A great white shark was filmed near Boothbay Harbor, Maine. It was feeding on a minke whale carcass and looking noticeably pedestrian. This is an important point because so much media depicting sharks presents them as threatening and vicious, when in fact the number of attacks from great whites and all sharks is extremely small.
Lightning strikes are far more likely than shark attacks. For example, in Maryland from 1959 to 1994 there were 250 lightning strikes involving people and zero shark attacks.
Commercial media likes to depict sharks as vicious killers of humans, but they are merely looking for food just like any other species.
It would probably be revealing if someone were to study how much money commercial media companies have made by exploiting shark imagery and how little they have donated to marine conservation of any type.
Even though sharks seem to mostly misunderstood and unappreciated due to demonization by mass media, they provide important ecological benefits, “Sharks are often “apex” or top predators, helping to regulate species abundance and diversity while maintaining balance throughout an ecosystem. Studies have shown that coral reef ecosystems with high numbers of apex predators tend to have greater biodiversity and higher densities of individual species.
The loss of apex predators in a reef ecosystem upsets the natural food web and changes the composition of the reef community, eventually leading to the decline of critical reef species like herbivorous fish. With fewer herbivores, algae can become overgrown, suffocating the reef and reducing the number of available niches for fish species.” (Source: Coral Reef Alliance)