Great White Sharks
Can't see the difference between their typical prey and humans swimming or paddling on surfboards
Some shark attacks are cases of mistaken identity, according to a new study.
Researchers Filmed Seals And Humans
In water and edited the footage so that it matched the vision of juvenile great white sharks, which pose the greatest risk to human surfers.
Found that the shape and motion of humans look the same as seals from a shark's perspective.
The Study, Published Oct. 26
In the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, is the first to test the theory that sharks attack humans because they mistake people for prey.
Study Lead Author Laura Ryan
"White sharks are often portrayed as ‘mindless killers’ and ‘fond of human flesh,’ however, this does not seem to be the case, we just look like their food,"