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Lesley Rochat was terrified of sharks. She believed they were monstrous killers. Her diving friends used to call her ‘sharkbait’. You wouldn’t think so today. She swims among them, getting up close and stroking their backs. By plunging into the water, Rochat defeated her fear, and got to know the sharks for the gentle, intelligent creatures they are. But sharks don’t just need our understanding – they need our protection. In 2013, it was estimated by researchers at Dalhousie University that over 100 million sharks are killed each year, putting the animal at risk of disappearing...

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