shark.