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  1. How often do you see sharks when you swim, surf or dive in the ocean?
  2. In your opinion, which of the following represents the greatest danger for people who swim in the ocean: stinging jellyfish, sharks, currents, big waves? Explain your answers.
  3. Take a guess! Approximately how many shark attacks occur worldwide every year? (Think about it! How often do you see articles about shark attacks in the newspapers?)
  4. There are many species of sharks. Are they all dangerous?
  5. What is the name of the most dangerous species of shark?
  6. How do most movies portray the shark?
  7. Is this typical shark behavior?
  8. Are sharks important to the ecology of the oceans? If so, how?
  9. What are the most dangerous animals where you live?
  10. Do these animals attack people without reason?
  11. Wild animals often inspire fear or even phobias (= irrational fears). For example, many people are afraid or rats. Do you think this fear is rational?
  12. Here are some common phobias. Do any apply to you?