5 recent shark stories that captured our attention

It’s here again …

Shark Week.

It’s the annual week during which Discovery Channel devotes its programming to shark-related content, in order to scare beachgoers out of the water, er, we mean educate people about sharks.

In order to celebrate Shark Week, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite shark stories this year.

Shark deterrent technology might just work

The team at Sharkbanz tested out their shark deterrent technology on a bait-stuffed dummy named Bernie.

While Bernie’s chum-filled leg dangles over the side of a surfboard, no sharks come for a bite, so long as the Sharkbanz band is wrapped around Bernie’s “ankle.” Once the band comes off, it’s a Bernie free-for-all.

Sharkbanz says this proves the band offers protection from hungry sharks.

Tips on avoiding a shark attack this summer

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The truth is that most shark attacks are grisly mix-ups. Photo: Courtesy of Elias Levy/Flickr

You’ve heard it plenty of times: Statistically, the chances of you getting attacked by a shark are close to nil. Yet many of us still name sharks as a major fear.

Luckily there are things you can do to avoid run-ins with a shark. Avoid swimming near fishermen who often leave blood and guts in their wake. Don’t surf at dawn or dusk, times when the visibility is bad for sharks, and when they go hunting.

Also, if you surf, don’t use a brightly colored board. Instead, opt for a blue or black one which some researchers believe may reduce a shark’s interest.

Blake Lively faces off against a great white

The actress is the star of The Shallows, a movie in which Lively finds herself facing off against a great white.

While it’s up there among the cheesiest ideas ever, we can’t help but be intrigued. And movie critics don’t hate it – the film has a 73 percent “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Sure, we cringe anytime Hollywood takes on surfing, but let’s not forget that Jaws was a bit of an underdog itself.

100th anniversary of the shark attacks that inspired 'JAWS'

One hundred years ago, a series of documented shark attacks near Beach Haven, NJ sparked inspiration for the novel "JAWS." Photo: Courtesy of markusneu/Twenty20

One hundred years ago, a series of documented shark attacks near Beach Haven, NJ sparked inspiration for the novel “JAWS.” Photo: Courtesy of markusneu/Twenty20

Speaking of Jaws … July 1 marks the 100th anniversary of the first shark attack by the shark that inspired the book and subsequent film.

A string of shark attacks in New Jersey led to four deaths between July 1 and July 12, 1916.

The movie itself is more than 40 years old.

Surf photographer says tiger shark attack was a blessing

Mike Coots was attacked by a shark while he was bodyboarding in Hawaii. He lost his right leg.

But he said the experience changed his life for the better.

“I wouldn't change my life for anything,” the 36-year-old Coots said in an interview with GrindTV. “The attack has provided me with opportunities in this life I could have never imagined.”

Now, Coots is an avid shark advocate, raising awareness for shark conservation.

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