Let's Help Rename Shark Attacks!
Last week, shark scientists began a formal move away from referring to shark encounters as 'shark attacks'.
The reasoning, say the scientists involved, is that most attacks aren't attacks at all but, as sharks don't have hands to touch and feel, they test objects with their mouth and the result is a case of curiosity killed the human.
A change in language matters says Dr Leonardo Guida, “because it helps dispel inherent assumptions that sharks are ravenous, mindless, man-eating monsters”,
Christopher Pepin-Neff goes further saying, "'shark attack’ is a lie." The problem, however, is that while the scientists say 'shark attack' may be misleading they've offered no obvious replacement, and this is where Swellnet readers can help our brethren in the science community.
Let's fill in the gap and come up with terminology that better addresses the event formally known as a shark attack.
Here's a few primers to kick things off:
- Love bite
- Bicuspid cuddle
- Fang dangle
- Northern Rivers kiss
- Grey suit grope