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PORBEAGLE Not a threat but threatened.

Being mistaken for a relative is unfortunate when that relative is the great white shark. Porbeagles (Lamna nasus) don’t have the sensational and often fictional media profile of their larger relative the great white. But since porbeagles are indeed sharp-toothed sharks perhaps the first thing an outdoor swimmer wants to know is: who gets bitten by them? The answer is fishermen.

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