According to University of Sydney language researcher Christopher Pepin-Neff, the term ‘Shark Attack’ is a lie.
Along with like-minded advocates and marine experts, he is coming together to ask the public to switch away from the word ‘attack’ to dispel the notion that sharks are ‘ravenous’ and ‘mindless.’
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the word ‘attack’ unfairly stigmatizes sharks as deliberate killers and wants the term association abolished.
They suggest using neutral words like “interactions, incident, negative encounters, or bites.
“Accurately describing shark interactions helps improve the public’s understanding and their behavior,” Pepin-Neff added.
The vast majority of ‘shark encounters’ can be attributed to curiosity and not hunger, experts said.