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"Papa" Hemingway hunted them frequently, and was furious when they got to the end of his fishing line before he did. Herman Melville wasn't a fan of them either, and he referred to them as "pale raveners of horrible meat." The "them" in question happens to be sharks, and they continue to suffer from an image problem, even as their numbers dwindle almost uniformly in the world's oceans. It may strike some as strange then that they are doing rather well in the calm waters around the Bahamas. This online feature from National Geographic explores the sharks that live in these waters, and it also takes on the delicate balance between creating new developments around the islands and providing a safe haven for these often misunderstood creatures. Visitors should start by reading the introductory essay by Jennifer S. Holland and then continue on to the exquisite photo gallery that includes eighteen images of various sharks from photographer Brian Skerry. Finally, the site also includes a nice map and a multimedia area that includes clips on tiger sharks and mangrove nurseries.
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