The great white shark is one of the world’s most vilified predators. Its maligned public image arises from occasionally attacking humans, but more importantly by its popular portrayal as a man-eater by media.
White sharks permit only small glimpses into their lives, much of which is still shrouded in mystery. However, recent technologies are allowing scientists new insights into the life of the white shark. For the past fives marine biologist Ryan Johnson has been studying the white sharks of South Africa using some of sciences most sophisticated tools. The startling results of this work is rewriting our understanding about this ultimate predator, and questioning the legitimacy of the man-eater label so frequently pinned upon them.