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Re: Great White spotted near Key West
While the great white shark gets most of the publicity, in reality, the most dangerous shark is the bull shark. It's far more aggressive than the great white, travels up to 600 miles into freshwater find find food and is responsible for far more fatal attacks on people than the GW. Ironically, a fish species inflicts far more serious injuries on people than all the shark species combined - bluefish. You'll find all this information in a book entitled "Dangerous Marine Animals."
That Bull Sharks are more dangerous than Great White Sharks (or Tiger sharks for that matter) is debatable, and based primarily on the assumption that many attacks by Bulls are mistakenly attributed to Great Whites. However, Great Whites account for far more attributed unprovoked attacks.
In any case, I wouldn't mess with any of them. I once saw a Great White feeding on an Elephant Seal carcass just off of Año Nuevo. The shark was taking beach-ball sized chunks out of the seal. I was damned glad I was in a 40+ foot boat at the time.
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